St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The Matches St George's Park - 1876 - Civilians vs Military
1876 - Civilians vs Military

At the close of the series of cricket events already recorded, a “scratch match” was arranged between eleven civilians and eleven military men, present or past, as a sort of general wind up to the (Champion Bat) cricket tournament.

The civilians went in first and ran up the very large score of 133, the principal contributors being HR Giesen 33, Breda 27, Van Reenen 15, Bailey 9, W Heugh 8, and Herb. Smith 8 (not out).

The military who made only 45 in their first innings, followed for their second, and with six wickets down had scored 37 when the stumps were drawn.

It is but justice to the military to state that they played at random, merely for the amusement of the spectators, and that in their second innings it was little better than a game of “tip and run.”

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Scoresheet from the Civlians vs Military matchplayed at the conclusion of thefirst Champion Bat Tournamentin Port Elizabeth in 1876.

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