|Ground:||Raeburn Place, Edinburgh|
|Scorecard:||Scotland v Surrey|
|Event:||Surrey in Scotland 1906|
DateLine: 4th February 2013
Fine weather favoured the first day's proceedings in connection with the match between Scotland and Surrey at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, and, as the attendance yesterday was satisfactory, about 3000 being present, the only unfortunate circumstance about play was that the majority of the home eleven gave such a disappointing display. They played as originally announced, but only G.W. Jupp, the captain J.T. Anderson and W.G. Cobb made anything like a stand, and but for Jupp's 50 Scotland would have fared badly indeed.
Each side had about two hours and a quarter at the wickets, and in that time Scotland scored 120 all out, and Surrey 204 for 3. There was nothing particularly noteworthy about the Surrey innings, except that all the men got runs at a more or less rapid rate. D.H. Butcher was the only one who was slow, but none of the men took unnecessary risks.
Jupp tried seven bowlers, though he had only one over himself, the last, and generally speaking the Scottish fielding was good. So was that of Surrey, and Vigar, their young wicket keeper, was very smart behind the stumps.
Lord Dalmeny lost the toss, and C.H.M. Ebden and W. J. Thomson led the way for Scotland. The start was about as bad as it could possibly be, for off the first over the old Cambridge "blue" touched a rising ball from Rushby, and J.E. Raphael, the English Rugby Internationalist, took a good catch in the slips. And further disasters were soon to come, for M.R. Dickson, of whom much was expected, was out at 8, and B.L. Peel only one later.
This brought Jupp and W.J. Thomson together, and something like a stand now seemed probable, and the first decent hit of the match was when the Scottish captain drove Smith along the ground to the off for 3. At 17 Thomson was a second victim to obstruction.
Jupp earned cheers when he cut both bowlers to the boundary, and when H.D. Keigwin, the Glenalmond master, dispatched his first ball for 4 Scottish hopes began to revive. But Keigwin could not stay, and it was a good one-handed catch in the slips by Raphael that disposed of him.
E.N. Turner only survived two balls, his over anxiety to get runs proving his undoing, and when six wickets were down for 35 it seemed as if it was to be the old, old, story of disappointments and collapse. Fortunately, Jupp was playing well and confidently, and W.G. Cobb stayed with him to the lunch interval, when the score was 65.
On resuming, however, Scotland had another bad time. With only 9 added, Cobb was cleverly snapped at the wickets, and 4 later, after Broadbent had turned the first ball he received nicely to leg, the Uddingston professional was well taken by D.H. Butcher standing at mid-off well back. The ball was secured so close to the ground that the batsman seemed to have a doubt about the matter, but from the Press box the catch appeared a perfectly good one, and in any case he had to go.
The Carlton representative continued to play in grand style, and he held himself more in restraint than is his custom. His cricket was always sound and attractive, and it was a great disappointment to see him go just after he had reached his 50. In third, he was ninth out, after seeing 103 runs put on, and his display was a faultless one but for a poor stroke through the slips when he had 45. It was an innings of incalculable value to his side. He saved the situation and but for his score there might have been a total collapse. Jupp had eight 4's, one 3, and four 2's in his half century.
Just before he was dismissed he cut a ball hard and it struck Rushby, who was fielding at point, on the knee joint. The Surrey bowler dropped like a log, and was injured so badly that he had to be carried off the field. This accident brought on Platt, who had the credit of getting rid of Jupp and bringing the innings to a close.
J.T. Anderson and H.D. Keigwin had charge of the attack at the start of the Surrey innings, and Lord Dalmeny took Raphael with him to bat. The pair began merrily, but after a bit the rate of run-getting slowed down.
At 41, Broadbent took the ball from Keigwin, but it was Anderson who took the first wicket, his Lordship's at 62. The retiring batsman who had been in nearly forty minutes, showed that he could play good cricket as well as hit hard, and his best strokes were five 4's, and a 3.
He received a "life" from Turner in the slips when 12, and when he had 26, Peel at point just touched a ball as it flew past him to the boundary. Both chances were hard, and the catches if taken, would have been great ones.
After losing his captain, Raphael did not make a much longer stay, and he was lucky to survive a confident appeal for a catch at wickets when 25. The batsman seemed to be walking away when he was given not out. He had six 4's.
Play quietened down afterwards, but not so much but that the 100 went up in a few minutes after an hours play. At 103 Bull went on for Broadbent, and 14 later the Perthshire professional got Hobbs caught at wickets. That happened when the Surrey men were three runs behind Scotland's total, and Goatly opened his account with two 4's.
Goatly gave a fine display of free cricket, which was in marked contrast to that of Butcher, who played very cautiously, and both men were not out when stumps were drawn at half past six.
With Surrey 84 on, and seven wickets in hand, the Scottish team have an uphill task on hand and they will do well if they are able to keep the game going into the third day.
This match was resumed yesterday at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, and as a result of a full day's cricket, the representatives of Scotland were left in what appeared to be an absolutely hopeless condition.
True, they were pretty much in that position at close of play on Monday evening, when the Englishmen were 90 ahead, with seven of their first innings wickets in hand, but the state of matters was much more desperate last night, and something wonderful will have to happen if the game is to be saved, for the home eleven have still to get 349 runs to save the innings defeat, with seven wickets to fall.
The Surrey men seemed in no hurry to bring the match to a close, for they occupied the wickets until a quarter past four, and ran up the huge total of 530, leaving their opponents in the not very happy position of 410 behind.
