St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

100 Seasons Ago St George's Park - 100 Seasons Ago
The week ending March 7, 1903

Added 4 / 3 / 2003

Excellent weather favoured the Union vs Algoa match which came off on the old Oval ground today, and more than ordinary interest was taken in the match in view of the Currie Cup tournament.

Union went in first, and sent D Crooks and H Hibbert to wield the willow against the trundling of the Crage Bros.

D Crooks caught Hibbert off S Crage with the score at six, whilst his partner, who was not long in raising his score over 20 by means of fours mainly, was joined by R Gleeson, who opened with a single.

A change was made in the bowling, Spindler going on in place of E Crage.

With a magnificent drive off Spindler, Gleeson increased desultory scoring by three, the board shortly afterwards registering 50.

Just before this Hibbert had a narrow escape in standing out to meet a delivery from Crage. Sixty up was just telegraphed when Hibbert infused more life into slow but interesting play by sending Spindler to boundary with a magnificent drive.

Bridger now partnered E Crage in the bowling, and from a delivery of the former Hibbert, who was playing a rattling game, cut to leg for a boundary amidst applause, increasing his score to 47.

Gleeson repeated this performance a few minutes later, securing a four off Crage. This was the first time a ball of Crages had been so punished. Gleeson continued to play finely, and in bringing the total 90 with a boundary from Spindler (who had gone on in place of T Crage), he increased his contribution to 30.

This over was at a cost of 14 runs. The score rapidly rose to 100, and Hibberts prospect of a century were looking rosy, he having contributed 61. A further change was affected in the bowling with T Crage and A Britton coming together, but the batting still continued briskly, both batsmen contributing smartly to the total, at 130, of which Hibbert had compiled 76, mainly of boundaries, and Gleeson the remainder.

The bowling continued to be changed, but both batsmen had taken the bowlers measure, and with 83 Hibbert was playing a sure game. A few minutes later Hibbert seized the ball, and what seemed a certain catch was mulled by Bridger.

Keen excitement now ruled when Hibbert, who had knocked up a boundary followed this up by sending over the fence, which brought his score to 94. His next ball settled him, for with a magnificent cut off Crage, he sent it right into the hands of Napier.

His score included 14 fours and one six, the second wicket falling for 185. Gleeson, who had made 54 was partnered by A Lyons, and continued to wield his bat skillfully, making several boundaries and bringing his score up to 71 when he was yorked by E Crage, who had secured the downfall of two wickets for the expensive score of 61.

The total score was now 173 for three wickets, and Lyons, who had compiled four, was joined by Burgess.

The following teams have definitely decided to take part in the Currie Cup Tournament, which commences at Port Elizabeth on April 6: Kimberley, East London, the Border, Transvaal and Cape Town, and Natal is quite likely to come, so that some excellent sport may be looked forward to.

During a cricket match at Bloemfontein last week a player was struck by lightning, and most of the fielders were dazed by the shock. The clothing of the unfortunate man was torn from his body, and he is not expected to live.

From London it is reported that at a meeting of the Essex Cricket Club, it was decided by a large majority to oppose the widening of the wicket.

We suppose we are justified by facts in stating that few cricketers have made for themselves such a brilliant record in one season as that which must be placed to the credit of the skipper of the Albany Club, LL Giddy.

During the present season he has played in 12 first-class matches, in nine of which he was put out. Thus he carried his bat three times: once for 65 runs, once for 129, and last Saturday for 42 runs.

He has made four centuries, and one of those was only two short of a century-and-a-half, another was 134; while, if we reckon the two successive Saturdays that he was at the wicket, and not out either day (last Saturday and the previous Saturday) his score was approaching a double century, for the two days figures amount to 171 runs.

During the (to him) memorable season, Mr Giddy has compiled in the aggregate 749 runs; which gives an average of 74.9.

Grahamstown has every reason to be proud of the achievement of her adopted son, and Albany of its captain.
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