Staffordshire v Northamptonshire
Minor Counties Championship 1897
VenueAston Lower Grounds, Birmingham on 28th, 29th June 1897 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossNorthamptonshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultStaffordshire won by 6 wickets
PointsStaffordshire 1; Northamptonshire -1
Close of play day 1Northamptonshire (2) 69/7 (East 11*, Horton 0*)

Northamptonshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
TA Brownrun out2     
GH Colsonb Turner13     
CJT Poolb Walker24     
GJ Thompsonc McHarg b Turner15     
W Eastb Turner2     
A Robinsonc McHarg b Walker9     
E Masonb Walker4     
+BC Smithrun out1     
*T Hortonb Turner2     
CC Ealesnot out4     
L Coxb Turner0     
Extras(4 b, 1 nb)5
Total(all out, 36.4 overs)81
Fall of wickets:
1-4, 2-16, 3-58, 4-58, 5-69, 6-69, 7-74, 8-74, 9-77, 10-81 (36.4 ov)
Staffordshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Pitchford8   1200--
Walker10   1233-1

Staffordshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
H Widdowsonc Horton b Thompson6     
T Grimshawc Pool b Brown20     
W Brownc Mason b East4     
*HD Strattonb Thompson0     
RC Clarkb Thompson1     
JW Fillistonc and b Thompson2     
WE Walkerc Smith b East10     
PE Mainwaringb Cox31     
WH Turnernot out8     
+G McHargb Thompson5     
JG Pitchfordc Eales b Thompson6     
Extras(5 b)5
Total(all out, 37.3 overs)98
Fall of wickets:
1-6, 2-10, 3-13, 4-21, 5-29, 6-33, 7-75, 8-79, 9-90, 10-98 (37.3 ov)
Northamptonshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
East11   5252--
Brown5   2141--
Cox6   4111--

Northamptonshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
TA Brownrun out5     
GH Colsonc McHarg b Grimshaw15     
CJT Poolc Mainwaring b Turner3     
GJ Thompsonc Clark b Turner5     
W Eastst McHarg b Turner25     
A Robinsonb Turner10     
E Masonb Walker15     
+BC Smithc Pitchford b Walker1     
*T Hortonc and b Turner12     
CC Ealesc and b Turner0     
L Coxnot out6     
Extras(6 b, 1 nb)7
Total(all out, 57.2 overs)104
Fall of wickets:
1-9, 2-14, 3-31, 4-31, 5-41, 6-67, 7-69, 8-95, 9-95, 10-104 (57.2 ov)
Staffordshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Walker12   3372-1
Grimshaw9   5111--
Pitchford9   570--

Staffordshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
H Widdowsonb Thompson18     
T Grimshawc Mason b East7     
*HD Strattonb Thompson18     
W Brownnot out35     
RC Clarkc Horton b Brown2     
JW Fillistonnot out3     
WE Walkerdid not bat      
PE Mainwaringdid not bat      
WH Turnerdid not bat      
+G McHargdid not bat      
JG Pitchforddid not bat      
Extras(4 b, 1 w)5
Total(4 wickets, 44.2 overs)88
Fall of wickets:
1-25, 2-26, 3-69, 4-76
Northamptonshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Thompson15   4272--
Cox6   0190--
Brown9   491--
Colson1   0601-

--> A Robinson made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> L Cox made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> H Widdowson made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> T Grimshaw (1) passed his previous highest score of 12 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> HD Stratton made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> RC Clark made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> TA Brown reached 50 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches when taking his 1st wicket in the Staffordshire first innings

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
Staffordshire won this return match by six wickets at 3.40 pm on the second day. The meeting between the two teams at Northampton earlier in the month had been drawn. Rain delayed the start of play on the second day until 12.15 pm. For the winners, Turner took 11 wickets in the match for 75 runs. W Brown top-scored in the match with 35 not out. T A Brown was run out twice when opening the batting. This was Staffordshire's final Championship match of the season, as the team only played home and away matches against Northamptonshire, and did not qualify for the final table.
[Missing: Umpires.]
Sources: Staffordshire Advertiser 3 July; Northampton Daily Chronicle 28,29,30 June; Northampton Daily Reporter 28,29 June; The Sportsman 29,30 June.





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