THE COMBINATION CRICKET
This important match was advanced another stage yesterday. The hopes of the Australian team have received an unex- pected check. Not many people expected the innings to be prolonged beyond lunch time, but when late comers arrived at 3 o'clock they found Bannerman still at the wickets, and only one man out in addi- tion to the number whose lives were taken on the first day. Suddenly a most lamentable accident happened, for Ban- nerman, whom the Englishmen could not bowl, and who would not give them catches, was disabled, and had to quit the ground in great pain. A ball from Ulyett (whose terrific speed is his great cha- racteristic) hit the unprotected middle finger of the batsman's right-hand, and split it to the bone. Bannerman had gloves on, but from the last joint of the middle finger the indiarubber was gone. Attention was promptly given to the hurt by the medical gentlemen in the pavilion, and the damage found to be serious enough to render it necessary for Bannerman to give up all play for the day, as well as to leave it doubtful whether he would be able to do further work in the match. A split finger, though not a severe mishap to a person who can give his hand a holiday is a sufficient disablement in
the case of Bannerman to make us fear he won't go in again. At any rate if he should be enough recovered by Monday to bat in the second innings, we shall certainly not witness such a performance as we have chro- nicled in the account of the first innings. As matters stood at the time of the accident the Australian team had an excellent pro- spect before it. No doubt the mischances of the game are such that a successful career may be ended at any moment, but we will undertake to say that until Ulyett's cannon shot disabled Bannerman's finger, Lillywhite saw no specific plan by which to separate the two Sydney men within the next hour. Southerton and Emmet had been beaten off, and the battery of Shaw and Ulyett had failed to make an impression. There remained Hill and the captain, who might be fresh, but would not be novel. Further disasters quickly followed the accident, for Bannerman was hardly disposed of before the next two men were got out, and as the Sydney batsman was not fit to go in again, the innings abruptly closed for 245 runs, of which 165 were got by Bannerman. This was not too heavy a total for the Englishmen to face, the quality of the bowling they had to deal with being considered. Jupp alone had undertaken to make 70, and several of his fellow-players were determined, on so good and true a wicket, to be satisfied with no less a number. At the close of the day's play, four wickets had fallen for 109, and as the four men out were such formidable per- sons as Charlwood, Greenwood, Selby, and Ulyett, the Englishmen did not seem to have got runs enough to render it likely they would tie the colonial score. When the final pros- pects of the match are inquired about, however, it must be remembered that each side has to go in a second time, and that the best bat on the Australian side will be partly, if not wholly, incapacitated. More will de- pend on the ability of the players to prolong the game until the stumps are drawn on Monday, than on the big scores that they may make in the meantime. Be- fore we describe the play in detail, it is needful to state that a large number of spectators is supposed to have got in free, by means of tickets not sold at the gates, but procured illegitimately somewhere else. Steps will be taken to stop any frauds to-day. About 3,500 persons were on the ground, and the number of faces which looked over the top of the fence swelled the total atten- dance to about 4,000. His Excellency the Governor was present for about two hours. Only a limited proportion of the spectators made use of the grand stand. The weather proved rather chilly in the absence of the
