Berkshire v Worcestershire
Minor Counties Championship 1897
VenueCounty Ground, Kensington Road, Reading on 11th, 12th August 1897 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossBerkshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn
PointsBerkshire 0; Worcestershire 0
UmpiresJ Edge, J Relf
Close of play day 1Berkshire (2) 53/0 (Collins 26*, Ingram 26*)

Berkshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
LGA Collinsb Arnold31     
FM Ingramlbw b Arnold1     
HFM Morresc and b Burrows9     
FE Chapmanc Straw b Burrows2     
AH Delmé-Radcliffeb Burrows0     
ER Morresc and b Arnold15     
A Daffenc Millward b Arnold0     
H Barrettb Burrows15     
*ACM Croomeb Burrows27     
+MJ Dauglishb Arnold0     
W Barkernot out11     
Extras(? b, ? lb, 1 nb, ? w)7
Total(all out, 58.1 overs)118
Fall of wickets:
1-11, 2-41, 3-43, 4-47, 5-47, 6-58, 7-68, 8-90, 9-95, 10-118 (58.1 ov)
Worcestershire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Arnold29   11695-1
Bird12   7180--

Worcestershire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*HK Fosterrun out5     
EP Jobsonc Ingram b Barrett24     
GE Bromley-Martinc Collins b Barker0     
GF Wheldonc Collins b Barker0     
FL Bowleyc Dauglish b Barrett60     
EG Arnoldc HFM Morres b Barrett6     
EG Bromley-Martinc Delmé-Radcliffe b Barker4     
A Millwardnot out4     
RD Burrowsc Daffen b Barrett8     
A Birdb Barker1     
+T Strawc Daffen b Barrett0     
Extras(? b, ? lb, ? nb, 1 w)8
Total(all out, 42.4 overs)120
Fall of wickets:
1-5, 2-5, 3-5, 4-94, 5-99, 6-104, 7-104, 8-116, 9-117, 10-120 (42.4 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barker19   5514--
Croome2   0130--
Daffen3   01701-

Berkshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
LGA Collinsc Burrows b Arnold53     
FM Ingramc Foster b Bird44     
HFM Morresb Bird31     
AH Delmé-Radcliffec Straw b Bird10     
FE Chapmanb Arnold0     
A Daffenc Straw b Burrows2     
ER Morresc Bowley b Burrows19     
H Barrettrun out11     
*ACM Croomeb Bird34     
+MJ Dauglishc EG Bromley-Martin b Burrows26     
W Barkernot out5     
Extras(? b, ? lb, 1 nb, 1 w)19
Total(all out, 94 overs)254
Fall of wickets:
1-97, 2-107, 3-107, 4-142, 5-148, 6-151, 7-180, 8-196, 9-234, 10-254 (94 ov)
Worcestershire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Burrows31   991311
Arnold24   7542--
Millward3   170--
EG Bromley-Martin4   0200--
Bird32   11634--

Worcestershire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*HK Fosterc Daffen b Barker25     
EP Jobsonc Dauglish b Barrett5     
GE Bromley-Martinrun out34     
GF Wheldonb Croome8     
FL Bowleyc Barker b Collins38     
EG Arnoldnot out37     
A Millwardnot out13     
EG Bromley-Martindid not bat      
RD Burrowsdid not bat      
A Birddid not bat      
+T Strawdid not bat      
Extras(? b, ? lb, 1 nb, 4 w)12
Total(5 wickets, 71 overs)172
Fall of wickets:
1-18, 2-37, 3-55, 4-101, 5-125
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barker27   10551-1
Barrett18   6481--
Croome16   23313-
Daffen3   190--
Collins6   21511-
Dauglish1   100--

--> ER Morres (1) passed his previous highest score of 11 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> ER Morres (2) passed his previous highest score of 15 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> ACM Croome (2) passed 500 runs in Minor Counties Championship matches when he reached 22
--> H Barrett achieved his best innings bowling analysis in Minor Counties Championship matches in the Worcestershire first innings (previous best was 2-49)
--> H Barrett achieved his first five wickets in an innings in Minor Counties Championship matches in the Worcestershire first innings
--> A Bird reached 100 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches when taking his 3rd wicket in the Berkshire second innings

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
In this drawn return match, Worcestershire were set 253 to win in under three hours and ended 81 short with five wickets remaining. Worcestershire had won when the two teams met at Worcester in July. For the home team, Collins's 53 included 7 fours, while Bowley's 60 for the visitors contained 11 fours. A press report suggests that the wicket had been watered shortly before the match began and gave considerable encouragement to the bowlers on the first day. This draw ended a run of six consecutive wins for Worcestershire. Nevertheless, it was this result that effectively ensured they would retain the Championship from their closest rivals Glamorgan.
[Missing: Extras breakdown.]
Sources: Berkshire Chronicle 14 August; Reading Mercury 14 August; Reading Observer 14 August; Reading Standard 13 August; Berrow's Worcester Journal 14 August; Worcestershire Echo 12,13 August; The Sportsman 12,13 August.





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