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Veteran George Maare.
lt's B2 year, since I played with the com- bined Nuw South Wales and ? Victorian twenty-two' against H. H. Stephenson's ïMgiisfa, i:iuven, tho first English team ot cr.M>:.etcrtf, iu.d v,.> bstat them by twelve wM'tcls. I managed tu-^cret ten of their wickets. I don't remember tlif> averages. Jn the first inning's I settled'.lout' wickets for 22, and bowled nine maidens ont of BB balls. In the second innings I manari to get six wickets, and they all wen! d:>wn' ?for; 75. So you seo, I was not bad at the game. '
The speaker was the veteran George Moore, oB... West Maitland, - who was 94 year» of ago last week.' He was born at Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England, on April 18, 1820, served- bis apprenticeship to. the bakery and confectionary trades, became a good "all-round cricketer, and married be- fore he left for Australia in 1852. Ho played' in representative Australian teams against Hu H. Stephenson's team in 1861 62.: George Parr's 1863-4, and W. G. Grace's 1S73-74, and of course was a mem- ber, of the first Australian twenty-two. In 1870 he was presented with a silver-mount- ed 'ball in recognition of his bowling in international^ cricket, and in the following year Ia valuable clock, was given him fdr ? bindiar services. He still foljows with keen ' interest tho cricket «ports in the press.
art'l of course is specially iiit.erte.it«.> ¡¡, th, success of his grandson. Chf.tUo ilf.cuvtncy, the. brilliant Gordon cricketer.''
Tho veteran had four children. Mr. M. F. (Moore, an ox-Major of Newcastle, Mr. George Moore, jun., of West Maitland; iMrs. Mark Winter, the well-known florist, and Mrs J. B. Macartney, of Sydney. His brother, the lato Mr. 'James Moore, also played against tho first English Eleven, and two nephewé, William and Leon Mooro, I have represented tfi&^State in Interstate
? matches. ^
The old man enjoys a chat about old time cricketers, and does not hold with ithoso (who consider that there has been much improvement in the quality bf cric- ket. -The turf wickets and\improved cricket material have to be credited with any ap- parent improvement, he says. He believes that, he will live to Bcore his century in years, and cricketers throughout Australia . will join in the wish that' the veteran's
hope roay.be realised. (
Speaking of bia grandson, Charily Macartney, tho old man says V-"Charlio wants tho little cedar bat he used as iv child when I taught bimi his cricket. 1 used to bowl him with green apples. He could play the round ones, but when I senti them down with an off-break they .bothered him. I'm thinking they would not bother, Charlie now. He ia a wonderful bat/ but I taught h;-i all his off-strokes. I was i never as good a bat as Charlie, but I was a better bowler and a better field. Too much reliance ls placed on tho [batsman I now, and fielding is not sufficiently culti ! vated. I always look Xor good fielders..'-'