Play was begun at a quarter to 1 o'clock. It took fully a quarter of an hour to get the men in from the hasty and somewhat valueless practice which all of them seemed anxious to indulge in. Emmet and Southerton, the bowlers on when the stumps were drawn on Thursday, reopened the game. The pitch showed no ill effects from the showers which had fallen during the night. Three runs were obtained from a bye off Southerton, in the absence of a longstop. Bannerman and Blackham both batted very cautiously, and several overs were bowled before the runs came. Black- ham effected a neat cut off Southerton for
3, and Bannerman helped himself to two singles. The Sydney man was as active and sharp in his hitting as ever, but Thursday's experience had enabled Lillywhite to sta- tion fieldsmen on all the beaten lines of traffic, and it took some time to open up new tracks for the ball. Black- ham batted very stiffly, and with none of the freedom sometimes noticeable in his play. The only runs got with ease were the results of cuts. These he was always ready to make. At last a bye enabled the pair to change ends, and Bannerman, since he could not drive Southerton past mid-on or mid-off, let out with his characteristic suddenness at an off ball from Emmet. Charlwood found the hit—one of the finest of the match—far too hot a one to stop, and the ball ran along the turf all the way to the chains. Blackham got 3 and 4 by cuts, the second of them brilliantly made. Bannerman then stepped out to Southerton, and Hill at mid- on jumped high in the air to effect a catch, but only just touched the ball. Ulyett, how- ever, who was behind him, allowed only one run out of the 4 which the hit deserved. Shaw then went on in place of Emmet, who had met with no success, though he had sent in some excellent balls, and more than once puzzled Blackham. Bannerman hit one from Southerton to the chains for 4, and then followed two singles. In the next over from the same bowler Blackham attempted a hit to leg, and was bowled off his pad. 7-17-197. Garrett, of Sydney, next ap- peared, and was at once put to slow play, and the game became very pretty. So lively a companion had not been found for Banner- man since Horan was in. Garrett's first runs were a cut for 2 and a hit to long-leg for 3, both off Shaw. Bannerman drove Souther- ton hard to the on, but Hill stopped the ball splendidly. The score mounted quickly, and 210 soon appeared on the board. To describe the play in detail is hardly necessary. Both men proved rapid scorers, and the field had no rest. If the hits did not produce runs, they furnished work. Shaw was driven by Bannerman for 3, and then for 4, and Southerton cut nicely by Garrett for 2. The cannon shots of Ulyett were then sub- stituted for the slows of Southerton. Selby took note of the change, and went from the wicketkeeper's place to short slip. Banner- man drove the ball up to the grand stand for 4, and came down with great force on the last of the over, by which means he got 2. Many of the balls from Ulyett were not pitched more than half-way, but the velocity with which they descended on the turf car- ried them on with a single bound to the batsman, and proved very difficult to hit. Scarcely any runs followed from the next half dozen overs, and at 2 o'clock play was stopped for lunch. The score stood at 232, of which Bannerman had made 159, and Garrett 14. Just before they left off, an easy chance was given by Garrett to Selby off Shaw, but the wicketkeeper let the ball re-
bound from his hands.
The game was resumed at 20 minutes to 3 o'clock. Bannerman soon went to work, and Ulyett was driven to the chains for 4. The first ball of the fourth over hit Banner- man on the finger in the manner above de- scribed, and play was stopped. The English- men waited 10 minutes for Bannerman's recovery, and then called for the next man. Kendall took the vacated place. He hit
Ulyett smartly to the off for three, and tried to deal in the same effective manner with Shaw, but the ball rose behind the wicket and was easily caught by Southerton. 8-3-242. Hodges, last man, saw Garrett play the ball prettily to leg for three, and was then himself clean bowled by Shaw. 9-0-245. As Bannerman was not fit to resume his place at the wickets, the innings then came to an end. Garrett carried out his bat for 18. This was the next score in rank to Bannerman's, which
amounted to 165.
