1884 1st Test Eng v Aus - What the Papers Said of the Australia 1st innings
by John Kobylecky

Scorecard:England v Australia
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(Manchester Examiner and Times; Daily Telegraph) (Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser; Bell's Life; The Times) (Sporting Life) (Sporting Chronicle; Nottingham Guardian)
AUSTRALIA First Innings AUSTRALIA First Innings AUSTRALIA First Innings AUSTRALIA First Innings
1-6 1-2 1-2 1-2
Bannerman and M'Donnell opened the Australians' innings, Peate bowling the first over to M'Donnell from the Stretford end, Ulyett taking the opposite crease. Pilling kept wicket, Grace stood point, Steel cover-point, Hornby short mid-on, O'Brien deep behind the bowler and long-leg, Lucas long-on and third-man, Shrewsbury mid-off and short-leg, Barlow slip and mid-off, and Barnes long-off and cover-slip. Peate when not bowling stood short-slip, and Ulyett extra mid-off. Half a dozen overs had been bowled for a single when.... After the usual interval, the English team took the field, the colonists being represented by M'Donnell and Bannerman, to the bowling of Peate (Stretford) and Ulyett, the town end. At 3.35 Peate sent down a maiden, and Bannerman scored a single off Ulyett. Mr.Hornby led out his men at halfpast three, and the two first bats were M'Donnell and Bannerman. The bowling was entrusted to Peate (Stretford end) and Ulyett. Peate sent down a maiden, and for Ulyett's second ball Bannerman scored a single to the off. M'Donnell had a lucky escape from his first ball from Ulyett, which he hit up very badly, but no fielder could get up. The Australians, being represented for a start by M'Donnell and Bannerman, commenced their innings at 3.34. Peate led off with a maiden, and then Ulyett was put on at the Manchester end. Off his second ball Bannerman scored a single.
  3-6 3-7 3-5
  Two maidens from each end, and then.... Bannerman, after playing very gingerly at Peate, hit him round to the leg boundary, and.... Peate's second over Bannerman let alone, and the third over from the left-handed Yorkshireman was also unproductive, but...
7 7   7
Bannerman got a short-pitched one from Peate to leg for four...... Bannerman hit Peate to the leg boundary.   in the fourth over Bannerman got fairly hold of a ball, and despatched it without further ceremony to the leg boundary.
8 8 8 8
while M'Donnell sent Ulyett to the boundary for another four. Both batsmen had had a lucky escape off Ulyett. M'Donnell cut the same bowler to the boundary. M'Donnell cut Ulyett for another pair. Then M'Donnell cut a short pitched ball from Ulyett to the ropes,
9 9 9 9
A single to Bannerman from Peate ended his career.... A single to Bannerman off Peate brought 10 up. A single to Bannerman took him to the other end, where.... and Bannerman put up a ball from Peate, which just fell short of a fielder, and then, getting to the other end.....
10 10 10 10
a most unmistakeable case of "leg before" occuring in Ulyett's second over; 10-1-6. Murdoch came next..... Soon afterwards, in the next over, Bannerman was given out leg-before off Ulyett. One for 10. Murdoch followed.... after nine overs had been bowled for six runs (!) he was leg before wicket to Ulyett. (10-1-6). Murdoch came in.... put his leg in front of a straight ball from Ulyett, and in response to a very confident appeal by this bowler, Rowbotham gave the batsman out. Murdoch now came out to partner M'Donnell.....
  11 11 11
M'Donnell increasing the score by a couple from Peate. and McDonnell got Peate to leg for a couple. first wicket down, and M'Donnell put Peate to leg for two. who snicked Peate for two, and....
12 12-15 12 12
Murdoch opened with a single and a two to leg (!) off the fast bowler. M'Donnell made a fine off-drive to the boundary off Ulyett, and a single by Murdoch off Peate brought up 20 on the telegraph. Murdoch scored a single to the on from Ulyett, and M'Donnell put the same bowler to square-leg for a couple. hit the next ball (!) square for another couple.
In Peate's next over the Australian captain gave a chance at the wicket which was not taken.   After a maiden to Murdoch....  
