|Ground:||Edinburgh Academicals Ground, Raeburn Place, Edinburgh|
|Scorecard:||Scotland v Cheltenham College Wanderers|
|Event:||Cheltenham College Wanderers in Scotland 1870|
DateLine: 30th January 2013
The Academical ground at Raeburn Place was yesterday the scene of a grand cricket match between the Cheltenham College Wanders and Eleven Gentlemen of Scotland. The weather was all that could be desired, and there was a large number of persons present during the afternoon. The ground which is one of the finest for cricketing purposes in Scotland, was in splendid run-getting condition, and the wicket prepared by Jackson was pronounced by the English team to be one of the finest they ever played upon.
The Cheltenham Wanderers have during the past week been engaged in a series of matches in the West of Scotland, with Drumpellier, the 5th Fusiliers, the West of Scotland and Stirling County clubs, in all of which they have been victorious; and so far as the present match has gone, which was a treat to all lovers of cricket- they seem destined to carry everything before them in their sojourn in Scotland; at all events, they are almost sure to pull off the present one, as against the 53 scored by the Scotch team they stand 241, and two wickets to fall. Play will be resumed today about 12 o'clock when one of the regimental bands will be present. The following is an account of the game so far as it has gone.
Mr Mansfield, captain of the Scotland eleven, won the toss, and choosing the wickets sent in Messrs Pender and J. Hutchinson at about twelve o'clock against the bowling of Messrs F.R. Price (lobs) and Mr Tailyour (fast). The first wicket fell for one run, Mr Tailyour in his second over bowling and catching Mr Pender. At 12, the latter's partner, who seemed disabled and had Mr Henderson to run for him, was bowled by the same bowler; and at 13 Captain Lipscomb was very cleverly caught and bowled off the "slows" close to the ground. Mr Speid augured well with a fine hit to leg off the fast bowler for 4; but the next over Mr Price enticed him out of his ground, and he was cleverly stumped by Mr Bramwell. Mr Sanderson then joined Mr J.R. Hutchinson (third man in) and good and steady defence was then shown by each batsman, so much so, that it brought about a change in bowling. Mr Wyatt (fast) going on in place of Mr Tailyour. Runs came slowly however, and before 30 had been scored Mr Hutchinson was very cleverly and unexpectedly thrown out by Mr Tailyour from cover point.
At 35 Mr Potter, who played cautiously and well for some time with Mr Sanderson, during which he scored about half-a-dozen, was bowled by a beautiful bailer from Mr Wyatt. Mr Mansfield now joined Mr Sanderson. The former opened finely with a square leg-leg hit off Mr Wyatt for 4. Mr Sanderson followed this up with an excellent hit for 3 off the same bowler, but after adding another single to his credit, he was bowled by another fine ball. Mr Sanderson was at this time top of the tree with a score of 14, every one of which was admirably played for.
Mr Henderson was caught at the wickets, and the vacancy was filled up by Mr McNeil. Mr Mansfield then hit Mr Price to the off (an easy run it appeared to be), and ran down, but Mr McNeil would not have it. Mr Mansfield did not make an effort to get back, and the ninth wicket was put down for 52 runs. An adjournment was then made for luncheon. On resuming, Mr Spring accompanied Mr McNeil and after the former had made a single, was bowled out by Mr Wyatt and the Innings closed for a total of 53. The fielding was good.
The Cheltenham eleven were first represented at the wickets by Messrs T. Bramwell and Reid. Captain Lipscomb (lobs) and Mr J.R. Hutchinson opened the bowling, and Captain Spring kept wickets. The first man (Mr Reid) was caught at short leg before any run had been scored. Mr Price came next, and in the course of four or five overs did all the hitting, and brought the score up to about 15. Mr Bramwell then had a couple of singles, and Mr Price immediately after drove Mr Hutchinson to the pavilion in fine style for 3. Captain Lipscomb here gave the ball to Mr Henderson and runs were few for several overs. Eventually Mr Price got hold of Mr Hutchinson, and again sent him away to the top of the park and ere the ball could be returned home seven runs had been made. This fine hit elicited a good round of applause.
