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CRICKET CHAT. [BY THE TYKE."] On Saturday Ledbury and Worcester Royal Grammar School, playing on the latter's ground, provided one of the best finishes to a match it has been my lot to watch for a long time, and when the players left the field at the close it was in the full belief that the match had ended in a tie, whereas when the score books came to be finally totted up Ledbury had lost by one run. However, although Ledbury lost it was the kind of match one would rather see than half-a-dozen where they triumph easily, and credit is due alike to batsmen, bowlers and fielders for the enthusiasm dis- played in the closing stages. Ledbury had first knock, and started with Hayes and Jim Smith to the bowling of Baker, one of the masters, a fast bowler and Humpherson. Neither batsman was in a hurry to start with, but they went steadily on until 43 had been scored, when Jim Smith was caught at the wicket off Baker for 11. James succeeded, but after adding nine was bowled by Baker's slow ball, and at 63 Hayes was another victim to a similar delivery after a steady innnings of 27. Brown, Smith and Masefield all failed, the skipper being unluckily out, as a fast ball from Baker got up, and the batsman put up his bat to defend his body, with the result that he provided a square-leg with a chance that was accepted. Williams left at 88, out to a bad decision as caught at the wicket, and then Clarke and Hoult made a good stand, the younger player making some fine strokes on the off. At 118 Baker bowled Clarke for 14, and at 121 Hoult was caught at the wicket for 36, which included five 4's, this being top score of the side. Batchelor and Birks carried the score to 129, when the latter was run out. Baker bowled at one end throughout the innings, and secured 7 wickets for 49 runs. Nicholas bad 2 for 29, and Humpherson had 43 runs scored off him without meeting with a success. Saddler and C H Hemus opened the school innings to the bowling of Williams and James. Hemus is a fine forcing batsman, and soon got going, scoring 17 out of the first 25 before being bowled off his pads by the pro. Humpherson failed, being out to a fine catch at cover point by Jim Smith, and Downs was cleverly caught at the wicket, Williams being the bowler in each case. Chessall, one of the masters, then joined Saddler, but at 30 Saddler got his leg in front of a straight one from Williams and retired for 13. Baker and Chessall, two o the masters, were then associated, and they doubled the score before Baker, who bit well, was out to a beautifully-judged catch in the long field by James for 17. Nicholas scored 10 of the next 16 before being Ibw to Hoult, and the same bowler clean bowled D G Hemus with a beauty at 82. George and Chessall then put on 33 runs for the eighth wicket, taking the score to 115, when Chessall was taken in the slips off Williams for a valuable and steady innings of 37. Nine runs later George was run out for 16 -a useful contribution, in which the bats- man showed fine defence, and the two last men took the score to 130 before Howse was caught at the wicket. Williams secured 7 wickets for 50 runs, and Hoult 2 for 23, while James (34), who bad no luck, and Jim Smith (12), did not secure a wicket. It was a fine finish to a good afternoon's cricket. Colwall entertained the Worcester G.W.R. on the Recreation Ground, Colwall, on Saturday last, the result being an easy victory for the homesters by 95 runs and 3 wickets to spare. Colwall batted first on a capital wicket, and ran up the large score of 200 for the loss of only 7 wickets, the chief feature of the batting being the brilliant innings of the home captain, F G Meakin, who contributed 80 in fine style. A S Dagger was also in good form and played a fine innings for his 43. B L Mitford and T W Wall also made 27 each, the latter also carrving out his bat, and as stated the score reached 200 for 7 wickets, at which the innings was declared closed. C Rea was the most succesful bowler, capturing 5 wickets. Tea was then partaken of and with just under two hours' batting the visitors started on their task. The first wicket fell with only 11 runs on the board. C Rea and Collier, however, improved matters, the latter making some strokes, including one out of the ground for 6, until he was bowled for 26 by Moss. S Rea joined his brother and another fine stand was made, and the pair carried the score to 75. Afterwards, how- ever, the remaining batsmen failed before the bowlers, C Rea, who had been batting for a hour and a half, being stumped for a patient innings of 37. The end came soon after for 105, Colwall, as stated, gaining an easy victory. 4c Eastnor journeyed to Upton on Saturday and won a well-contested game by a margin of 20 runs. Upton had first knock, but lost Denley at 6, and Byrne was sent back at 24 for 17, scored in quick time. Brown left at 28, and the bowlers continuing to bold the upper band, eight wickets were down for 53. Beckingham and Hughes then came together and made a good stand, putting on 32 runs for the ninth wicket before Winter bowled Beckingham for 14. At 93 the venture closed, Hughes carrying out his bat for a meritorious 28. Winter secured 7 wickets for 45 runs, and Phillips 3 for 37, while Browning (7) failed to secure a wicket. Eastnor made a bad start, as they lost Court and Maddox at 5 and Phillips at 10. Browning (23) and Mullins (31) then made a stand, but despite their efforts 7 wickets were down for 65, when Crookes and Howells became associated. This pair pulled the game ripht round, and knocked off the runs. At 108 Howells was sent back for 22. which included a 6 and three 4's. The innings eventually realised 113, Crookes carrying out his bat for 22, in which he was credited with a 5 and two 4's. Eastnor thus triumphed by 20 runs.

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