14-18   14 14
In each of the following three overs from Ulyett a four was scored, the total having reached 29, when....   M'Donnell drove Ulyett to the off boundary, along the ground. The fielders all crowded round the batsman, but M'Donnell broke through the line, and off drove Ulyett to the boundary, whilst....
    Murdoch scored a single to the on from Peate, and....  
  16-17 16 16
  Murdoch also drove Ulyett to the off boundary, and in the subsequent over Pilling appealed against him, but without success. from the other end drove Ulyett almost straight for four. Murdoch next drove him nearly straight for another four, all run.
      Pilling now made an appeal for stumping Murdoch off Peate, but a deaf ear was turned by Rowbotham, and....
  18   18
  Then, in the next over, M'Donnell snicked Ulyett through the slips to the boundary,and...   a snick off Ulyett's fast bowling by M'Donnell was the cause of another four being put on the score sheet.
20 20 20 20
Barlow came on in place of the Yorkshireman. M'Donnnell scored a couple and a single from the two first balls and got.... with the score at 29, Barlow relieved Ulyett. McDonnell despatched the first ball of the new bowler to leg for two, and played him for a single. At 29 Barlow bowled for Ulyett, but nothing came of the change. At 29, Ulyett was removed for Barlow, and M'Donnell got him away for two, O'Brien cleverly shying the wicket down just as the batsman completed the second run.
  After making 1 from Peate, McDonnell sent Barlow to leg for 3.    
22     22
a three to leg in the following over. The score rose rapidly but steadily, the colonists apparently playing the English bowling with greater freedom than the Englishmen played theirs. M'Donnell maintained a stubborn defence, accompanied by free hitting, punishing both Peate and Barlow. The fielding, too, was not so smart as it might have been. Then....     In Barlow's second over, M'Donnell stroke out to drive Barlow, but fluked him to long leg for three.
  25   25
  2 overs later the same bastman drove Peate to the off boundary.   A much better stroke was the one that succeeded this, when the Victorian drove Peate to the pavilion rails.
27 27   27
at 41, Mr.Steel was commissioned at Peate's end, Murdoch cutting the first and the last balls of the over to the pavilion enclosure for four each. This caused a bowling change at 41,Steel relieving Peate, and Murdoch at once cut him to the boundary, and repeated the cut off his fourth ball, the over being productive of eight runs.   This brought on Steel for Peate at 41, but the first and fourth ball from the Cantab were cut by Murdoch for fours.
28-29 28   28
Singles to each batsman off the next two overs brought 50 up at twenty minutes past four. A single from M'Donnell brought up 50, and it was noticeable that the success of the colonists evoked not the slightest recognition.   Barlow was well on the spot, and M'Donnell just snicked him out of the wicket with a ball that beat the batsman.
30   30 30
M'Donnell drove Barlow to the on for four, but....   McDonnell drove Barlow finely to the off boundary for four. He added a single off the same bowler, and.... M'Donnell next hit Barlow grandly for four, but then....
31 31 31 31
in trying to drive in the Cantab's third over M'Donnell put one up which Pilling easily secured; 56-2-36; the outgoer had five fours, a three and three twos in his score. However, the career of M'Donnell was soon afterwards cut short, he skying a ball from Steel, which Pilling secured. His 36 was obtained by free hitting, and included five 4s, one 3 and three 2s. Two for 56. Giffen partnered Murdoch, and the next ball from Steel Murdoch hit to the leg boundary. was caught in Steel's next over from a "skier" when he had made 36. His chief hits were five fours, a three, and three twos. (Two for 56). Murdoch was now joined by Giffen, and the Australian captain sent Steel to leg for four, and.... skied a ball from Steel high to the wicket-keeper, who easily waited for, and made the catch. M'Donnell had made 36 out of 56, and his retirement let in Giffen. Murdoch cemented the new association with a four to leg off Steel, and then....
32 32 32 32
Giffen filled the vacancy, and began by driving Barlow off for four and placed him to leg for a couple, and.... Giffen opened his account with a four-drive off Barlow and a snick to leg for a couple off the same bowler, and.... Giffen opened by driving Barlow for four, and playing him to leg for two. saw Giffen drive Barlow to the on for four.