Mr Hutchinson then gave the ball to Mr Speid. The bowling seemed fair, but could make no impression. Mr Price continued to do the lion's share of the hitting, sometimes very daringly; and it was through this that Mr Henderson got a ball into his wicket. Sixty runs (seven above the total of the Scottish gentlemen) had been scored before this breach was effected. At 62 another wicket was disposed of, by Mr Speid bowling out Mr Bramwell whose 16 runs were composed of a 5 and eleven singles. Messrs Tailyour and Wyatt had each a short life, and the wickets were next occupied by two familiar faces, but old Cheltonians, Messrs Makgill and Stewart. A good stand was made by these gentlemen, Mr Makgill making some very tall hits at each end, but Mr Stewart was less successful. At 80 Captain Lipscomb resumed the bowling with Henderson, and to good purpose, for at 94 Mr Makgill skied one of the balls and fell easy prey to mid-on. His score of 25 comprised three 4's and three 3's.
The vacancy was filled by another local cricketer and a sure scorer, in the person of Mr Duncan. Mr Stewart had a good hit for 5 off the Captain and 100 was telegraphed. Shortly after, the Captain again retired in favour of the left handed bowler. Hits came seldom for some time, but what was done to good account, notably a magnificent cut by Mr Stewart off Mr Henderson over the view-knoll for 6. At about 120 Mr Hutchinson resumed the bowling in place of Mr Speid. Mr Stewart soon drove the new bowler in a fine way for 5, and the latter suddenly gave way in favour of Mr Potter (swift underhand), whose first over was punished to the tune of 7 runs, the last ball being well put away by Mr Stewart for 4.
The batsmen continued to defend their wickets and punish the loose balls to admiration, causing the other, fruitless changes to be made in the bowling, until the score reached 184 when the “lobs” of Captain Lipscomb eventually fickled Mr Stewart who retired with 47, amid a good round of applause. Captain Price then joined Mr Duncan and the rear of the team seemed as good as the van. The Captain had some splendid hits all over the ground and soon caused 220 to be hung out. At 226 Mr Duncan was at last got quit of through an excellent catch close to the ground made by Mr J.R. Hutchinson, who stood in the slips. Mr J Bramwell came in next, and played well with Captain Price for about a score more runs, when stumps were drawn at seven o’clock. The fielding of the Scotch team was really good at the start but towards the end they seemed to lose energy.
This match was resumed on the Academical ground Raeburn Place yesterday. The weather was again delightful, and the turn-out was one of the largest we have seen on this fashionable ground this season. The enjoyment of the match was very much heightened by the presence of the band of the 90th Light Infantry who played a choice selection of music during the afternoon. The result of the match was another win for the strangers.
About half-past twelve the two “not outs” of the previous night, Captain Price and Mr Bramwell, put in an appearance to the bowling of Messrs Henderson and Speid. Both hit merrily till they had put on a score of runs, of which the captain had a drive for 4 to the knoll, and one for 3, and Mr Bramwell a couple of drives for like figures. With the score on 265, Mr J.R. Hutchinson relieved Mr Speid, the Captain getting two of them away to leg for 2s. A single to each batsman was got from each of the following overs. The next from Mr Henderson was a maiden, but in Mr Hutchinson’s next Captain Price drove one over the knoll for 5. At 279 Mr Henderson changed ends to allow Captain Lipscomb to try his “lobs” the second over of which proved fatal to Mr Bramwell , the Captain taking him off his own bowling, after a well played for 22.
Mr Stewart now joined the Captain and after a single cut, the Captain high past point for a brace, Captain Price putting Mr Henderson prettily to leg for 4. Mr Stewart next over drove Captain Lipscomb for 3, Captain Price following it up by driving the next ball to the ditch for 6, and causing 300 to be telegraphed. The next ball the Captain again drove to the off for 4, 13 having been made off this over, The Captain now cut one for 2 off Mr Henderson’s next over, and drove one in his second over for 4. Captain Price got a brace of 2s and a 4 to leg, and a drive for a single off Lipscomb. The next over he drove Mr Henderson to the off for a 3, causing 320 to be hoisted. At 329 Speid again went on, and after the Captain had put one to leg for 3, and a single, his partner got bowled with 9 as his quota. Captain Price’s “not out” 91 was a rare cricketing treat, his score including a 5, nine 4s, three 3s, seven 2s and singles made principally by driving and leg hitting. On returning to the pavilion he was much cheered. The total of the innings was 333, one of the longest scores ever made in Scotland.
