Berkshire v Oxfordshire
Minor Counties Championship 1897
VenueCounty Ground, Kensington Road, Reading on 2nd, 3rd August 1897 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossOxfordshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultBerkshire won by 9 wickets
PointsBerkshire 1; Oxfordshire -1
UmpiresF Gladwin, J Relf
Close of play day 1Berkshire (1) 321/8 (Chapman 130*, Willett 81*)

Oxfordshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CE Brownrigglbw b Daffen13     
CHS Gmelinc Daffen b Barker1     
+ED Comptonb Barker14     
RHW Brewisc Chapman b Barker2     
F Deanec Daffen b Barker0     
P Rogersc Willett b Barker5     
HGC Dayc LGA Collins b Croome48     
A Rogersc Nepean b LGA Collins31     
WA Wellsb LGA Collins0     
R Hintonnot out7     
AW Robertsc Daffen b Croome0     
Total(all out, 43.1 overs)127
Fall of wickets:
1-2, 2-26, 3-30, 4-30, 5-35, 6-42, 7-106, 8-107, 9-127, 10-127 (43.1 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barker18   4455--
Daffen15   4451--
LGA Collins4   1182--

Berkshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
LGA Collinsc A Rogers b P Rogers8     
LP Collinsc Gmelin b A Rogers10     
A Daffenb A Rogers37     
*ACM Croomeb A Rogers5     
CEMY Nepeanc Hinton b A Rogers17     
EF Hillst Compton b P Rogers6     
FE Chapmanb A Rogers130     
+MJ Dauglishc Compton b P Rogers4     
HL Wetheredb A Rogers15     
EK Willettnot out82     
W Barkerb P Rogers1     
Total(all out, 83.4 overs)324
Fall of wickets:
1-9, 2-29, 3-51, 4-68, 5-81, 6-89, 7-93, 8-120, 9-321, 10-324 (83.4 ov)
Oxfordshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
A Rogers32   81066--
P Rogers32.451054--
Hinton7   1230--
Roberts2   0140--
Gmelin4   0230--
Wells6   0430--

Oxfordshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CHS Gmelinc Croome b LGA Collins34     
WA Wellsc Chapman b Daffen5     
+ED Comptonc and b Croome91     
F Deaneb Croome24     
HGC Dayc LGA Collins b Croome0     
P Rogersc LGA Collins b Hill23     
RHW Brewisb LGA Collins1     
A Rogersc LP Collins b Hill7     
AW Robertsb Barker10     
R Hintonc Nepean b Croome0     
CE Brownriggnot out2     
Total(all out, 83.2 overs)217
Fall of wickets:
1-35, 2-69, 3-100, 4-103, 5-167, 6-168, 7-183, 8-212, 9-212, 10-217 (83.2 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barker25   8521--
Daffen10   1371--
LGA Collins12   3232--
Hill7   1222--

Berkshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*ACM Croomec sub (LP Collins) b P Rogers4     
EF Hillnot out6     
+MJ Dauglishnot out11     
LGA Collinsdid not bat      
LP Collinsdid not bat      
A Daffendid not bat      
CEMY Nepeandid not bat      
FE Chapmandid not bat      
HL Wethereddid not bat      
EK Willettdid not bat      
W Barkerdid not bat      
Total(1 wicket, 5 overs)21
Fall of wickets:
Oxfordshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
A Rogers3   0130--
P Rogers2   081--

--> Bowling in the Berkshire first innings adds 1 run under
--> ED Compton made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> RHW Brewis made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> HGC Day (1) passed his previous highest score of 26 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> R Hinton made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> LP Collins made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> FE Chapman (1) passed his previous highest score of 35 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> HL Wethered made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> EK Willett made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> CHS Gmelin (2) passed his previous highest score of 29 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> W Barker reached 50 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches when taking his 2nd wicket in the Oxfordshire first innings
--> P Rogers reached 100 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches when taking his 1st wicket in the Berkshire second innings

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
Berkshire won this match by 9 wickets at 4.20 pm on the second day. A feature of the game was a partnership of 201 runs for the ninth wicket in the Berkshire first innings between Chapman and Willett, which was a new record for the competition. It exceeded the 89 put on by H E Kingston and T Horton in the Northamptonshire first innings versus Worcestershire at Northampton in 1896. Chapman's 130 included 17 fours, 6 threes, and 11 twos, whilst Willett's 82 not out contained 1 seven and 7 fours. There were 10 fours in Compton's 91 for Oxfordshire. In the Oxfordshire first innings, Day and A Rogers added 64 runs for the seventh wicket. Brownrigg batted last in the Oxfordshire second innings because he was injured, and did not field in the Berkshire second innings. Oxfordshire arranged only six championship match fixtures during the season and did not qualify for the Championship table.
[Missing: Extras breakdown; Oxfordshire Captain; in Berkshire 1st inns runs conceded one short in all sources listed.]
Sources: Berkshire Chronicle 7 August; Reading Mercury 7 August; Reading Observer 7 August; Reading Standard 6 August; Jackson's Oxford Journal 7 August; Oxford Chronicle 7 August; Oxford Times 7 August; The Sportsman 3,4 August.





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