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r CRICKET CHAT. I [By THE TYKE."] I On Saturday Ledbury received a visit from Upton-on-Severn, and after the repent rains it was not expected that run-getting would be very prolific, and such proved to be the case, but whereas five of the Ledbury batsmen reached double figures, the visitors' innings was practically the work of three men, who between them were responsible for 122 out of the 138 runs scored. This was 28 runs more than Ledbury had totalled, and Upton therefore triumphed, but the finish was most exciting, and it was only a magnificent display of resolute hitting by Grice-Hutchinson that won the game for his side. Upton bad the assistance of two of the Worcestershire pros, Collier and Bale, but, strangely enough, neither had a great deal to do with the victory. Ledbury won the toss, and, with the wicket likely to become more difficult as the afternoon went on, under the influence of the hot sun, skipper Masefield had no qualms about taking first knock, and opened the innings himself with Williams. The latter was early dismissed, being caught at mid-on off Collier, who, with Byrne, a fast bowler, had charge of the attack. This was at 9, and at 22 Brown was bowled by the fast bowler for four, and Jim Smith suc- ceeded him. The new-comer opened very quietly, but at 33 lost the company of Masefield, who was bowled by Byrne in essaying to pull a long hop. The captain had made 23, including three 4's. James showed a partiality for Byrne's deliveries, and hit four 4's and a 2 off him, while Jim Smith was playing maiden overs from Collier. A full toss, however, cut short the career of James, who skied it, and Thomas safely held the chance. At 54 Jim Smith left for a couple, for which hex had been at the wickets three-quarters of an hour. i Hoult and Harry Smith were next associated, and they carried the score to 76, when Hoult was bowled by a slow ball from Byrne for 13, and at 81 the same bowler clean bowled Smith for 12, in which were a 6 and a 4. Clarke and Guy Smith made a very useful stand, the former doing most of the scoring, including a 6 off Collier over the rails, but his partner was bowled by Collier. With Sarluis in Clarke was sent back for top score of 26, a merry innings, and at 110 the venture was closed, Corbett being run out. Byrne had 5 wickets for 55 runs, Collier 3 for 45 and Brown 1 for 4. < After tea Collier and Bale opened Upton's innings, Williams and James having charge of the attack. With his second ball the pro. bowled Collier, and Byrne, who succeeded, soon set to work, getting Williams to leg for 4 and 2. At 12 James bowled Bale for half that number, and at 27 Brown was lbw to Williams for 4. Byrne and Thomas then made a good stand, both scoring freely, especially the former, who made some fine drives. Hoult relieved James, but Williams brought about a separation, getting Byrne caught close in on the on side for a fine 41, which included three 6's, four 4's and two 2's. Then Williams bowled Hornby for a duck," and 5 wickets were down for 68 runs. Jim Smith had one over in place of Hoult, and then James resumed at his old end. The change was at once successful, as James bowled Thomas for a useful 21, and bowled Herbert next ball. Denley stopped the hat trick," and then Grice-Hutchinson, who had come in at the fall of the fifth wicket, monopolised the bowling for a time, and hit 6's off both James, Williams and Hoult, the latter of whom went on at the pro's end. Meanwhile James bowled Denley at 102, but with the Upton player named James at the wicket Grice-Hutchinson hit another 6, and James snicking one for four the match was won and lost. At 119 Hoult bowled James for 5, and Sams, the wbipper in, stayed while his partner bit 18, and he himself scored a single, before returning one to James. Grice-Hutchinfeon gave as good a display of clean, hard driving as has been seen on the ground for a long time. He sorted out the balls for the purpose, and then bit with such effect that his not-out contribution of 60 included five 6's, seven 4's, a 2 and four singles. Needless to say he received a hearty round of applause on returning to the pavilion. James secured 5 wickets for 47, Williams 4 for 55, Hoult 1 for 29, and Jim Smith had 7 runs scored off him in the only over he bowled. Eastnor received a visit from Forthampton in the return match, and winning the toss, took first knock. Court and Maddox opened the venture, and the latter left at 11 for 6. At 24 Court was sent back for 11, and six runs later Forthampton were glad to see the back of Phillips without him having troubled the scorers, doubtless having recol- lections of his not out innings of 70 odd against them a week or two ago. Browning assisted Crookes to carry the score to 47, when the former was sent back for 13, and Crookes followed him at 51 for 17. Winter and Mullins then came together and made a useful stand which added 19 runs to the score, when Winter was bowled for a round dozen. At 87 Mullins left for 21, which included three4's, and at 101 Howells was bowled. This brought Vernon Smith and Pedlingham. the wicket-keeper, together, and this pair made the best stand of the afternoon, Pedlingham being especially severe on the bowlers, and at 146 the venture was declared without further loss, the pair having put on 45 runs, 33 of which Pedlingham was responsible for. He hit well, and scored four 4's, a 3, and three 2's. Vernon Smith was undefeated with 21 to his credit. Knibb secured four wickets, Surle three and Cale one. Tea was then partaken of, kindly provided by the Rev B C Hallowes, after which Forthampton went to the wickets, but made a poor show against the bowling of Winter, who came out with the remarkable figures of 11 overs, 7 maidens, 10 runs, 7 wickets. Court bad the other 3 wickets for 37, the final total being 47. Only two batsmen reached double figures, Knibb and Dee, who each registered 11. Winter's first four overs were maidens, and he secured his first three wickets without having a run hit off him. Colwall played the Malvern College Middle I team on. Saturday at Colwall, the match ending in a draw. Batting first the Collegians scored 159, though it appeared at one time as if the score would fall far short of this total. Only Carter (30) of the earlier bats- men showed to advantage, but then the tail wagged to some purpose. Crompton (25), Clutterbuck not out (34) and O'Brien (22) all did well towards the close, the stand of the two last-named for the last wicket put- ting on 40. L Meakin and Dagger each secured four wickets and F G Meakin one. # » Colwall opened with L Meakin and Giles, but the latter left for 10, and then Mitford (21) assisted L Meakin (37) to a good stand for imp strand wicker. F G M^fikin (18) and Ddgi/fr (16 n<>t, nut) both made useful i-or)re-, :iti,l wIi^ji iiin^ was called tije ganie was l'jft iii a very interesting state, CoKvali having registered 113 for five wickets.

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