Hertfordshire v Berkshire
Minor Counties Championship 1897
VenueClarence Park, St Albans on 23rd, 24th August 1897 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossBerkshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn
PointsHertfordshire 0; Berkshire 0
Umpires[unknown], WT Westell
Close of play day 1Berkshire (1) 493/9 (Barker 25*, Finch 0*)

Berkshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
FM Ingramb Fish0     
LGA Collinsc Nicholls b White72     
CEMY Nepeanc White b Golding43     
LP Collinsc Sutton b Nicholls121     
+FE Chapmanb White10     
EK Willettc Woods b Fish18     
*ACM Croomec Golding b White158     
H Barrettc Cobb b Golding20     
A Daffenb Golding11     
W Barkernot out25     
FW Finchnot out0     
Extras(12 b, 2 lb, 1 w)15
Total(9 wickets, declared, 145 overs)493
Fall of wickets:
1-0, 2-61, 3-183, 4-195, 5-246, 6-296, 7-365, 8-400, 9-489
Hertfordshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Fish49   1314521-
Woods23   0860--
Golding18   3623--
Nicholls18   5561--
White29   7953--
Cobb8   2340--

Hertfordshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
HE Whitec Chapman b Barker41     
WG Cobbc Daffen b Barker22     
GK Hextb Barker8     
*A Butcherc Chapman b Finch18     
AH Reynoldsc Daffen b Barrett4     
WH Nichollsc Chapman b Barker24     
AJ Goldingb Barker3     
IA Fishst Chapman b Finch0     
J Woodsc LP Collins b Finch3     
FL Suttonnot out0     
+CD Fastnedgeabsent hurt
Extras(1 b, 1 w)2
Total(all out, 67.1 overs)125
Fall of wickets:
1-48, 2-56, 3-71, 4-84, 5-119, 6-121, 7-121, 8-125, 9-125 (67.1 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barrett22   84711-
Croome8   1150--
Barker14   7205--

Hertfordshire second innings (following on)RunsBallsMins4s6s
J Woodsb Barrett3     
WG Cobblbw b Barker0     
HE Whiteb Barker4     
GK Hextb Barrett4     
*A Butcherc Chapman b Barrett5     
AH Reynoldsc Croome b Barrett0     
WH Nichollsc Chapman b Barrett0     
AJ Goldingb Finch14     
IA Fishnot out6     
FL Suttondid not bat      
+CD Fastnedgedid not bat      
Extras(9 b)9
Total(8 wickets, 30.4 overs)45
Fall of wickets:
1-7, 2-9, 3-16, 4-16, 5-16, 6-16, 7-35, 8-45 (30.4 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barker13   8142--
Barrett15   7165--

--> LGA Collins (1) passed his previous highest score of 60 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> LP Collins (1) passed his previous highest score of 18 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> ACM Croome (1) passed his previous highest score of 111 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> WG Cobb made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> GK Hext made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> AJ Golding made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> IA Fish made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
This return match was drawn after Hertfordshire followed on 368 runs behind. The game between the two sides at Reading earlier in the month had been won by Berkshire. Rain on the second day prevented play before lunch. When Hertfordshire had lost 5 wickets in their second innings, rain again stopped play for half an hour, thus helping the home team's effort to save the game. For the visitors, there was 1 five, 23 fours, 7 threes, and 8 twos in Croome's 158, which was scored in just 115 minutes and was the highest individual innings of the season. L P Collins's 121 lasted 175 minutes and contained 1 five, 9 fours, 7 threes and 16 twos. His brother, L G A Collins scored 72, which included 6 fours. In the Berkshire innings, they put on 122 runs for the third wicket, Croome and Barrett 69 for the seventh wicket, and Croome and Barker 89 for the ninth wicket. Berkshire's total of 493-9 wickets declared was the highest score of the season, and a new record for the competition, exceeding the 459 scored by Buckinghamshire against Hertfordshire at Watford in July. The 5 catches held by Chapman equalled the Championship record. His 6 dismissals in the match were the most for the season. Fastnedge damaged his fingers keeping wicket on the first day and did not bat in the Hertfordshire first innings.
[Missing: Umpires.]
Sources: Hertfordshire Scorebook; Watford Observer 28 August; Berkshire Chronicle 28 August; Reading Observer 28 August; The Sportsman 24,25 August.





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