35 35 35  
after a single, Giffen drove Mr.Steel to the off boundary for four. a further boundary hit off Steel. Steel's next over yielded seven runs - 2 and a single to Murdoch and a four off-drive to Giffen.  
36 36-38 36 36
The score had now reached 73, and Barnes bowled for Barlow.... At 73 Barnes was substituted for Barlow, the visitors having certainly got the upper hand of the ball. In Barlow's first over (!) Murdoch gave a fair chance to Steel at cover-point, but he failed to hold it, an unfortunate piece of fielding. At 73 Barnes superseded Barlow, and was driven to the off for two by Murdoch. Then, when the score added up to 73, Barnes was told to go and try to get a wicket, vice Barlow, whilst....
37   37 37
Peate coming on again in place of Mr.Steel.   Peate here, resumed in place of Steel. Steel was supplanted by Peate at 75.
38   38 38
From the Notts professional Murdoch cut a ball straight to A.G. Steel at cover-point, but that usually safe fieldsman failed to hold it. Murdoch had then made 23 and....   Murdoch had a let-off at cover point by Steel off Barnes, when he had scored 23, and the score was 75. Murdoch here should have been easily taken at cover-point off Barnes. The ball went straight to Steel, but that fielder dropped the catch, amid quite a howl of disappointment.
  40 40 40
  Giffen drove Barnes square to the boundary, but soon afterwards Barnes was punished by Giffen for six in his next over - two to leg, and four on-drive. Giffen thereupon got onto the track of Barnes, hitting him for two and four to the onside, whilst....
    After Peate had sent down four maiden overs, and Barnes two....  
    45 45
    Murdoch got four by a leg-hit off the slow bowler. This was his final contribution, and.... Murdoch got Peate away to leg for four.
      A splendid stop by O'Brien at mid-off from a very hard drive by Giffen was cheered, and then....
47 47 47 47
no seperation came about until the aggregate had reached 86, when Murdoch was taken at point; 86-3-28. This batsman, same as M'Donnell, had five fours in his score. Midwinter, who came next, at once drove Peate for four, which caused 90 to go up..... Murdoch was smartly caught at point by Grace, off his glove, he having contributed a serviceable 28, which included five fours. Three for 86. Midwinter filled the vacancy, but with only four more added to the total..... Peate had his revenge by getting him caught at point in his next over for 28, in which were five fours and two twos.(Three for 86) Midwinter was Giffen's new associate, and hit the first ball of Peate's straight for four. Murdoch was very well caught at point by Dr.Grace off Peate, with the total at 86 for three wickets. Midwinter was the next to appear at the crease, and his first effort by way of scoring was a straight drive for four from Peate's bowling.
48 48 48 48-50
and, without addition, Giffen was "c and b" Barnes; 90-4-16. Giffen was caught and bowled by Barnes, his fifteen including three fours. Four for 90. Bonnor joined Midwinter and.... He immediately lost the company of Giffen, who returned a ball to Barnes, when he had scored 16. Giffen at 90 returned a ball very hard to Barnes, who, however, accepted the chance. Bonnor came in, and spooned a ball just out of reach of any fielder.
  cut Peate, and a piece of loose fielding on the part of Ulyett resulted in a couple being scored. Midwinter also had a life given him, Pilling failing to hold the ball.    
    51 51-52
    With the total at 90 for four wickets, Bonnor came in, with a very bad light, and his first contribution was two, off Peate.... The England score was reached at a few minutes after five, and then Pilling made a gallant attempt to catch Midwinter at the wicket, and it would have been a rare bit of cricket had the catch come off.
53   53-54 53
This let in Bonnor, and a big hit from him off Peate over the ropes passed the score of England, amid some cheering, at ten minutes past five, but scarcely had the cheers subsided when the giant kicked his wicket, having been driven back by Peate. He showed very considerable hesitation in leaving the crease. Pullin, the umpire at the bowler's end, said it was Rowbotham's decision; but the latter was not in a position to see, and Pullin being again appealed to gave Bonnor out. 97-5-6. Bonnor next drove Peate amongst the crowd, but the following ball a too careless turning of the bat resulted in him having to retire, hit wicket. He was extremely dubious as to the accuracy of the verdict, and it had to be repeated before he gave way. Five for 97. Blackham followed, and.... and in that bowler's following over he drove him grandly for four; but off his next ball he hit his wicket, and retired for six. Five for 97 was the state of the game as Blackham came in, and a two to each batsman (one from each bowler) caused the 100 to be hoisted at 5.15. Bonnor drove Peate splendidly over the ropes, but with the next ball the giant was backed onto his wicket. Bonnor seemed disinclined to go out, and an appeal to the umpire at the bowling end was necessary as Rowbotham could not give a decision.
