St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Cricket
Cricket is all the rage just now, especially in Port Elizabeth, Graham's Town, and King William's Town.
Since our last summary several matches have been played in the Eastern districts with varying success.
Here, in Port Elizabeth, we have had two games between the "Town" and the "Service," in both of which the former have been the victors.
The Service, however, will pluckily contend again.
The following is an account of the last match, which came off on Saturday the 12th inst:-
"Town" versus "Service" - Return Match.
Nothing daunted by their adverse fate, about a fortnight since, the Service again essayed to try their skill against our Eleven; but notwithstanding a deal of zeal and enthusiasm, aided with frequent practising during the past week, these gentlemen were most thoroughly vanquished in one innings, and fourteen runs to spare!
The spot selected on this occasion, was the Club Ground, which owing to the late rains, and with vigorous rolling on the part of some of "the boys," was reduced to something fit for play; still we were far from pleased with it after seeing the vlei ground.
The toss being won by the Service, Robertshaw and Pettit, for the Town, very soon put in an appearance, and commenced with some pretty play, the former having given a chance to Hudson, at long-stop, had to retire without making anything like his usual score.
Collier took his place, and then we had some really good cricket shown - both being quick and active, the runs were well obtained, till Pettit, who had been making a good defence, let Crossland get home on his inner stump, causing him to retire, but not before a very neat and clean score of 15 runs had been placed on the paper.
Craven now joins, playing as his usual wont is, and seemingly intending mischief: a very small score is, however, his contribution, and he retires to make place for the veteran Murrel, whose play now, as on all former occasions, is par excellence, and he scores away in his dashing style, until, unfortunately, in attempting a favourite cut. he "hits wicket"; 19 is his score and he is loudly cheered as he rejoins "the boys."
Nothing of note is done much until Pinches and W Smith face each other, and now, they having collared the bowling, are keeping the scouts well employed.
The score of the latter player speaks for itself, it was well played for, and some of his former hits were well executed.
Pinches played a very steady innings, and saw several wickets fall.
Of the fielding on the part of the Service, in this innings, we shall not say very much; a "scratch" eleven is not expected to play as steady and well as our regular elevens do; but this is certainly no excuse for several catches being so "mulled" as we observed them to be; but for this contretemps may be, the Town would not have been so triumphant.
The bowling was excellent, and it would be almost difficult to say which side had the advantage, as swift "under-hand," and good-pace "round," had each its own performer on both sides.
Dr Ramsbotham, 59th Regt., and Crossland were in capital play, and did real good service to their eleven.
108 runs was the score of this innings, on the part of the town, obtained with real good cricket, and was certainly the best innings we have seen played here for some time.
Captain Vigors and Wingfield, were the first to come to the front, and judging from the gallant Captain's style, he evidently meant mischief, he soon lost his partner, who was cleverly caught by Pattison at long field.
Crossland now joined, but Chalmers got home amongst his timber ere the player seemed to have the slightest idea of the whereabouts of the ball.
The bat is now taken by Hudson, and now we would fain see some sort of stand made; Vigors, in the meanwhile, gets punished by Craven for his "slogging," and Murray, (Exotic club,) joins Hudson.
Both are nimble on their pins, and manage to get a few "byes," but which Craven soon puts a stop to with a trimming ball, and Hudson retires in a state of one (won-) der!
Nothing much is done till Dr Ramsbotham enters the list, and now we have a repetition of the style that so delighted us in the days of yore.
This gentleman has an attitude and style which would do well to aim at, and we recommend it to some of "ours" - 39 runs are got for total of this innings, at conclusion of which tiffin, &c., is announced.
And now the ladies are beginning to arrive, and with additions of sundry equestrians, &c., the ground presents quite an animated appearance.
"The Service," not having halved the score of their opponents, are "to follow their innings" - so we hope for better luck this time.
The game is resumed at 4pm, Hudson and Murray, get together again, and we are sure will do their very best now, especially as they are under such an amount of fair surveillance.
They are both playing in fine style, when some question is raised as regards a catch which Hudson is concerned in, the player gets the benefit of the doubt, but his life afterwards is "short and sweet," for Chalmers insinuates such a teaser, that "our representative" has to beat a retreat in quick time.
And here we must admit that had Hudson now put his next best batsman (Dr Ramsbotham) in, a very much larger score would have resulted; for, at this stage of the game, the fielding was somewhat loose and irregular, and Murray now having made a commencement, required a good practiced hand to assist him; this, though, was neglected, and the result was quite apparent to all.
May-be, Hudson will see to this next time.
Craven made a brilliant catch off his own bowling, thereby displacing Dr Ramsbotham, who retired with "a ducks egg."
Fifty-five runs was the total of our innings; and with eager steps our gallant team wend their way to the score-tent - there to be assured of their well-won victory, and to receive the congratulations of their fellow townsmen.
We never saw Chalmers and Craven in better bowling trim, and the large number of wickets (12) which fell before the bowling of Chalmers, will attest how truly and effectually he performed the task assigned him.
Craven we consider second to none in handling the leather; his pace is excellent, and the pitch remarkably true.
The Eleven, as on former occasions, fielded well throughout, considering they had to do two consecutive scoutings.
Subjoined is the score: -
1st Innings 2nd Innings
G Hudson b b Craven 0 b b Chalmers 12
Dr Ramsbotham b b Chalmers 6 c and b Craven 0
Capt. Vigors b b Craven 8 Not out 3
DACG Murray b b Craven 3 b b Chalmers 11
Simpson, RN run out 2 Run out 7
Lieut. Harrow not out b b Craven 0
Capt. Shepherd b b Craven 0 b b Chalmers 0
Wingfield, 59 Rtg c Pattison b Craven 2 c Chalmers b Craven 3
Crossland b Chalmers 0 b b Chalmers 0
Borcherds b b Chalmers 4 b b Chalmers 5
Heavyside c Chalmers b Craven 0 b b Chalmers 0
Byes 4 9
Leg Byes 5 5
Wides, &c. 5 0
TOTAL 39 55
GRAND TOTAL 94
John Murrell, hit wicket 19
R Pettit b b Crossland 15
William Smith not out 18
C Pinches b b Crossland 6
W Craven b b Crossland 4
W Collier b b Ramsbotham 5
A Sherman b b Crossland 8
E Startup b b Ramsbotham 6
C Robertshaw c Hudson b Wingfield 1
W Chalmers b b Crossland 0
NA Pattison b b Crossland 0
Leg Byes 5
Wides &c. 8
GRAND TOTAL 108
In conclusion we cannot allow this opportunity to pass without thanking Messrs. Hudson, Pettit, and Sherman, for the untiring energy they have shown in bringing off the matches above alluded to.
In these times of dullness the spirits may be invigorated and refreshed even by looking on and observing the vigorous lunges of the batters, the nimbleness displayed by the runners, and the general glee which pervades the whole scene.
Eastern Province Herald
October 15, 1861.