St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The Matches St George's Park - MCC vs Eastern Province - 1949
MCC vs Eastern Province - 1949

The match at Port Elizabeth on January 8, 10, 11 ended in a draw.

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Centuries by Palmer and Compton put the MCC in a very strong position by the end of the first day. Following on an opening stand of 87 these two batsmen proceeded to add 115 for the third wicket.

Compton's century, his sixth of the tour, was a brilliant effort scored in 105 minutes and included a 6 and thirteen 4's, and it was fittingly ended by a brilliant one-handed catch at mid-wicket.

Palmer's initial century of the tour was slow by comparison, but nevertheless an attractive knock.

Watkins, showing a combination of aggression and defence, put on 74 for the 8th wicket with Gladwin, after three wickets had fallen cheaply in trying to force the pace.

Only Du Toit and Hird looked really dangerous on an absolutely plumb wicket.

Good batting by E.P. on the second day enabled them to score 325 for 6 wickets; the highlights of which were half-centuries by the Dimbleby brothers and 18-year-old John Waite, century partnerships for the second and fifth wickets and very steady bowling by Young, easily the best of the MCC attack.

The last four EP wickets added 72 to the overnight total, but with the wicket playing as easy as ever, there was never any likelihood of a result to the match.

The MCC second innings started with a stand of 125 for the first wicket and then Crapp and Mann, who scored his 80 in just over one-and-a-half hours, put on 162 in a hard-hitting partnership.

Both D. Dimbleby's 87 and the EP total set up new records against a touring side.

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1949 MCC Team

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