St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The Matches St George's Park - 1847 - Married vs Unmarried
1847 - Married vs Unmarried

To the Editor:

Sir,

May I beg a corner of your journal for a brief notice of a Match at Cricket, which came off on Monday last. Your compliance will, I have no doubt, gratify alike those who took part therein and all the admirers of this manly and truly English game, and may perhaps have some effect in leading to the establishment of an effective Cricket Club.

The match originated in the friendly challenge inserted in one of your late numbers, from two champions of the ‘Unmarried Cricketers of Port Elizabeth’ - who appear to have been deputed to test the spirits of those of the Benedictine order.

They cannot complain that the call was not responded too as readily or willingly. The day was particularly unfavourable for the purpose, but a tolerably punctual muster took place nevertheless, and there was a pretty fair attendance of spectators.

The "married" having "won the toss," went in, I an (sic) humble member of the fraternity, think rather unwisely. The strength of the wind was very unfavorable (sic) alike to batting and bowling throughout the match.

The number of notches scored was not large, being Runs 41, Bye Balls 2 - Total 43. Full credit is given for the bachelor’s fielding, which was very good, the "long-stopping" and "backing-up" being very effective.

The unmarried then went in - scoring Runs 34, Byes 12, Wide Balls 1 - Total 47.

The number of "Wide Balls" in this innings, I am constrained to admit is not over complimentary to our "fielding".

The result of the second innings of the "married" raised our hopes, there being to our credit, Runs 66, Byes 8, Wide Balls 2 - Total 76, making the grand total of both our innings 119, and leaving the bachelors 73 notches to get to win.

They went in, and by dint of some sharp hitting, and slovenly fielding on the part of their opponents, secured this number with four wickets to go down.

Such was the result of the match. We are not down-hearted, however, and profess ourselves so satisfied that in the "union" there will prove to be strength at last, that they will not be backward in again contesting with their single friends, albeit, there be, as I apprehend, some Repealers among them.

Time and space forbid to give the score and names at length. I may mention, however, that the largest score was made by Mr Eastes, for the "married" being 27 off his own bat - the next, by Mr Weston, on the other side, viz., 20 off his bat.

The bowlers were, for the married, Messrs Tunbridge and Eastes on the other side, Messrs Murrell, Weston, and P Scallan.

Your obedient Servant,

MIDDLE WICKET.

Eastern Province Herald
November 20, 1847.


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