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INTERSTATE ^ BASEBALL.

SOUTH- AUSTRALIA DEFEATED. .. - . i MELBOURNE, A#ugust 10. ? The first of a. eeries. of three baseball matches bet wen Victoria and South Aus tralia was played, on the Fitzrqy Cricket Ground .ibis afternoon, and resuUtod in a win for Victoria by 0 runs to 4. It is more than 30 years since the first interstate match 'Between Victoria and South Aus tralia was played. The South Australian team were apparently over-anxious at the opening, and- made several errors, which gave tie Victorians three runs. In 'the earlier stages they showed a lack of enter prise when on the bases. Although their batting was ? stronger than' 'that ' of the Victorians, -but their hits were uot 'bunch-#gj'.and M times their batsmen failed. . With runners . on the bases, notaibly .in .the -third innings, they secured eight «afe hits to five, but their errors ?totalled nine, compared wibh six by the Victoriana, and lost them the game.- Their infielders erred oa theside of throwing low, instead of -breast high, with the result that Roberts, at first base, had many weakened and indifferent plays to thandle. The Victoriana -had the ? call in -battery work, Lansdown striking out eight batmen, while C.-E. Ewera could 'fan' only one. The ?teams, #n their 'batting 'order, were as follows: — Victoria — ^Lansdown (left field), W. Ponsford (catcher), 6. Davies (short stop), A. Lansdown (pitcher), F. Vaughan (third baee), A. Cant (second Ibase), W. Thompson- (third base), C. Temple (right.. field), ^and F. Kilgour (centre field).; South Ausiralii-W. Wiles (third base), W.. Buchanan (short stop), A. Hernden (second baee), C. Marshal] (catcher), S. Holland (left field), H. Stephens (right field), E. Roberte (first base), C- Ewers (pitebfer), and L. LeCormi (centre field).. E. Ewers and-E. -Schultz relieved S. Ewers and C. Marshall as pit cher and --atcl}er respectively, in the seventh innings. - Notwithstanding the errors, there were many brilliant iplaye, and »the South Austra.liansr6hould give a better account -. in their next game. Le Corau was the . most . effec tive 'batsman for ? South Australia, and Buchanan, at short stop, was at his top. Marshall was effective as catcher, but C. Ewers did' not, receive the support due to his pitching. Rdberts, who had many hard plays at first base; Holland, in the outfidld: and Stephens, wno marred his use fulness by a couple of mistakes, but never thfless performed well ,at right field, played creditably. Scores: — ? . ? Victoria-3, 1. 0, 1, 0, 4, 0, 0 (9) South Australia— 0. 0, 0, 0, 1, 0, 3, 0, 0 (4). The next game wfil be played on Satur day afternoon op 'the Fitzroy Ground. This will befoHowed by 'a. match between. the umpires and the association. pjayerj# Jn the evening a dinner and smoke 'sociall will -be given to. the (South Australians and the Victorian umpires by the Victorian Asso ciation. . , . .. - .- .

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