Yorke's Peninsula Advertiser and Miners' News (SA : 1872 - 1874), Tuesday 24 March 1874, page 2, Trove


At last they have arrived ! Three months of mingled suspense, anxiety, and anticipa-tion, and wc have these famous cricketers among us! Three months of assiduous practice on the part of the " knights of the willow " of Yorke's Peninsula in preparation for the event, and at last the opportunity is presented to them to try conclusions with a picked eleven of the nursery of cricketing, and all other manly outdoor exercises ! For the past twelve or fourteen weeks little else has been talked of but cricket, and our chances in the coming struggle. To any but downright enthusiasts in the game the topic has become nauseating ; and we really do not know what the people will do after the conclusion of the match for a common subject for discussion, unless we can arrange a new excitement, or the share market should take a favorable turn. We have not entered into the scheme so warmly, perhaps, as we would have have done could we have seen the benefits which the district was to receive as compensation for the amount which the Englishmen will take from the district. We are perfectly aware that it will be the means of directing the attention of many to this district to whom the Peninsula has hitherto been only a name ; but we confess our inability to see that the visit will be practically beneficial to the extent that some very sanguine persons seem to think it will. Most of our readers are aware of the circumstances which led to the Peninsula securing the visit of the English team, whilst the Adelaide cricketers failed; but we will recapitulate the facts in order that their memories may be refreshed. Mr. Grace's agent (Mr. Biddle) in Melbourne, previous to their arrival in the colonies, wrote to the South Australian Cricketing Association to know whether they desired a visit from the All England Eleven, and stated that the terms were £1200. .Some Peninsula residents expressed a desire that the Britishers should pay us a visit also, and endeavoured to arrange matters with Adelaide. In this, however, they failed, owing to the unconscionable demands of the S. A Cricketing Association. A few leading residents of the three Peninsula townships hereupon conceived the idea of floating a company for the purpose of raisiug the necessary funds, independently of Adelaide assistance, for a visit of the English cricketerg ; and such was the ready support they received that a telegram waa seat to Mr. Biddle accepting his terms for a visit of the team to this colony, namely, £800 and all expenses. Mr. Biddle had intimated that the Eleven would play only one match in South Australia, and this honor Yorke's Peninsula secured. The number of real cricketers among us was at that time limited in the extreme; communication was therefore opened with some of the best players in the colony, with a view to make the affair as attractive and successful as possible, and eventually seven were nominated from Adelaide and elsewhere, and fifteen from the Peninsula. The Peninsula champions were in sad "form," and it was felt that a "coach" (or coachman, as Mr. S. Morcom would say) would be necessary to put them in such trim that the Englishmen would experience

"The stem joy that warriors feel

In foemen worthy of their steel."

For this duty Mr. T. W. Wills was engaged in Melbourne, and arrived on the Peninsula a few weeks ago. It was known that Mr. Wills was eminently qualified for the position for which he lias been engaged {except perhaps, that he was inclined to be a little too easy), having been a cricketer of some renown in the old country a few years ago, and having been the ''coach" to several clubs at various times in Victoria. Under his tuition a marked improvement was soon visible among the Peninsula players, though of course the shortness of the time he has been here has prevented the possibility of his putting our representatives in first-class form. But practice has been had almost daily in one or other of the townships, and all that could be done to improve the chances of success has been done. It is a very general opinion, however, that all the best players the Peninsula could produce have not been chosen, nor are the outsiders the pick of the colony. However, it would be useless discussing that question now ; and we must therefore be content to let the cricketing fame of the Peninsula rest in the hands of those who have been selected. We can hardly hope that we shall be the victors, but trust that our representatives will, to the utmost of their power, endeavour to make a show that will convince those who affect to laugh at our folly in putting ourselves against the "British lions," that we have a certain amount of ability to back up our "presumption" , and that it is not all "blow" as to our prowess. Additional interest is given to this match, as it will be the last exhibition of the skill of the Eleven.

