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Eisteddfod at Gilfach. Goch.




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Prince Ranjitsinhji on Fielding.


Prince Ranjitsinhji on Fielding. The art of fielding at cricket is most ex- haustively discussed by Prince Ranjitsinhji in the WiNBSOit MAGAZINE for August. «' The importance of good fielding is very easy to demonstrate. Each catch that is missed simply adds another batsman to the opposing sido. If five catches are dropped, the side that drops them has to all intents and purposes fifteen men to dispose of instead of ten and each man who thus receives a second innings starts with the advantage ot having more or less got used to the light and the state of the wicket. Again, let us suppose that each man on a side gives away in each innings three runs which he might have saved by a little more dash and keenness. Not only has the opposite side 33 more runs added to its score without the trouble of making them by their own efforts, but the side which gave the runs away has 33 more runs to get than they need have had, and consequently has given itself so much the greater chance of meeting with bad luck. A lun saved is more than a run gained it is a run that need not be got. Rurs vary in value. It is infinitely irore than three times harder for a side to get 150 runs than it is to get 50. It is infinitely easier for an individual to save 20 runs by good fit lding than it is for him to make 20 by good batting In a particular match the best batsman in the world may twice fail to rc-r-. Suppose he is a bad fielder, and fcUts uvr wdl Lc saijjht if lioldii g iu tl1.: country, 25 runs each innings. Not only has he made no runs himself, but has burdened the rest of his side with the necessity of making 50 runs more than they otherwise would have required. He has practically deducted 50 runs from the score of his side. Let us imagine that but fcr his bad fielding there would have been only 100 runs to get to win. As it is, there are 150. Clearly, as far as concerns him, 50 runs must be scored before one is counted. In a way, the strength of a fielding side must be measured by its weakest member, as that of a chain by its weakest link. Whenever there is a really bad fielder on a side, more balls seem to go to him than to anyone else. Put him where you will, he seems to attract the ball. If there is a catch to be caught that would win the match, it seems always to seek the hands of the weaker brother. If lie misses it, the efforts of the side are all spoilt and rendered futile. Mistakes cannot always be avoided, but with proper measures taken their frequency may be astonishingly diminished.


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