The Gentlemen were first presented at the wickets by the brothers Hutchinson, Messrs Wyatt and Price bowling. Singles were all that could be got till Mr J Hutchinson drove Mr Wyatt well forward for 4. In Mr Wyatt’s next over he was, however, held by Captain Price at slip, one for 12. Mr J Sanderson filled the vacancy, but Mr Wyatt’s next over saw Mr J.R. Hutchinson taken by Mr C Stewart (third man.) In the following over, Mr Sanderson lifted an easy one to point (Mr J Bramwell.) A pretty ball from Mr Wyatt now caused Mr Speid to retire.
Mr McNeill and Captain Lipscomb now got together, the former driving Mr Price for a single, and the Captain taking a good drive which only got him 2, both off the slows. Mr McNeill now cut the fast bowler for a single, and the Captain got him away to leg for a 2. A snick by Mr McNeill off Wyatt and a drive by Captain Lipscomb off price for 2 each were the next big hits of note. A single to each batsman followed when Mr McNeill got Mr Tailyour (who relieved Mr Wyatt) well away to leg for 4. The Captain now had three singles when he drove the fast bowler for 3 his partner driving the next ball for 4, when 50 was telegraphed. A brace of singles to each now followed, when Mr McNeill drove Mr Price to the on for a couple. Mr McNeill had another brace of singles, when the Captain asked him to run a 2 and 3 drive off Mr Tailyour. A splendid off drive by the Captain for 4 now followed off the slows, and a drive to the on off Tailyour for 5 saw 80 hoisted. Mr Spring (who had been playing steadily), now drove the slow bowler for a 2 and a single, and then put Mr Tailyour grandly to leg for 3. Mr Spring in the following over, put one into Mr Tailyour’s and another one into Mr Reid’s hands, both of which were dropped. After this he drove Mr Price for 3, and in the same bowler’s next over he cut him twice for 2s, but in taking too great a liberty, he was cleverly stumped by Mr Bramwell, after scoring 22 in fine style.
Mr Mansfield now became the Captain’s new partner and began by putting Mr Tailyour away to leg for 4. After running another 3 runs for the Captain the latter was grandly taken with one hand by Captain Price at slip. On retiring he was much cheered for his very fine, and almost faultless innings. Mr Mansfield drove Tailyour over the view knoll for 4, Mr Potter getting a drive for 3 and one to leg for the same figure. With the score on 125 Mr Wyatt again went on bowled four overs for one run, while Mr Potter drove the slow bowler for 3 and 2 and some singles, when he was well taken by Mr Tailyour at long-on.
Mr Pender came next, and both played for some time for singles, till Mr Mansfield opened out to one of the slow bowlers and got 3 for it. Mr Wyatt had now bowled 7 maiden overs, Mr Mansfield cutting one in the eighth for 2 and the second ball he “skied” one, which Mr Duncan took in fine style. Mr Mansfield’s score was smartly made. Mr Henderson was the last man, and had a single and a cut for 2 and a good hit for 3, all off the slows before Mr Pender was bowled, and the total only 156.
Cheltenham thus won the match by an innings and 124 runs. The fielding of the Gentlemen was good, their weak point lying in the bowling; and it is to be regretted that some of the good bowlers in the district were not among the list, as there can be little doubt that, with either Messrs Stobbs or Gray, such a score would not have been got. The Wanderers fielding was really first class and with the exception of the All-England Eleven, we never saw finer. Their bowling also was good, as will be seen from the analysis. During the afternoon the Wanderers were photographed en costume by Mr Campbell.
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