REMARKABLE FINISH TO CRICKET MATCH
Audacious Running Delights Spectators
The two-day cricket match between a Manawatu eleven and the touring Victoria University side played this week in Palmerston North, produced what surely must have been one of the remarkable finishes to any cricket game. If such a finish to a match appeared in schoolboy fiction, without doubt the writer would be accused of over doing it.
When the second and final day’s play in the match was started on Saturday, Manawatu looked certain to win after putting on 215 runs and taking five Victoria wickets for just over 50. The visitors recovered well, and had 171 on when their last wicket fell. Manawatu batted again and the captain, C. McVicar, declared at 168 when four wickets were down, giving Victoria just over 90 minutes to make 213 runs for a win.
The college batsmen accepted the challenge and piled on the runs thick and fast till they seemed certain to reach their objective. A quick fall of wickets changed the position, however, and when the last Victorian batsman went out to the crease seven runs were still needed and only one over was to be bowled before full time. Five runs were required to win when the last ball of the day was bowled. McMahon, the facing batsman took a wild swing at the ball. He missed, but his swipe upset the keeper and the ball rushed onto the boundary for four byes. This gave Victoria 212 runs for their second innings and made the result a freak one – a tie.
All in all it was one of the most exhilarating day’s cricket seen in Palmerston North for a long time. The small gallery cheered Victoria to the echo when they stole run after run by sheer audacity. Holland again batted well for Manawatu’s second knock and he scored exactly the same number of runs (68) as in the first. Madgewick and Collis also hit out freely.
A spectacular, if chancy 66 by Marris and an ingenuous innings for 57 by Newbigin, highlighted Victoria’s second turn at the batting crease. These two gave a magnificent display of running between the wickets and although the home side’s fielding was snappy, the pair took such astonishing risks that Manawatu were soon rattled into errors. McVicar was the only Manawatu bowler treated with any respect and he took four quick wickets with spin and deceptive flight.
First innings 215
Jones, c McMahon, b Newbigin 8
Holland, c Sigley, b Marris 68
Grady, lbw b Newbigin 11
Madgwick, not out 43
Buckman, not out 1
Collis, c Sigley, b Galvin 29
Total for four wickets (dec.) 168
Bowling Galvin 1 for 31, Marris 1 for 8, Newbigin 2 for 31, Prince 0 for 18, Sigley 0 for 28, Williams 0 for 19, Clayton 0 for 27.
McMahon, lbw b Campbell 1
Turner, lbw b Collis 15
Marris, c Reid, b Heaphy 10
Johansson,, b Melody 12
Sigley, c sub. b Collis 35
Gibson, lbw b Reid 7
Clayton, c Madgwick, b Collis 3
Williams, run out 37
Prince, c Heaphy, b Buckman 3
Newbigin, not out 12
Bowling: Campbell 1 for 16, Heaphy 1 for 39, Collis 3 for 43, Melody 1 for 7, Buchman 1 for 19, Reid 1 for 9, Madgwick 1 for 16.
Sigley, c Madgwick, b Heaphy 12
Marris c Holland, b Campbell 66
Newbigin, c Madgwick, b Campbell 57
Johansson, b McVicar 24
McMahon, not out 25
Clayton, b McVicar 4
Gibson, c Madgwick, b Campbell 0
Turner, lbw b McVicar 9
Galvin, b McVicar 0
Williams, run out 2
Prince, not out 0
Total for nine wickets 212
Bowling: McVicar 4 for 28, Campbell 3 for 53, Heaphy 1 for 28, Collis 0 for ?6, Buchman 0 for 24, Reid 0 for 14, Grady 0 for 15.
Jim Newbigin, better known perhaps in Hawke’s Bay cricketing circles, but now devoting his attention to sponsoring squash rackets in Hastings.