A brief resume of their doings since their arrival in the colonies may prove interesting :— They landed in Melbourne on the 13th of December of last year, and met with a warm welcome. To the astonishment of everyone, their first essay iu the cricket-field was a signal victory for the colonials. They met eighteen representatives of Victoria on Boxing Day, and were defeated by one innings and 21 runs. Their next trial was at Ballarat, against 22 local men and two or three from Melbourne, and here they gave us a sample of big scoring, making 470 runs in one innings, the focal team scoring 27G. The result, however, was a draw. Wills played in this and aeveral i other provincial matches in Victoria. At ] Stawell they sustained another disastrous defeat, the local team winning with ten wickets to spare. In their first innings the Eleven only scored 43 runs. Here also a single wicket match was played by six of the Englishmen against 12 of Stawell, which was also won by the colonials, Stawell scoring 29, and the Britishers 2 ! Thence they pro ceeded to Warrambool, and here fortunefavored them, the Eleven winning by 10 wickets. This tn itch only occupied two days, an ! on ill-; third day six of the professional ut of the English team, w t> • iy ed a combined team of 18 of Warrambool and two or three from Melbourne. They were again unfortunate, ! the locals making 172, against the English men's 26. They then returned to Melbourne and proceeded to Sydney, were they met i 18 New South Welshmen, and lost bjr 8 ; wickets. In a single wicket match which j followed, Grace made the required number of runs himself. At Bathurst against 22 the , English Eleven won by 8 wickets. They then returned to Sydney, and were pitted ' against a combined Fifteen of New South | Wales and Victoria. Here the Englishmen i showcdjtiieir superiority, winiugby 218 runs. ' Considerable ill feeling was engendered by j this match, aud both the Sydney dailies j characterised this exhibition of cricket as j disgraceful. Returning to Victoria they i had a trial of skill with 22 of CastJemain and j won with live wickets to spare. Their good j fortune followed them to Sandhurst, where ! they suceeded in beating the 22 local men J by seven wickets. They tlieijjplaced them- ! •selves in antagonism with 15 of Victoria, j and won with eight wickets to spare. A ! match that was expected to be a very inter- I resting then took place, the English , Eleven going to the wickets with 11 Vic- \ toriuns in the field. When the stumps were dr siwii live of the Englishmen were out for 242 runs. They then proceeded to Launccston and played against 22 of that city, | where they were again victorious in one innings, the islanders putting together 215 in both innings. At Hobart Town they met 22 of the Southern District of Tasmania, whom, they succeeded in disposing of with eight wickets to spare, G. F. Grace making the magniiicient score of 154 runs. Tliey then returned to Victoria, and played their final match in Mlehourne, against IS of Victoria, but owing to the incessant rain the game was a draw. The Englishmen were, however, far in advance of their opponents.

The Eleven left Melbourne on Tuesday by the Coorong for Adelaide, from whence they were to have been transferred to the Royal Shepherd and immediately brought on to the Peninsula. Their passage, however, proved such a iough one that on the Coorong calling at Lacepede bay a telegram was sent to the Yorke's Peninsula Cricketing Association, enquiring whether they could not engage a coach to bring them on to the Peninsula. This was impossible, without entailing serious loss on the Association, as cabin berths had been engaged in the Royal Shepherd for the whole of the team and a reply to that effect was we believe, returned to the English cricketers. J)r. Herbert had gone to meet them on their arrival at Adelaide, and probably the representations of Mr. Grace and the sad tale of their sufferings softened the Doctor's heart, and induced him to have a coach for their special benefit. However that may be, a telegram was received in Kadina that the cricketers had left Adelaide on Saurday morning in a special coach, and might be expected at Kadina about five o'clock in the afternoon. By that hour a crowd,—which was being constantly increased until there could not have been fewer than 1500 persons had collected in the vicinity of the Royal Exchange Hotel where apartments had been prepared for the members of the team. For the nonce there wa» a metamorphosis —everybody had become a cricketer in heart and soul, and consequently distressingly interested in everything pertaining to the game. The stores remained with open doors, it is true ; but the infection had got behind the counters, and anyone who required, during the quarier of an hour preceding the arrival of the team, and item of personal embellishment, or a lining for hsi «' inner man," was an a object of pity. Bank managers and their clerk, Justices of the peace, mining managers, storekeepers and their aaiistants, lawyers, auctioneers, publicans, the well-to-do tradesmen, the mining speculator, the artisan, ihc miner, and even "poor old Joe " the oysterman — were all jostled indiscriminately together, in a state of helpless excitemen-, talking cricket: whilst the fair eex talked about cricketers, your reporter alone maintaining liia usual stolidity of countenance. About a quarter to six the advanced guard, who had taken up a reconnoitring position at the top of Grave-street, espied a co sell deploying into the open plain near the New Cornwall Aline, and in they came helterskelter to report the circumstance to the vast crowd now assembled in front of the Royal Exchange. A Band had here taken up a position, but the players were evidently suffering from the general complaint: their nerves were unstrung ! Presently the coach entered the town, and was driven direct to the hotel, being loudly cheered. On entering the hotel, they were cordially welcomed by a number of the leading residents of the several townships. Mr G. F. Grace did not accompany his fellow crickcters on this occasion, private considerations having necessitated his return to Tasmania. Mr, Jupp arrived on the followingday. A number of persons being abont the hotel as long as there was any chance of getting a glimpse of the lions of the hour and Host Mitchell had a busy time of it.— Monday 1'ird March.—People Were astir early this morning, more particularly in Kadina and Wallaroo, making preparations for the great event of to-day. The feverish state of the people in most cases, have disappeared though the interest was intensified. A large number of visitors have arrived from various parts of the colony which gave the township a very lively appearance. The influence of the visit of the Eleven, war, however more particularly felt at Kadina, ow'ng to the Englishmen being accommodated at (hat town, and its proximity to the cricket ground, on the racecourse midway between Wallaroo and Kadina, whither people were conveyed by a number of specia' trucks placed on the line by the Kadina Railway Company. It was arranged that the wickets should be pitched at one o'clock each day, and many of the places of business were closed each day at twelve o'clock. The site selected for the oval Was, we think, as good as any that could have been found on the Peninsula, being almost as level as a bowling alley. Certainly there is a total absence of turf but then this is the case anywhere in the vicinity of the three townships. The "oval" comprises an area of about twelve acres, and is surrounded by a close fence about eight feet high; this is protected by a wire fence, at a distance of some 70 yards, at the southern or main entrance of which are placed boxes, from whicn the tickets were obtained. An entrance between two rows of posts with wire lead to the entrance to the ground and the ticket delivery office. The " oval" has also another wire enclosure, separating the players from the sightseers On the east and w«st are erected two stands covered with canvass capable of accommodating about 50. Contiguous were a number of booths intended for the accommodation of visitors.

