Worcestershire v Berkshire
Minor Counties Championship 1897
VenueCounty Ground, New Road, Worcester on 28th, 29th July 1897 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossWorcestershire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultWorcestershire won by an innings and 24 runs
PointsWorcestershire 1; Berkshire -1
Umpires[unknown], J Relf
Close of play day 1Berkshire (1) 92/9 (Barker 13*)

Worcestershire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
EP Jobsonc Croome b Relf0      
*HK Fosterb Relf26      
EG Arnoldrun out53      
GE Bromley-Martinc Christopherson b Croome13      
RE Fosterc Collins b Croome26      
GF Wheldonc Relf b Croome29      
EG Bromley-Martinc Croome b Morres48      
A Millwardlbw b Barker21      
RD Burrowsc Daffen b Morres9      
A Birdc Delmé-Radcliffe b Relf23      
+T Strawnot out4      
Extras(? b, ? lb, ? nb, 4 w)18
Total(all out, 81.3 overs)270
Fall of wickets:
1-0, 2-46, 3-74, 4-124, 5-128, 6-203, 7-?, 8-232, 9-242, 10-270 (81.3 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barker22   4501--
Croome27   57634-
Daffen6   2210--
Morres9   2252--

Berkshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CEMY Nepeanb Arnold0      
LGA Collinsb Arnold11      
A Daffenc Straw b Bird1      
HFM Morresb Burrows7      
AH Delmé-Radcliffec EG Bromley-Martin b Arnold4      
AE Relfb Arnold25      
*ACM Croomeb Arnold6      
P Christophersonc HK Foster b EG Bromley-Martin13      
OT Cookerun out0      
W Barkerc Millward b Bird18      
JWS Wheblenot out10      
Total(all out, 63.4 overs)104
Fall of wickets:
1-0, 2-1, 3-21, 4-23, 5-35, 6-47, 7-63, 8-63, 9-92, 10-104 (63.4 ov)
Worcestershire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Arnold31   13475--
Burrows12   4131--
EG Bromley-Martin8   1181--

Berkshire second innings (following on)RunsBallsMins4s6s
CEMY Nepeanb Bird1      
LGA Collinsb Arnold1      
A Daffenb Bird0      
HFM Morresb Burrows35      
AH Delmé-Radcliffec EG Bromley-Martin b Arnold3      
AE Relfc Straw b Bird2      
*ACM Croomeb Bird0      
P Christophersonst Straw b EG Bromley-Martin52      
W Barkerlbw b Burrows3      
OT Cookenot out12      
JWS Wheblerun out23      
Extras(? b, ? lb, 1 nb, 1 w)10
Total(all out, 58.3 overs)142
Fall of wickets:
1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 4-11, 5-19, 6-19, 7-98, 8-98, 9-102, 10-142 (58.3 ov)
Worcestershire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Bird14   6334--
Burrows15   8322--
EG Bromley-Martin10   23511-

--> HFM Morres made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> AH Delmé-Radcliffe made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> P Christopherson made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> OT Cooke made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> JWS Wheble made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> OT Cooke made his last appearance in Minor Counties Championship matches

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
This was the inaugural Championship match at the new County Ground at Worcester. Worcestershire won at 3.30 pm on the second day by an innings and 24 runs, after Berkshire followed on 166 runs behind. For Worcestershire, Arnold top-scored with 53, whilst Christopherson's 52 for Berkshire contained 5 fours. In the Berkshire second innings, Morres and Christopherson added 79 run for the seventh wicket.
[Missing: One umpire; extras breakdown; Berkshire wicket-keeper; in Worcestershire inns boundaries in Arnold's 53, and fall of 7th wicket.]
Sources: Berrow's Worcester Journal 31 July; Worcestershire Echo 28,29 July; Berkshire Chronicle 31 July; Reading Mercury 31 July; Reading Observer 31 July; Reading Standard 30 July; The Sportsman 29,30 July.





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