|Ground:||Raeburn Place, Edinburgh|
|Scorecard:||Scotland v Gentlemen of Philadelphia|
|Event:||Gentlemen of Philadelphia in British Isles 1889|
DateLine: 4th February 2013
Having played a couple of introductory matches in Ireland, both of which were drawn, the Gentlemen of Philadelphia made their appearance at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, yesterday, to meet a picked team of Scotland. The wicket and ground were all in favour of run getting, and when Mr Balfour won the toss a long score was confidently anticipated.
Mr Balfour, however, ran himself out, and after his departure a complete collapse took place, R.H. Johnston being the only one who played the Philadelphian bowling with anything approaching confidence. The fielding of the visitors was generally admired, catches by Palmer and Baily being especially noticeable, Thanks to the fine batting of Patterson, Clark, and Brown, the Americans had little difficulty in topping this total, and when stumps were drawn for the day the score was 216 for six wickets.
The home bowling was very good, and runs were difficult to get, although the fielding was hardly up to the usual standard. There was only a moderate attendance, although the weather was fine.
Mr Balfour won the toss, and at 12.17 opened with H.M. Horsburgh. Patterson bowled the opening over at the pavilion end, and Balfour cut the first ball past cover for 3. Clark opened at the other end, and Balfour played his first ball through slips. Balfour called Horsburgh to run, and the latter shouting “No,” the Scottish captain had no time to get back and was run out-one for 3.
H.S. Walker joined Horsburgh, who in the same over cut loose one from Clark to the boundary. Afterwards scoring ruled slow, 20 going up after twenty five minutes play, as the result of a 4 leg-bye. At 23 the West of Scotland man played a ball onto his wicket, and T.R. Marshall went in. A couple of overs later, however, the newcomer was taken in slips without addition to the score. With one run added, H.J. Stevenson was sent back, and at the same total half the wickets were down-Horsburgh being caught in slips.
C.T. Mannes joined R.H. Johnston, and the couple put a better complexion on the game. Johnston cut Clark very prettily to the boundary, while the Drumpellier batsman made a similar stroke off Patterson for 3. Johnston played Clark to leg for 3, and again cut him finely to the boundary, but at 47 Mannes was sent back by a magnificent running catch at the pavilion rails.
Another grand catch with one hand, in slips this time, dismissed Johnston at the same total. This brought A.R. Don Wauchope and A.S. Caldwell together, and the Fettesian opened by off-driving Clark to the boundary. At 51, however, the Lorettonian played one very softly into Newhall’s hands at short slip.
G. Thornton came next, and elicited cheers from the few spectators by scoring the first boundary off Patterson-an on-drive; Wauchope also got a couple of boundaries to leg off Clark. At 66, the University trundler was caught in slips, and the next ball bowled Weir. The innings finished at 1.47 having lasted exactly ninety minutes.
After lunch the visitors began their innings-Morgan and Patterson at 2.45 facing the bowling of Thornton (farm end) and Mannes.
Patterson cut each bowler for 3’s, and hit both to the leg boundary. Morgan also got the Drumpellier man to leg for 4, and at 34 he gave the ball to Weir. This change caused the run getting to slacken down considerably, the bowling being well on the spot. At 47 Mannes was tried at the pavilion end for Thornton and at 49, the change proved successful, as Morgan was well caught in slips.
N. Etting came in only to sky one at mid-off, where Thornton brought off a good catch-two for 54. Caldwell was tried at 66 for Mannes, and 10 later Stevenson’s “lobs” were given a turn vice the Lasswade bowler, who took up the bowling at the pavilion end in place of Weir. After an hour and thirty-five minutes batting Patterson gained his 50 by playing the “lobs” to the on for a brace.
At 91 Caldwell bowled Scott off his pads, and R.D. Brown came in. He on-drove and cut Caldwell to the boundary in one over, bringing up 100 after two hours play. Brown got Stevenson to the leg for 4, and Patterson snicked the fast bowler for a like figure.
