THE COMBINATION CRICKET
MATCH. THIRD DAY
Saturday was a most suitable day for cricket. The air was clear and cool, the sun- shine bright, and the turf in excellent con- dition. The only person who seemed to have a fault to find with the pitch was the careful Horan, who, mindful of the mishap that befel him on the first day, was constantly on the watch for the appearance of heel-marks and bumps, and employed his bat as a smoothing iron at the commencement of nearly every over all the time he was at the wickets. Seldom has the M.C.C. ground presented so pretty a picture as that which was looked down upon by spectators in the grand stand. The smooth-shaven green was in such perfect order that the ball, when smartly hit, almost invariably beat the fieldsman in the race to the chains. The glistening turf stood out in lovely contrast to the dark solid masses of onlookers, thickly packed in a border which reached nearly three-fourths of the distance round the circle. The reserve was gay with the bright dresses of hundreds of ladies. Such self-denial as in- duced fair onlookers to sit there for hours, in order to "rain influence" on a game of which few of them understood the simplest rules, was worthy of public admiration. The grand stand was crowded; and the gross attendance was estimated at from 9,000 to 12,000 persons. The English- men, at the close of Friday's play, had lost four wickets for 109 runs. Four more wickets fell—one of them, Jupp's —before the score had exceeded 145, or 100 behind the total made by the Australian team. It then seemed probable that the whole of them would go out for less than the number required to save them from follow- ing their innings, but the last two men batted vigorously, and brought the number up to 196. The Englishmen were thus only 49 to the bad. The announcement that Bannerman intended to go in at the commencement of the second innings of the Australian eleven was received by the crowd with loud cheers. Evidently he was possessed of un- bounded pluck, but nobody can long stand up against fast bowling with a damaged finger. Every hit was certain to produce a jar which must tell on the nerves. Banner- man drove Shaw hard to the on for 4 in the second over, and for the moment people be- lieved that he was in fit trim for a second career of glory, but immediately afterwards he played all abroad at a fast ball from Ulyett—the bowler who unintentionally dis- abled him on Friday—and his stumps were scattered. Though the hope of the eleven was thus quickly disposed of, there appeared to be enough life left in the ten who re- mained to guarantee a fair score, but mis- hap succeeded mishap, and until Midwinter made a stand it seemed as if the innings would close for less than 50. Eventually the number was increased to 83 for the loss of nine wickets. At first view persons may be disposed to doubt if, apart from Bannerman, we have batsmen qualified to meet the Eng- lish cricketers on even terms, but the ill luck of Horan must not be overlooked. He was quite at home to both Shaw and Ulyett on Saturday, and seemed to understand that he had received a commission to play both for Bannerman and himself, when he was caught behind the wicket off a leg-ball that would have done no harm if allowed to pass unnoticed. More- over, the catch was made at a place which is never filled except when there happens to be a wicket-keeper like Selby with more discre- tion than valour. D. Gregory, who is un- doubtedly a fine hitter, went in rather late. Probably, it was the feeling that he must make the most of the little time at his dis- posal which led him into temptation, and let Shaw find an easy way to his wicket. As the score stands at present, the Englishmen seem to have the best of the position. From the two colonial men still in it would be rash to expect any large addition to the score. Suppose they get 20 more runs then the Englishmen will have 153 to make to win— an achievement of which they should be fully capable. No one can tell, however, until the numbers are up.