Jupp and Selby began the innings of the Englishmen. To describe the places of the fieldsmen is hardly necessary, for Cooper at point, and Blackham at the wickets, were the only two to be constantly seen in the same place. Hodges delivered the first over. D. Gregory, the captain, showed what he thought of Hodges by entrusting him with the delivery of the first over. This was no doubt the proper time to make use of the services of a young performer. There is great promise in Hodges and let us hope it may some day be fulfilled. Jupp stole a run ; Thompson at mid-on threw the
ball sharply to the bowler, who missed it, and an overthrow resulted. The contrast
between the performances of the well-drilled Englishmen and the reckless hurry of the colonial team soon attracted notice. Jupp turned on his heel to the last ball of the
over, and hit it to long-leg for 2. As he did so he dislodged a bail from the stumps, and an appeal was made, but neither Mr. Reid nor Terry saw what happened. Jupp himself admits, we believe, that he touched the bottom of the leg stump with his foot, but as Terry, to whom Mr. Reid referred the matter, did not see the bail fall, of course he had to say "not out." Garrett bowled from the opposite end. Both batsmen amused the spectators by the deftness with which they stole runs. They several times scored a run when they had not hit the ball more than five yards in front of the wicket. D. Gregory had his field ex- tended to stop hard hits. The audacity of the batsmen made them a little wild, and led to some careless returns of the ball. Several leg hits were neatly effected by Jupp and Selby off Hodges. Runs were got very quickly in l's and 2's. Selby then played the ball softly into the hands of Cooper at point. 1-7-23. Charlwood, the next man, nearly knocked the umpire off his feet with a leg hit in the first over from Hodges, and got 4. Jupp drove Garrett hard to the off. Mid- winter seemed to think it better to reserve his strength for the bowling, to which he expected to be called presently, than to pur- sue a ball which had made up its mind to go to the fence, and Jupp was allowed 4 ; but if the fieldsman had exerted himself he might have saved one of the runs. 30 up. Several maiden overs were bowled by Garrett. Hodges glanced across to Midwinter to see if he was ready to stop a leg hit, and then invited Jupp to favour him with a catch, but the Surrey batsman hit the ball far out of the fieldsman's reach, for 4, A little later, Jupp cut one from Garrett sharply to D. Gregory, who snapped it up in
an instant, and Jupp pretended to walk off to the pavilion. The crowd clapped hands, but soon found that they had been taken in. Kendall took the ball from Hodges. From his first few overs both men scored, but Garrett they could not get away. Charlwood fluked him once in the slips for 3. 50 up. For some reason, it was then considered necessary to put on Midwinter in place of Garrett. So many maiden overs had been bowled by Garrett that Gregory could scarcely have taken him off in order to let the Englishmen score ; probably he saw a little further into the future than the spectators, and noticed forerunners of some big hits. The score ascended rapidly, and Nat. Thomp- son replaced Kendall. Still the runs came, for Charlwood was in splendid trim, and Jupp constantly on the look-out for chances. From hard hitting they descended to run- stealing. As soon as Gregory saw the horse safely out of the stable (to speak by metaphor), he sent Hodges to lock the door. Jupp, de- prived of the opportunity to steal runs for small hits to short-leg, then played the ball softly to the off, and got singles. Charl- wood cut Thompson hard for 3. Midwinter was in such a hurry to return the ball that he had not time to decide which wicket to aim at, and so threw it midway between the two. Nobody had been stationed there to receive the ball from the field, and an over, throw was the cause of 1 run out of the 3. 70 up. Charlwood was soon afterwards skilfully caught at the wickets by Blackham. 2-36- 79. Jupp played Thompson neatly to leg for 2, and Ulyett, the next comer, drove Mid- winter for 4. Jupp put Thompson away to leg for 3, and E. Gregory, anxious as he seemed to be to save runs, could not get into the proper place. Eventually he did find the track, and was immediately brought to his knees by a very hard hit, which it took him all he knew to stop. Ulyett then hit one from Thompson straight into the hands of Kendall at mid-on, but the ball fell to the ground. A lady in the grand stand asked why, if the catch would have put the Englishman out, the fieldsman let it drop. Obviously the mys- teries of the game had not been fully ex- plained to her. When a good fieldsman misses a chance, a reasonable explanation is sure to follow. The dark line of specta- tors spoilt Kendall's view, and the ball took him by surprise. Ulyett then made a big hit in the direction of the stand, and the ball bounded into the bar. Two or three minutes afterwards he was given out leg before wicket. 3-10-98. There could be no doubt, from the way which Ulyett shook his head, that he had no mind to leave. Though he undertook subsequently to prove to friends and listeners, if they would only go down with him to the wickets with a tape-line, that his leg could not possibly have been in the way, he did not show his disapprobation in a very open manner to the spectators. Public confidence in Mr. Curtis Reid's impartiality, therefore, was not shaken ; but from the manner in which Terry was bounced at the close of the play for his inability to see the bail drop from Jupp's wicket, we fear that the respect paid to an umpire's decision depends very much on what side he happens to stand for. From Greenwood some good performances were expected, but he had hardly taken his place at the wicket when the sun shone out and Jupp proposed that the stumps should be drawn. No doubt the sudden ap- pearance of bright light and long shadows was unpleasant, but the proposal was un- reasonable. Jupp consumed one minute of the five minutes still available for play by looking first at the sun, shading his eyes with his left hand, and then at the bowler and the umpire. D. Gregory saw that the opportunity was a favourable one to put on Kendall. Jupp reluctantly took one ball from him, and then called out for his hat. This was brought to him by Charlwood. The rest of the over had to be taken without a mur-
mur. Greenwood was smartly caught in the next over from Midwinter by E. Gregory at short slip, 4-1-109. This concluded the day's play. Blackham kept wicket with great skill, and though he had no longstop to help him, did not let the batsmen get a single bye. Mr. Plummer deserves the thanks of the press for the courteous manner in which he furnished the particulars of the score.
