St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

The Matches St George's Park - Regional cricket draws a crowd in 1905
Regional cricket draws a crowd in 1905

THE holiday match between a Port Elizabeth XI and a team representing the Midlands was opened on Saturday morning with beautiful weather on the PE ground. There was a fair number of spectators when the game commenced, the home team occupying the wickets first.

G Quirk and H J Newton opened to the bowling of Whitworth and Loots By steady play the score rose to 25, when Quirk, who had contributed 11, was bowled by Whitworth. Four wicket were down for 52, and seven for 84.

From this point matters greatly improved. Thorogood and Fletcher coming in for much applause. The score had been carried from 84 to 148 for the eighth wicket, when Thorogood, who had played capital cricket for 40, was bowled by Whitworth.

When the last wicket fell the home team had compiled the substantial total of 189. For the Midlands, Whitworth secured seven wickets for 91, and Loots three for 18.

The Midlands innings realised 97, so that it will be seen they are much in arrears of the PE total. The chief contributor was H Walker with 21, whilst N Hobson and R D Smith made 16 each. The remaining batsmen could do little with F Fletcher’s bowling, that player capturing no less than eight wickets at a cost of only 41 runs.

Tea interval was then taken, after which the PE team entered upon their second venture. At the close of play they had compiled 20 for the loss of three wickets.

The match was resumed on Monday in gloriously fine weather, and before a considerable number of spectators, Port Elizabeth continued their second innings, and again they gave a highly creditable batting display, remaining at the wickets until the score stood at 181 runs for eight wickets, when it was decided to declare.

The Midlands team on going in for a second time, were set the difficult task of having to make 274 runs to win, but in the end had the satisfaction of making the match a drawn game, although when time was declared they were 112 runs in arrears with but one wicket to fall.

Eastern Province Herald
May, 1905.
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