Play was resumed at 20 minutes past 12. Jupp not out on Friday for 54 was accompanied to the wickets by Armi- tage. Kendall and Midwinter bowled. D. Gregory had profited somewhat by the experience picked up on the previous day, and stationed his men in such a way as to minimise the batsmen's chances of run stealing. For the first half hour the play was very steady. Both Kendall and Mid- winter were well enough on to compel Jupp and Armitage to be cautious and take runs in morsels. At length, Armitage waa beauti- fully caught at the wickets by Blackham 5-9-121. Shaw was next man. Jupp played Midwinter to leg, and made a dash for a run. The fieldsman—Thompson we think—threw the ball badly to the bowler, who missed it, and Hodges backed up just as clumsily. The results were a run made and a wicket saved. Shaw became active in the matter of small hits, and was playing rather prettily, when Midwinter suddenly took off the bails with a good length ball which broke in from the off. "She coom back on thee, lad," suggested one of the York- shiremen, and Shaw said that was just what had happened. 6-10-135. Emmet drove Midwinter for 1. Blackham, who seldom touches the stumps unless he has clear justification for it, knocked down Emmet's wicket as the batsman reached out to drive Kendall, but Emmet had omitted to with- draw his right foot, and the appeal was in vain. The game then became very interest- ing to onlookers, who like to see bowlers treated with respect. Runs when made were chiefly got by Emmet in the form of cuts. The activity of Garrett and D. Gregory in the field was very praiseworthy. Nobody could have picked the ball up more neatly or thrown it in straighter than the latter, but from the careless aim sometimes taken by the men at short-leg and mid-on some evi- dently believed Blackham had arms like an octopus and could reach 10ft on each side of the wicket. Nothing could be in stronger contrast, as we remarked in the account of Friday's play, than the drilled movements and machine-like accuracy of the Englishmen, and the reckless hurry of the colonial eleven. Horan, Garrett and D. Gregory may be re- garded as exceptions to the rule. E. Gregory stopped many hard hits, but dropped too often to his knees, and thus lost time. Cooper, at point, did one or two smart things. At the close of an hour and a quarter's very slow play, Garrett was put on in place of Kendall and Jupp was given out leg before wicket. He had only added 9 runs to his previous day's score. 7-63-145. Hill filled the vacancy. Emmet played forward to Midwinter, and was clean bowled. " She had coom back on him too." 8-8-145. The appearance of Lillywhite was received with loud cheers. It rested with him and the next man to determine whether or not the Englishmen should have to follow their innings. He put the first ball past the umpire for 4. Kendall ran very swiftly after it, but could not get to the chains in time. A hard cut by Hill was ably stopped and smartly returned by Cooper. Lillywhite made another good hit to leg for 4 and the game became lively. Hill then put his weight (which is by no means trifling) into a ball pitched well up by Midwinter, and Horan, placed far out in the long-field dashed in for the catch. The ball took the ground just before he reached it, but he charged onwards upon it with his body. There are not many players who would have so bravely risked a painful blow to stop a hit. Horan saved 2 runs out of 4, and was much ap- plauded. Kendall took the ball from Gar- rett, and Lillywhite stepped out and drove him for 2. Hill in the next over drove him to mid-on. Thompson threw the ball in wildly to Kendall, and Midwinter, to whom it passed on from the wicket, flung it in a still worse manner to Blackham; 2 runs were thus got for overthrows. Several more runs followed and then Lilly- white played the ball back softly into the hands of the bowler. 9-10-168. Souther- ton was last man. Hill now went in for first-class cricket, and drove Midwinter with great vigour both to the off and the on. Southerton, on the other hand, played very awkwardly, and twice put the ball up behind the wicket—chances, however, which no one could take advantage of. Hill got 4 for a cut in the slips off Kendall. The ball did not reach the fence, and the fourth run was the result of smartness on Hill's part. The next good hits were off Midwinter, first one to square-leg over the fieldman's head, and then one to the off. Garrett was then put on once more in place of Kendall. Souther- ton made a high cut off the first ball, and Cooper jumped at it and made an admirable catch with his right hand. 10-6-196. Hill carried out his bat for 35. The major share of the wickets fell to Midwinter. His average for five wickets was 15 runs per wicket; Gar- rett, who delivered one third the number of balls that Midwinter did, got two wickets for an average of 11 runs. Kendall was in good form, and frequently puzzled the batsmen, but had no luck. Bearing in mind the long time that Midwinter was on he must be held to have acquitted himself with great credit, and we are not at all dis- posed to fall in with the view that the catches made off him by the wicket-keeper were pieces of luck for the bowler. Mid- winter, according to a phrase which those
who read words literally would be likely to misunderstand, "bowls much with his head."