The weather, which had been unsettled for a few days previous, turned out fine, and there was a fair attendance. Generally the arrangements were deserving of great praise.


Mr. W. G. Grace of course captained the Englishmen, and Mr. Williams, of Melbourne, acted as umpire. Mr. Julius Ey was chosen captain of the Peninsula team, and Mr. Burttas • umpire. The Peninsula Captain (Mr. Julius ! Ey) won the toss, and sent his men to the wickets j to the bowling of Mclntyre and Southerton. Perrvman and G. Andrews were sent to the wickets', and after a few balls without result, the former got one away for 2. In the next over Andrews was bowled by Mclntyre, and retired without scoring. After receiving two or three balls without adding to his score, Perryman also was bowled by Mclntyre. King took Perryman's place, but was bowled by Mclntyre before he had succeeded in breaking his duck s egg. Southerton then disposed of the next two before they had scored—T. Ey and J. Bails. J. E. Gooden slipped the next ball, and Morton was run out. Morcom joined the Adelaide crack, and after scoring one was given out l.b.w. E. Andrews then camc in, but was bowled by Mclntyre without scoring. Rough took the bat. Gooden then got the ball well away to field for 4 and in next ball retired. Rough in Southcrton's next over was caught by Mclntyre at mid off. Upton then went in. B. Rosman took Andrew's place, and gave a chance to W. G. Grace at point, which was missed ; he gave him another, however, of which he availed himself, and the Burra representative retired without scoring. J. Ey was caught and bowled by Southerton. Nicholls got one away to leg for 2, and in second ball of next over was canght by Humphrey off Mclntyre. Wills supplied the vacancy. Upton was bowled by Hclntyre, and Chittleborough came in. Then followed three maiden overs, End in the next Mclntyre gave a bye and a wide. Shortly afterwards Chittleborough scored 1, and after two or three inor* balls, Wilis got one from Southerton, and re~ tired. Arthur came on, but soon found his fatjAt Pinnick followed, and after placing I to his ere cut, was caught by W. G, off Mclntyre. Juliife came in and gave a drive for 3, and afterwards another for 2, when he was bowled by Southerton. Paqualin took his place, Southerton bowled a maiden over, and Mclntyre followed suit. Chit'leborough then got one that he could not negotiate from .Mclntyre, and made room for his successor, Nottle. Paqualin got one to leg for 2 off Southerton, and then 2 off a ball by Mclntyre. The latter again gave a wide, and Nott'e got one of .^outhertod's nextawcy for I. Paqualin then made three singles, when he gave a drive to long off which was caught by Oscroft. I)r. Herbert joined Nottle, and the latter had succeeded in putting two singles and a 4 to hit credit, ere the adjournment for luncheon, which was attended very numerously by those prepared to do very ample justice to the excellent viands provided. Dr. Herbert proposed " The Queenand then gave the " All England Cricketers, " associating with it the name of Mr. W. G. Grace, to which that gentleman responded, and proposed the " Y. P. Twentytwo." Mr. Julius Ey responded. Mr. W. Ey then gave " the Chairman, Dr. Herbert," which having been acknowledged, play was resumed. W. G. Grace relieved Mclntyre, aHd the doctor drove the first ball for one. In Southerton's over he got the ball to field for two, and was then bowled by Southerton, Nottle carrying his bat out for seven rur<6, making in all, including sundries, 42.

