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Detailed History of the St Albans Cricket Club

The first day's play
[ St Albans Centennial Book (1905-2005) ]
The formative years < Index > The early years

District cricket came somewhat damply to Christchurch, proving inclement weather is by no means a recent problem. St Albans was drawn to play Linwood at Lancaster Park and The Press was severe in its criticism of the playing field.

The ground was hardly fit to play football on, let alone cricket, a great deal of the north end being under water, it reported.

Original St Albans captain A Kinvig lost the toss and St Albans was sent in to bat. An unbeaten 33 by W C H Wigley, an innings described as capital cricket, considering the adverse conditions, got St Albans through to 74.

Linwood lost captain S Orchard with a finger injury while fielding and slumped from 12 for one wicket to 41 all out. K M Ollivier (6-26) and Greenwood (3-14) bowled through the innings.

By stumps St Albans had extended its overall lead to 65 runs with nine wickets in hand. But a game which had started on October 21 was not completed until November 18 because of two rain-outs and the early custom of not playing on New Zealand Cup day at Riccarton.

The St Albans second innings ended at 137, with G W Garrard top-scoring on 42. Linwood needed 171 to win and seemed doomed to defeat at 124 for eight. But E O Farrell and A E Young combined in an unbeaten partnership of 47 to win the game by two wickets.

St Albans also fielded a second grade team and two third grade sides in its debut season. The second grade side lost by three wickets with Christ's College scoring the winning run in the last available over in the match, despite St Albans having taken an 84-run first innings lead. The third grade A team beat Riccarton B but the St Albans B team lost to Riccarton A.


The formative years < Index > The early years

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