The innings of the combination team commenced at half past 3 o'clock. The appearance of Bannerman's name on the board afforded the spectators great delight. Bannerman took the first over from Shaw (who bowled from the west end), and was very nearly caught behind the wicket off the first ball. Nat Thompson played Ulyett prettily to leg for 2. Bannerman hit several
balls back to Shaw in his own vigorous style, and then drove him to the on for 4. Thompson cut Ulyett for 1, and the batsmen changed ends. Bannerman hit Ulyett hard to the off, but a fieldsman stood in the way. The first ball of the next over from Ulyett bowled him clean. 1-4-7. Horan, the next comer, was warmly received by the spectators. He hit Ulyett high up to square leg, but no one was near and he got 2. Both batsmen proceeded to make runs. Horan cut Shaw prettily for 2 and Ulyett for 4 and 2. 20 up Horan then cut Shaw beautifully for 4. Thompson hit the ball sharply to Emmet at mid-on, and the chance was at once taken. 2-7-27. Garrett then appeared. Shortly before this Hill had been put on in place of Ulyett. Horan cut him for 1, and then ran boldly out to drive Shaw to the on; the ball was well fielded, and only a single allowed. Hill was put away neatly to leg for 2. Gar- rett played the ball back to Shaw in a some- what uppish manner, and this induced the watchful Emmet to creep in from mid-on until Garrett suddenly discovered that he had given this dexterous fieldsman an easy catch. 3-0-31. Cooper joined Horan. Most of the balls from Hill pitched to leg. Horan tried several times to get hold of them or glance them off his bat. At last he just touched the ball, and was caught by Selby half-way between the wicket and longstop.
4-20-31. The fate of Horan was a sad disappointment to the friends of the Aus- tralian Eleven, and the prospect became very gloomy. Hope was now centred in the next man—Midwinter. He had evi-
dently signed some heavy bond not to play rashly, for he began with the utmost caution. The field was spread out, and several men stationed at the verge of the horizon, but they were not needed there for some time, as Hercules did not mean to begin the work of the giant until he had got his eye in. Shaw's persistent attack on Cooper at last met with success, for the bats- man played at a break-back in very crude fashion and was clean bowled 5-3-35. The impression now prevailed that the score would never reach 60. There ensued a long period of anxious calm. Both E. Gregory (next man) and Midwinter batted with ex- treme carefulness. Ultimately the former broke the monotony of a series of maiden overs with a forward hit off Shaw for 2, and in the next over Midwinter's bat descended with great vigour on an off ball from Hill. He should have got 4 for the cut, but Emmet ran after it with the speed of a hare, and the ball was back to the wicketkeeper before the batsmen had made more than 2. Then the patient defence met its reward, and the
bowling fell off. Midwinter threw off the re- straints he had imposed on himself, ran confidently out to Shaw, and drove the ball splendidly along the ground to the chains for 4. Gregory took 2, 4 and 2 off Hill in one over. The 4 was got by an excellent cut. Three might have been obtained for the third hit (a full pitcher pulled round to leg) if the batsmen had been on the look-out for an overthrow, but each of them had run past the wicket and the chance was lost. The severe punishment just awarded to Hill brought on Ulyett in his place. The change was fatal to Gregory, for he cut the first ball into Emmet's hands at point. 6-11-58. Blackham joined Midwinter, and the play once more became steady, and the runs few. The latter batsman, it was satisfactory to notice, had learned to keep the ball on the ground. Blackham was very nearly run out. The two men, through hesitation on the part of Midwinter, got both at the same end, but fortunately for them the fieldsman who had the ball could not throw it in straight. Runs were only obtained in driblets. Blackham then ran out to a ball pitched well up by Shaw, and got hit on the leg. The appeal for leg before wicket was allowed. 7-6-71. A few words will suffice to end the ac- count of the play. D. Gregory went in next, and cut Shaw prettily for 3. Midwinter lifted the same bowler to the on for 1, but in an attempt at a hard hit got only a loose hold of the ball, and was caught at short leg by Southerton off Ulyett. He had played a very serviceable innings. 8-17-75. Kendall had hardly taken his place at the wicket when D. Gregory was bowled by Shaw. 9-3-75. The downfall of this batsman when he seemed to be about to favour the spectators with some lively play was a great disappointment. The long hand of the clock stood at 25 minutes past five, when Hodges, the last man, went in, and there were not a few who believed that all would be over by half past 5. But Kendall drove Ulyett to the off for 4, in a manner worthy of Bannerman, and next cut him over point's head for 1. Hodges followed with a pretty square-leg hit for 3. The stumps were then drawn for the day. Score, 83. The bowling of Ulyett and Shaw was very good ; indeed, the latter stuck most of the batsmen up, and brought his great reputa- tion once more from the shade into the sun- shine. Horan and Bannerman, and per- haps Midwinter, were the only members of the Australian team who did not seem to stand in awe of the master. Terry, one of the umpires, counted two overs carelessly, for he let Shaw bowl five balls in the 24th over, and only three in the 26th.