At half-past four o'clock the Twenty-two took the field, W. G. and Jupp going to the wickets, Arthur and King trundling the ball. Grace gave a chance to ftosman in the first over which was missed. In King's next over he gave a wide and Grace scored 1; another off Arthur, and then a single off King. The latter gave another wide, and then Perryman took his place. Jupp got I off Arthur, and then a drive under the fence off Perryman for 4. Grace got another ofi Arthur. Jupp gave Juliffea chance which he missed and he scored 2. In Arthur's next over Perryman caught Grace and the numbers went up 18-1-5 Greenwood took W. G.'s place and commenced by making a drive for 4. In the next over Jupp was admirably stumped by the wicketkeeper, J. Ey 23-2-10. Gilbert came and after a maiden over from Perryman, gave a strike to leg for I, Greenwood gave a chance to Paqualin at longon which was missed, and he played 1 to his credit. Arthur's next over Gilbert then got a single, and followed with a hit to leg off Perryman for 2. Greenwood a:ade one each off Arthur, when Gilbert was bowled by Perryman, 32-3-5. Oscroft took Gilbert's place, but was bowled the firstbal 132-4-0 Humphrey went in, and a maiden over followed. Greenwood then made a single, a 4 and a 2. Upton took Arthur's place, and bowled a maiden Greenwood got one to long off for one, and afterwards gave two easy catches to J. Ey to inidon, which were missed. Humphrey got one off Perryman, when Greenwood drove one to field, which fell in Nottle's hands, but slipped through, and scored 2. Humphrey got a single off Upton. Greenwood gave a splendid drive for 3 and then got a sinle. Humphrey was caught by the bowler in next over, and retired 49-5-4. 2»lcIn tyre went in and took the last ball of the over. Greenwood added 1 to his score off Perryman, and Mac got 2 for a drive to long off. A maiden over followed, after which Mac gave a chance to Rough, which was missed. The same player stole a run, aud would have been out had the ball net been handled badly by Gooden. King took Upton's place, and in his third ball put Mclntyre out, 55-G-5. Lilly white went in and gave a chance first ball, which was missed, scored 1, added another single off Perryman, and then placed a 2 and a 1 to his credit. Wills then relieved Ferryman, and in his third took Lilly's stumps, G1-7-5. Bou't came in and scored i, then gave a chance to Bails, which was misled, hi next ovev, Greenwood gave another chance to Bails, which he accepted, and the Yorkshire representative retired, with the highest score of the day, though he bad given several chances, G2-8-22. Bush came to keep Boult company. King bowled two maidens, in which a bye was .scored. Boult then scored 1, and in King's next over was bowled, G2-9-2. Southerton took bis place, and was bowled by King's first bali, and the Eleven retired for 64 runs. The play of the Englishmen was rather lose throughout, but Bushe's wicketkeeping was much admired. The play of the Peninsula team was, on the whole, fair, though several very good catches were missed.



J. W. Perryman, b. Southerton ... 2 G. Andrews, b. Mclntyre ... 0 F King, b. Mclntyre ... 0 T. Ey, b. Southerton ... 0 J. Hails, b. Southerton ... 0 C. Morton, run out ... 0 J. E. Gooden (1-4) b. Southerton ... 5 S. Morcom {1) lbw ... 1 E. Andrews, b. Mclntyre ... 0 Rough, c. Mclntyre, b. Southerton ... 0 B. Rosman, l.b.w ... 0 J. Ey, c. and b. Southerton ... 0 J. Nicholls, c. Humphrey, b. Mclntyre.. 2 T. W. Wills, b. Southerton ... 0 J. Upton, b. Mclntyre ... 0 J. Chittleborough, b, Mclntyre ... 1 H. Arthur, b. Southerton ... 0 Pinnick, c. Grace, b. Mclntvre ... 1 Juliffe, (3.2.) b, Southerton ... 5 Paqualin (2.2.1,1.1) c. Oscroft, b. Southerton ... 7 Nottle ( not out ... 7 Herbert, (1.2.) b. Southerton ... 3 Sundries ... 8 35

BOWLING ANALYSIS. Balls. Runs. No balls. Wides. Wickets.

Southerton 110 29 2 0 11 Mclntyre 93 4 2 1 9 W. G. Grace 4 1 0 0 0


W. G. Grace ( c. Perryman, b. Arthur ... 5 H. Jupp ( st. T. Ey ... 10 A. Greenwood ( Bails... 22 W. K. Gilbert ( b. Perryman .. 5 W. Oscroft, b. Perryman ... 0 R. Humphrey, ( e. and b. Upton ... 4 F. H. Boult (1.1.) 1). King ... 2 Mclntyre (2.1.2.) b. King ... 5 J. Lillywhite ( b. Wills ... 5 J. A. Bush, not out ... 0 Southerton, b. King ... 0 Sundries ... 6 64


Balls. Runs Wides Wickets

Arthur 35 13 0 1 King 28 8 3 3 Perryman 62 28 0 2 Upton 24 7 0 1 Wills 12 2 I 2 The full report of the Cricket Match will appear in our next issue of the Summary for English Mail. Orders for the Paper should be sent in early.