Play will be resumed to-day at 12 o'clock. Subjoined is the score :-
Bannerman, 1,1, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3,2, 2, 3,3,1,1,1,
3, 2, 4,1, 2, 3, 3, 1, 1, 4, 3, 4, 4, 4, 2, 4, 4,1, 1,1,1,1, 4,1,1, 4, 4, 4. 1,1, 1, 4,1,1, 2,1, 2, 1, 3, 1, 2,1, 1,1, 3,1, 2,1, 2,1,3,1,2,1,1,1,1, 3,1,1,1, 4,1,4,1,1,1, 3, 4,1, 4,2, 4, 2, 4, re-
tired hurt . 165
Thompson, b Hill .. .. .. .. .. 1 Horan, 2, 2, 4,1, 2,1, c Hill, b Shaw .. .. 12 Gregory, D. (capt.), run out .. .. .. .. .. 1 Cooper, 1,1, 2,1,2,1,4,1,2, b Southerton .. .. 15 Midwinter, 4, 1, c Ullyett, b Southerton .. .. 5 Gregory, K, c Greenwood, b Lillywhite .. .. .. 0 Blackham, 2,1, 3, 1, 3, 4,1,1,1, b, Southerton .. .. .. .. .. 17 Garrett, 3,2,4, 2,1,1, 2,1,2, not out .. .. .. .. l8 Kendall, c Southerton, b Shaw .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3 Hodges, b Shaw .. .. .. .. .. .. 0
Byes, 4; leg-byes, 2; wides, 2 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..8
Jupp, 2,1, 3,1,1,1,1,1,3, 2, 4, 1, 3,1,1,1, 2, 1,
1,1,1,1,1, 2,3,3,1,3,2,1,4, not out .. .. .. .. .. 54 Selby, 1,2, 4, c Cooper, b Hodges .. .. .. .. . 7 Charlwood, 4, 3, 2,1,1, 4,1,3,3,1,1,3,1,1, 2, 3,
1, 2,1, c Blackham, b Midwinter .. .. .. .. 36 Ulyett, 4,1,4,1, lbw, b Thompson .. .. .. .. .. 10 Greenwood, 1, c E. Gregory, b Midwinter .. .. 1
Leg-bye .. .. .. .. .. .. ..1
Total .. .. .. .. 109
Bowling analysis,—Shaw, 223 balls, 51 runs, 34 maidens, 3 wickets ; Hill, 92 balls, 42 runs, 10 maidens, 1 wicket ; Ulyett, 100 balls, 36 runs, 12 maidens; Southerton, 148 balls, 61 runs, 17 maidens, 3 wickets; Armitage, 14 balls, 15 runs, 2 wides; Lillywhite, 56 balls, 19 runs, 5 maidens, 1 wicket ; Emmet, 48 balls, 13 runs, 7 maidens.