Play will be resumed to-day at 12 o'clock. Subjoined is the score—
AUSTRALIA. First Innings.
Bannerman, retired hurt ... .. 165 Thompson, b Hill... ... 1 Horan, 2, 2, 4,1,2,1 c Hill, b Shaw ... .. 12
Gregory, J> (capL), 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, E.. 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 .. .. 18 Kendall, c Southerton, b Shaw ... ... 3 Hodges, b Shaw ... ... ... 0
Byes, 4; leg-byes, 2; wides, 2 ... ... .. 8
.... .... .... 245
Bannerman, b Ulyett ... ... 4 Thompson, 2,1,1, 2 1, c Emmet, b Shaw .. 7 Horan, 2, 2,1, 4, 2 4,1,1, 1, 2, c Selby, b Hill .. 20 Garrett, c Emmet, b Shaw ... ... ..0 Cooper, 1,1,1, b Shaw ... ... 3 Midwinter, 1,1,1, 2,1, 4,1, 3,1,1,1, c Souther-
ton, b Ulyett ... ... ..17 Gregory, E., 2,1, 2, 4, 2, c Emmet, b Ulyett .. 11 Blackham, 1, 2,1,1,1, lbw, b Shaw ... ... 6 Gregory, D., b Shaw ... ... 3 Kendall, 4,1, not out ... ... 5 Hodges, not out ... ... 3
Bye, 1 ; leg byes, 3 ... ... 4
Total, with one wicket to fall ... ...83
Jupp, 2,1, 8, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 8, 2, 4, 1, 8,1, 1,1, 2,1,
1,1, 1, 1, 1, 2 3, 3, 1, 3, 2, 1, 4, 1,1, 1, 2, 1, 1,
1.1, lbw, b Garrett ... ... 63 Selby, 1,2, 4, c Cooper, b Hedges ... ... 7 Charlwood, 4, 8. 2,1,1, 4,1, 3 3,1,1,8,1,1, 2, 8,
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 Armitage, 1,1, 1, 4, 2, c Blackham, b Midwinter.. 9 Shaw, 1, 1, 1, 3,1, 2,1 b Midwintor .. .. 10 Emmet, 1. 2, 1,1,1 2 b Midwinter .. ... 8 Hill, 1, 2, 2, 3, 2,1, 2,1,1, 3,1,1,2,1,4,4,4, not
out .. ... .... 35 Lillywhite, 4, 4,2, c and b Kendall.. ... 10 Southerton, 2,1, 3, c Cooper, b Garrett ... ... 6
Leg-bye ... ... 1
Total ... ... ... 196
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Australia -Firat innings -Shiw 223 bal's, Bl runs, 81 mullions J nickels, Hill,(Khalin, 42 mi b,10 maidens, 1 wicket; Ujott, 100 bulls, '¡U runs 12 maidons ; Boutliirti u, 113 balle, C1 rung, 17 niaidoi s, 3 wickotx ; Armitage, 14 balla, 10 nina, 2 v.'ldul, 1,111}ullilo, Cü balle, 19 runs, 6 maidens, 1 wicket ; Smmot, 43 balle, l8 runi, 7 maidens
Knrjland - First Inning« -lIocIecB 30 balls, 27 rons, 1 wicket, Garrett, 73 balla, 22 nun, io maidens, 2 wickets, Kondall, 162 billa, 51 runs, lo militons, 1 wlckot, Midwlntor, 210 balla, 78 run!, 23 n aidons, 5 wickeis, thompson, 08 tails, 14 runs, 10 moideus, 1