Patterson was finely caught off a similar stroke in slips at 116, after a faultless innings. His hits included six 4’s and five 3’s. E.W. Clark came next and hit two 4’s and a brace in one over of Caldwell’s with the result that the latter gave the ball to Weir. Brown next got Thornton to leg for 2, and then the scoring became very slow.
At 155 Mannes was tried for Thornton, and in his first over Brown got him to the leg boundary. At 166, however, he bowled that batsman with a pretty ball, and R.P. Stoever came in. The outgoing batsman had put together 40 by sound cricket, his hits including six 4’s.
Weir missed Clark at square-leg when he had made 26, and at 187 Mannes, off whom he had been missed, was relieved by Stevenson. At 6.15 the second hundred appeared, after three and a half hours batting, and Mannes resumed for Stevenson.
At 203 Wauchope was tried at the pavilion end, and he got Clark caught at wickets 216. Stumps were then drawn.
The second days play in this representative match at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, was, like the first, favoured with fine weather. The wicket was again in good run-getting order, reflecting credit on Gorman, the second professional at the ground, and some tall scoring was again done.
Continuing their innings, the visitors were all out for 308. Thanks to some grand hitting by Mannes and Walker, assisted by Wauchope and Johnston, the Scotsmen put on 340 in the second innings, and left the Philadelphians 99 runs to get to win. In forty minutes these were knocked off, and the Philadelphians won by ten wickets.
Stoever and Brewster went to the wicket at 11.20 the attack being shared by Caldwell (farm end) and Weir. Brewster opened his account with a pretty leg hit to the boundary off the Lasswade representative, while Stoever cracked the same bowler to the boundary through slips. In the same over, however, Weir disposed of the latter batsman by a smart catch above his head at square leg, close in at 230.
H. Baily came next, and got Caldwell luckily through slips to the boundary, and in the next over hit him to leg for 4. At 259 a double change was tried, Mannes and Thornton relieving Weir and Caldwell respectively. Brewster cut Mannes in the first over prettily to the boundary, and later off drove him for 4.
At 273 Thornton found his way to Baily’s wicket, letting in the Philadelphian captain, who opened by placing the University trundler to leg for 3. Brewster cut the same bowler for 3, and hit Mannes to the leg boundary. In one over of Mannes, Newhall cut him for 3, and Brewster again hit him neatly to the leg boundary.
The Philadelphian captain next drove Thornton high to the on boundary, and 300 appeared as the result of four hours fifty minutes batting. Weir was now tried, and Brewster hit him to leg and cut him in the opening over for 4’s. Thornton went to the pavilion end vice Mannes, and bowled the American captain at 308; and in the same over Palmer, the last man was beaten.
The innings thus closed for 308, Brewster being not out, with a capital 45 at his credit. Thornton and Caldwell were the most successful bowlers, and Wauchope got a wicket very cheaply.
In a minority of 242 runs, Messrs Balfour and Marshall opened the second innings of the home eleven, Messrs Palmer and Patterson bowling. Marshall hit both bowlers to leg for 3, and Balfour made a lovely off-drive over the stand off Palmer for 4. Marshall off-drove Patterson for 3, and put Palmer to leg for a like figure.
At 19 Brewster relieved Patterson, and in his first over Balfour drove a ball high to the on, where Scott, usually one of the safest catches in the eleven, with the sun in his eyes, dropped the ball. Patterson bowled at the other end vice Palmer, and in Brewster’s second over the Scottish captain was out to a clever catch in slips by the rival captain at 39.
This was a bad stroke of luck for the Scotsmen, as Balfour was batting well, and appeared set. H.S. Walker opened merrily by hitting Brewster for two 4’s and a brace in one over. Palmer was tried for Brewster, and the West of Scotland batsman hit him over the ropes for 4, but at 58 he lost Marshall.
