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CRICKET CHAT. I

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CRICKET CHAT. I [BY THE TYKE."] What a contrast between last Saturday and Saturday week? Ugh Candidly I could not fancy sitting and watching cricket in such beastly cold weather as we experi- enced last Saturday afternoon. What a con- trast Friday and Saturday. On the one day delightfully warm and bright; then the thunderstorm at night; followed by a posi- tively cold air on the Saturday. You can't get really enthusiastic about cricket on such a day, at least I couldn't, but evidently Frank James, the Ledbury all-rounder, did, as Withington found out. Ledbury should have gone to Withington last Saturday, but owing to the latter's ground not being in trim the match was played at Ledbury by arrangement. Led- bury had first knock, and opened with two of the numerous Smith family, the long and short of them, to wit, Harry, the wicket- keeper, and Jim, the left-hander. The pair put on 18 before Jim Smith was caught off Fox for half-a-dozon. James joined Smith and the pair made the best stand of the day, the former soon setting about the bow- ling, an I his second scoring stroke was a 6. At 46 Harry Smith was run out for 15, and Hoult, who followed in, was sent back without -scoring. < James went on Until he had registered 39, which included two 6's and three 4's, while Williams and the skipper, C B Masefield, each registered a round dozen. Brown, Hayes and Kendrick failed, but Clarke and Corbett made a useful last wicket stand, the former carrying out his bat for 13. The total was 108, the last five wickets only putting on 24 runs. Fox and James each secured three wickets, Heal two and Firkins one. « On Withington going in to bat they found James in his most deadly form with the ball, and when that occurs it means trouble for somebody. In this case 4 was the Withington batsmen, none of whom reached double fignres, while the total was only 38. James secured 7 wickets for 13 runs, and the last 5 wickets only cost him 6 runs. Williams secured 2 for 18, and Hoult, who bowled a couple of overs towards the close of the innings, bad two runs bit off him, without meeting with success. » On Saturday last Eastnor scored an easy victory over Forthampton on the Castle ground. Batting first Forthampton could only put together a total of 26 against the bowling of Winter and Court, the former taking 4 wickets for 13, and Court 6 for a like number of runs. Eastnor ran up a ecore of 138 for 6 wickets. The chief con- tributor was that promising young batsman, Leonard Phillips, who, going in second wicket down, was undefeated with 71 to his credit, Bcored out of 110 put ou while he was at the wickets. In the course of his innings he hit a 6, five 4's, two 3's. and nine 2's. Court, Mullins and Crookes were each responsible for a dozen and Howells made 13.

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