Worcestershire v Northamptonshire
Minor Counties Championship 1897
VenueCounty Ground, New Road, Worcester on 9th, 10th August 1897 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossNorthamptonshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultWorcestershire won by 3 wickets
PointsWorcestershire 1; Northamptonshire -1
Close of play day 1Worcestershire (1) 106 all out

Northamptonshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
GH Colsonc Jobson b Burrows41     
HE Kingstonb Millward17     
GJ Thompsonc Fereday b Millward9     
WH Kingstonc and b Arnold13     
TA Brownc Jobson b Arnold13     
W Eastb Arnold3     
CJT Poolb Bird2     
+BC Smithb Arnold1     
G Parkinnot out4     
*T Hortonc and b Arnold4     
L Lawb Bird1     
Extras(13 b, 5 lb, 1 nb)19
Total(all out, 80 overs)127
Fall of wickets:
1-71, 2-71, 3-81, 4-95, 5-107, 6-116, 7-117, 8-122, 9-126, 10-127 (80 ov)
Worcestershire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Arnold31   12385--
Bird19   9232--
Burrows21   9321-1
Millward9   3152--

Worcestershire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*HK Fosterrun out8     
EP Jobsonb Thompson13     
GE Bromley-Martinc HE Kingston b Thompson5     
GF Wheldonb Law10     
FL Bowleyc and b Thompson20     
EG Arnoldb Thompson10     
A Millwardc Horton b Thompson5     
JB Feredaynot out16     
RD Burrowsb Thompson0     
A Birdc Colson b East10     
+T Strawc Smith b Thompson2     
Extras(4 b, 3 lb)7
Total(all out, 50.2 overs)106
Fall of wickets:
1-16, 2-23, 3-34, 4-42, 5-57, 6-71, 7-78, 8-78, 9-103, 10-106 (50.2 ov)
Northamptonshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Law15   4321--
East10   3171--

Northamptonshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CJT Poolb Bird7     
GH Colsonb Bird2     
GJ Thompsonc Millward b Bird32     
HE Kingstonb Arnold2     
WH Kingstonb Bird3     
TA Brownst Straw b Bird0     
W Eastb Bird0     
+BC Smithc Straw b Bird7     
G Parkinb Arnold2     
*T Hortonnot out0     
L Lawc Burrows b Arnold0     
Extras(6 b, 5 lb)11
Total(all out, 46 overs)66
Fall of wickets:
1-7, 2-18, 3-39, 4-45, 5-45, 6-47, 7-60, 8-60, 9-66, 10-66 (46 ov)
Worcestershire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Arnold16   7223--
Bird22   12277--
Burrows8   560--

Worcestershire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*HK Fosterb East5     
EP Jobsonb East0     
GE Bromley-Martin hit wkt b Thompson16     
EG Arnoldb Thompson4     
GF Wheldonc East b HE Kingston21     
FL Bowleyb East0     
JB Feredayb Thompson18     
A Millwardnot out9     
RD Burrowsnot out4     
A Birddid not bat      
+T Strawdid not bat      
Extras(8 b, 2 lb, 2 nb)12
Total(7 wickets, 40.4 overs)89
Fall of wickets:
1-4, 2-5, 3-20, 4-34, 5-37, 6-70, 7-85
Northamptonshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
East20   4433-2
HE Kingston3   281--

--> RD Burrows reached 50 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches when taking his 1st wicket in the Northamptonshire first innings
--> GJ Thompson reached 50 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches for the season when taking his 3rd wicket in the Worcestershire first innings
--> GJ Thompson achieved his best innings bowling analysis in Minor Counties Championship matches in the Worcestershire first innings (previous best was 6-28)
--> A Bird equalled his best innings bowling analysis in Minor Counties Championship matches in the Northamptonshire second innings

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
Worcestershire won this low-scoring return match by 3 wickets at 3.50 pm on the second day. The previous game between the two teams at Northampton in June had been drawn. Requiring 88 runs to win in their second innings, Worcestershire lost their first five wickets for 37 runs, and a Northamptonshire victory seemed possible. However, Wheldon and Fereday took the score to 70 and only one further wicket fell before the match was won. For the losers, Thompson took 10 wickets in the match for 76 runs, including 7 for 50 in the Worcestershire first innings. Colson top-scored in the match with 41. For the winners, Bird took 9 wickets for 50 runs, including 7 for 27 in the Northamptonshire second innings, and Arnold 8 for 60. The margin of victory of three wickets was the smallest of the season for any match.
[Missing: Umpires.]
Sources: Berrow's Worcester Journal 14 August; Worcester Daily Times 9,10 August; Worcestershire Echo 9,10 August; Northampton Daily Chronicle 10,11 August; Northampton Daily Reporter 9,10,11 August; The Sportsman 10,11 August.





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