Stevenson opened by on-driving Palmer to the boundary, and in Patterson’s next over Walker scored a couple of boundaries-a cut and a leg hit. Stevenson snicked Palmer for 4, and “cropped” Patterson through slips for 4 and 2. Walker made another fine hit to square leg over the ropes off Palmer, and in the same over had a cut to the boundary, bringing up 100 after exactly an hour’s batting. At 107 Stevenson was run out through his own fault and luncheon was taken.
At 2.50 R.H. Johnston and Walker resumed the innings-Patterson and Clark sharing the bowling. Walker directly gained his 50 by on-driving Patterson to the boundary, a stroke which he repeated of Clark just afterwards. Johnston with 3 to his credit, was missed off a sharp cut in the slips-Newhall dropping the ball after four or five attempts.
Johnston now cut Clark very prettily through slips to the boundary. Baily relieved Patterson at the pavilion end, and after some slow cricket both batsmen cut him to the boundary in one over. In the same over, however, Walker was caught at the wicket after a grand innings.
His runs were got by most pleasing and pretty cricket, and his hits included eleven 4’s, 2’s and singles. He was loudly cheered on returning to the pavilion.
Horsburgh joined Johnston, who cut Clark to the boundary, and off-drove Baily also to the boundary. At 165, however, he lost Horsburgh, who was given caught at wickets off his leg, and at the same total six wickets were down-Johnston being bowled after a merry innings, in which he gave one chance.
Mannes joined Don Wauchope, and opened by cracking Baily to the leg boundary. Wauchope began with a very lucky one through slips to the boundary off Scott, who had relieved Clark at Scott’s end. Still the score rose, Mannes now scoring faster than his companion, although a boundary by the Drumpellier man for a pretty cut off Clark was the first for some time. In that bowler’s next over Mannes made a beautiful straight drive over the ropes, and in the same over another for 3.
A single by Mannes in the following over saved the innings defeat, at 4.25, the same batsman getting Patterson through slips for 3 in the same over. Another single by the Coatbridge player earned him his 50, and in the same over Wauchope drove Patterson to the pavilion rails.
Brown was tried for Clark at 256, and in his first over Wauchope failed to get hold of one, and was caught at cover-slip. His innings was most invaluable, although he had some luck, the partnership having realised 92 runs.
A.S. Caldwell came in, and Baily took the ball from Patterson. Mannes drove Baily finely to the on for 4 and cut Brown for 3, but Caldwell did not seem to be at home with the bowling. At 281 Patterson for Baily was the order, but Mannes got the other bowler to leg for 4, and at 291 Scott was tried at that end. When he had made 78 Mannes was rather softly missed in the slips by Newhall, and he signalised this let off by off driving Patterson twice in the same over to the boundary.
The third hundred was sent up after the last one at five o’clock. Mannes continued to hit magnificently, evoking repeated cheering by his hard and well place strokes. Two 4’s in one over off Scott gained him his 100 after a little over 90 minutes’ batting, amid tremendous cheering.
Caldwell was lbw at 321, and 10 later Mannes was clean bowled. In his grand innings he had made only one mistake, and was rewarded a rare reception on returning to the pavilion. He had hit no fewer than fifteen 4’s.
After his departure the end soon came, Weir the last man returning one to the bowler at 340. The Philadelphians were then left with 99 runs to win.
At six o’clock the Philadelphians began their second innings with Stoever and Brown-Weir (pavilion end), and Mannes bowling. Brown opened with a 4 to leg off Weir, while Stoever made a similar stroke off the Drumpellier bowler.
At 22 Thornton took the ball from Mannes, and both batsmen hit him to the ropes to leg. Caldwell for Thornton was the order at 46. Stoever cut his first two balls to the boundary.
Thornton bowled the next over at the pavilion end, and Stoever on-drove Caldwell to the boundary. Runs continued to come at a very great pace, although Wauchope was tried for Thornton. At 6.40 the match was won by 10 wickets.
(Article: Copyright © 2013 Cricket Scotland http://cricketscotland.com)
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