Wiltshire v Berkshire
Minor Counties Championship 1897
VenueThe County Ground, Swindon on 20th, 21st August 1897 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossBerkshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn
PointsWiltshire 0; Berkshire 0
UmpiresW Haggard, J Relf
Close of play day 1Berkshire (1) 93/0 (LGA Collins 27*, Nepean 57*)

Berkshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
LGA Collinsb Overton55     
CEMY Nepeanb Overton68     
+MJ Dauglishb Overton0     
FM Ingramb Overton3     
LP Collinsst Miller b Smart5     
FE Chapmanlbw b Atfield55     
AH Delmé-Radcliffec and b Overton1     
*ACM Croomec Smart b Overton33     
H Barrettc Eldridge b Overton5     
W Barkerb Overton12     
FW Finchnot out0     
Total(all out, 92.1 overs)251
Fall of wickets:
1-104, 2-104, 3-118, 4-129, 5-161, 6-163, 7-219, 8-229, 9-?, 10-251 (92.1 ov)
Wiltshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Eldridge24   5730--
Humphrys11   2370--
Smart16   4391--
Miller1   030--
Atfield2   0131--

Wiltshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
JE Stevensb Finch10     
OG Radcliffeb Barrett0     
CS Awdryc Finch b Barrett2     
AJ Atfieldc Finch b Barrett2     
WH Goudgest Dauglish b Finch0     
FH Humphrysb Finch1     
HS Snellc LGA Collins b Barrett5     
T Smartc LGA Collins b Barrett11     
W Overtonc LGA Collins b Barrett0     
AG Eldridgenot out11     
*+AM Millerabsent
Extras(1 b)1
Total(all out, 21.2 overs)43
Fall of wickets:
1-2, 2-12, 3-12, 4-12, 5-16, 6-16, 7-28, 8-30, 9-43 (21.2 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Finch11   4213--

Wiltshire second innings (following on)RunsBallsMins4s6s
OG Radcliffec Chapman b Finch0     
JE Stevensc Nepean b Croome40     
CS Awdryst Dauglish b Finch14     
AJ Atfieldlbw b Finch16     
WH Goudgec Dauglish b Barrett7     
FH Humphrysb Barrett0     
HS Snelllbw b Barrett0     
T Smartnot out7     
W Overtonst Dauglish b Finch0     
AG Eldridgenot out4     
*+AM Millerdid not bat      
Total(8 wickets, 44 overs)94
Fall of wickets:
1-0, 2-31, 3-61, 4-78, 5-80, 6-80, 7-88, 8-90
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Finch19   7364--
Barrett17   8373--
Croome5   0141--
Barker1   010--
LGA Collins2   200--

--> AH Delmé-Radcliffe made his last appearance in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> LGA Collins (1) passed 500 runs in Minor Counties Championship matches when he reached 32
--> W Overton achieved his best innings bowling analysis in Minor Counties Championship matches in the Berkshire first innings (previous best was 6-24)
--> H Barrett achieved his best innings bowling analysis in Minor Counties Championship matches in the Wiltshire first innings (previous best was 5-19)

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
Berkshire just failed to win this drawn return match, after Wiltshire followed on 208 runs behind. The game between the two sides earlier in the month at Reading had been won by Berkshire. Rain delayed play on the first day until 2.00 pm, when only around two hours of cricket were possible, before a further downpour at about 4.00 pm halted cricket for the day. Overnight the two Captains agreed to play to 6.30 pm to try to achieve a result. On the second day, rain prevented play after the lunch interval until 3.35 pm when Wiltshire began their first innings which lasted less than an hour. Following-on, and with Miller having left the ground believing the game safe, the home team lost their eighth wicket with 5 minutes of play still remaining, but Eldridge joined Smart to play out time. For the visitors, there were 8 fours in Nepean's 68, 7 fours in Chapman's 55 and 2 fours in L G A Collins's 55. In the Berkshire innings, L G A Collins and Nepean put on 104 runs for the first wicket, and Chapman and Croome 56 runs for the seventh. For Wiltshire Overton took 8 wickets for 72 runs in the Berkshire innings. Miller and Smart shared the wicket-keeping duties for the home team. The Wiltshire first innings score of 43 was the second lowest of the season for a completed innings.
[Missing: Part extras breakdown; in Berkshire inns fall of 9th wicket.]
Sources: Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette 26 August; North Wiltshire Herald 27 August; Salisbury Journal 28 August; Wiltshire Chronicle 28 August; Berkshire Chronicle 28 August; Reading Observer 28 August; Sporting Life 21,23 August; The Sportsman 21,23 August.





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