Some of the Surrey men showed great form yesterday with the bat, notably Goatly and D.H. Butcher, both of whom exceeded the hundred, and towards the close of the innings, Smith, if not so polished as the others, indulged in some lively hitting, which quite took the fancy of the crowd.
From the spectator's point of view, Goatly's innings was a much more attractive one than Butcher's, although absolutely no fault could be found with the amateur's cricket, which was well nigh perfect, and both were warmly cheered on reaching their "centuries", and again on retiring.
The Surrey not outs, Butcher (32) and Goatly (67), scored at a steady pace on resuming their innings, and the first incident of note was the reaching of the "century" by the professional. At 268 a double change was tried in the bowling, B.L. Peel and Broadbent going on for J.T. Anderson and Bull, which pair had opened the attack, but the rate of run getting increased rather than diminished.
Goatly, who was now safely over the hundred, hit with great vigour and freedom; he lashed out at almost every ball that was pitched anything like well up. Off Peel's first over he scored 22 runs, five 4's, and a 2, and so brisk was his cricket that he got his last 52 runs in exactly twenty minutes.
The young professional, who may be regarded as a fixture in the county eleven, played a brilliant innings, a long way the best of his side to look at. He was never dull, and when he ultimately was dismissed for 152 he was bowled off his pad by Peel, who thus had his revenge for his previous severe punishment. Only one chance did Goatly give, and that was of stumping off Bull when 94.
He got his runs all round the wicket, and included in his score were nineteen 4's, six 3's, and sixteen 2's. Butcher and he added 211 runs for the fourth wicket, and Goatly had 152 of that total.
The Streatham amateur continued on his way towards his hundred in steady fashion, but lost other two partners in the process. Both fell to G.W. Jupp, who had gone on just before lunch.
Though showing no great caution, Holland played pretty cricket during his short stay, and was out to a good catch at long-off by M.R. Dickson, standing close to the ropes. That was in Jupp's third over, and with the fall of Holland's wicket lunch was taken with the total standing at 371 for five.
On resuming, Moulder left after 25 had been added, and at that point Jupp had two wickets for 14, which suggested that he might have made more use of his trundling talents. Soon afterwards Butcher's long and painstaking, not to say laborious, innings came to a close. Jupp claimed him also as a victim, and he was out to a good catch by E.N. Turner at mid-off, the fielder taking the ball while running back.
The retiring batsman had been three hours and forty minutes at the wickets, and he was unmistakably serious over his work, had it been a Test Match with the Australians he could hardly have been more so. He had six 4's, five 3's, and fourteen 2's. No fewer than 336 runs were put on while he was in, and his share of these was 109.
The remaining batsmen gave a lot of trouble, and Smith slammed about in merry fashion, getting most of his runs from lusty pulls. There were lots of loose balls sent down about this time, when the bowlers were pretty tired, but good balls were treated in the same fashion as bad ones by Smith, who got his 81 in less than an hour. He had 10 4's, two 3's, and ten 2's.
Just before the innings closed, after lasting five hours and twenty minutes, Dickson missed a catch in the long field off Broadbent, and the Uddingston professional dropped two off his own bowling.
For the early batsmen the same order of going in was followed in Scotland's second innings and, as before, the bowling was in the hands of Rushby and Smith. A draw was all that Scotland could hope for, and it was, therefore, not surprising that in the hour and three quarters that remained for play the cricket was not of much consequence, and the pity was, from a Scottish point of view, that three good wickets were lost, W.J. Thomson was caught in slips, and C.H.M. Ebden, who stood for ninety minutes, and played with easy confidence, was taken at the wicket. Peel had some pretty strokes to the boundary, and he and Jupp played out time.
As on the first day the weather yesterday was of the finest possible description, and as there would be fully 3000 present, the Grange ought to have a surplus over the engagement, which will be concluded today.
A heavy defeat was inevitable in this match at the close of play on Tuesday evening, and when the end came before lunch the reverse was even more decisive than had been anticipated.
Only about a hundred or two spectators were present yesterday at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, to see the finish of Scotland's second innings and play was resumed in fine weather. Smith and Rushby bowled to the overnight not outs, B.L. Peel and G.W. Jupp, and only 8 had been added to the 62 when Smith had Peel, who had played so well the previous evening, beaten with a beauty which broke a bit.
Steady play was the order of the day, and Jupp and W.G. Cobb looked like making a stand, but at 86 Jupp was out in exactly the same way as Peel, completely beaten by a breaking ball from Smith. The newcomer, H.D. Keigwin, displayed great patience for a while, but at 114 Cobb fell softly to a catch in slips after having survived an appeal for leg before from the previous ball.
Platt, who had just relieved Rushby, was the bowler, and with the total on 125 Lord Dalmeny made a double change in his attack, Hobbs and Moulder going on, and in quick time that pair cleaned out the remaining four batsmen for but five runs.
At 126 the seventh wicket fell, and at 130, Broadbent, J.T. Anderson, and Keigwin were in turn disposed of, the last two being out to catches at mid-off from tame strokes. Bull did not get a ball, and Keigwin, who had played very nicely, was the last to go.
An hour and three quarters was sufficient time to enable the Surrey men to capture the seven wickets, and as play had started at half past eleven, in order to give the visitors and opportunity of getting home tonight, they were able to get the 2.20 train to London.
All over it was a disappointing and feeble display that the Scottish players gave, and Surrey won by an innings and 280 runs. It is understood that the Grange expenses connected with the match will be met, but that the surplus, if any, will be small.
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