54 54   54-60
Blackham followed in, and a two from each bowler to each batsman caused 100 to appear on the indicator. a couple from Midwinter brought up the century at a quarter past five .   The hundred went up at 5.15, and then some capital fielding was shown by Steel. Barnes, after a while was punished by Blackham, a two and three to leg coming in one over.
55-64   55-57  
A very brilliant piece of fielding by Steel at cover-point deserves mention. Some attention had been paid to Barnes since he accounted for Giffen's wicket, and the result of a consultation was that at 115 Mr.Steel took the ball from him,and....   Three quiet overs followed, and then....  
    Midwinter drove Barnes to the off for three - the boundary being cleverly saved by Steel.  
    Blackham got the fast bowler to leg for two and three in his next over, and 110 went up.  
    Midwinter also despatched Barnes to leg for three.  
  64 64-66 64-66
  Fifteen more runs having been added, Steel went on vice Barnes, the change having the desired effect.... After this that bowler was changed for Steel at 115. The change worked well, as with three singles added, Blackham was bowled by Steel for eight. (Six for 118). Scott followed in, and his first contribution was two to the off from Steel. At 115 A.G.Steel was deputed to try his hand with the ball in place of Barnes, and a good result attended this change, as Blackham got his leg before the wicket, a clear case apparently, as it drew forth a general appeal.
66 66    
in his second over had Blackham leg before. 118-6-8. Scott was the next batsman, and from the third ball he received from Steel he scored a couple. Blackham being given out leg before off his bowling. Six for 118. Scott was the new batsman, and he drove Steel to the off for two.    
67 67 67 67
Scott next partnered Midwinter, the latter twice driving Peate nearly straight for fours. Midwinter then sent one from Peate to the boundary and served the next ball similarly. Midwinter next drove two successive balls of Peate's for 4 each. Midwinter drove Peate for a couple of fours from successive balls.
68-73 68    
This caused Dr.Grace to have a trial at 128 at Peate's end. Half-a-dozen overs were bowled without a run, when.... Steel then bowled a maiden over, and....    
  69 69-73 69-73
  Grace at 128 relieved Peate. The doctor required careful manipulation, but This naturally led to his retirement, and at 128 Grace took the ball. Nothing was done in the next five overs, and then.... This brought about another change in the attack, Dr.Grace relieving Peate at 128. Some capital fielding all round was shown, Hornby, O'Brien and Ulyett in particular distinguishing themselves. Grace had now sent down five maiden overs, but....
74 74 74  
Scott let out at Mr.Steel, a four being the result. a leg boundary hit by Scott off Steel brought up 130. Scott despatched Steel to leg for four.  
76 76 76 76
The lastnamed batsman next got Mr.Steel through the slips for four, an overthrow converting the hit into a five. Scott cut the same bowler for what should have been a three, but close running and a careless return turned the triplet into a five. Grace had bowled five consecutive maidens. Two overs later he cut the same bowler for five (one for over-throw). Steel had no such luck, as Scott cut him for five, an overthrow being responsible for the extra run.
79   79  
Dr.Grace had now bowled six overs, and in the last of them two singles were scored, the remainder all being unproductive, when..   Grace, after bowling five maidens, was played by each batsman for a single.  
80 80 80-82 80
Barnes bowled again in place of Mr.Steel, the gross then 139. At 139 Steel gave way for Barnes, and two runs later.... At 139 Barnes relieved Steel. A period of very slow play followed, till.... At 139 Barnes took the ball from Steel, but Midwinter at once placed him nicely to leg for two.
      After some slow and uninteresting play Dr.Grace bowled Scott at 141. Palmer came in, but....
83-89 83 83  
A couple of runs later Dr.Grace bowled Scott. 141-7-12. The Doctor's bowling here showed 8-7-2-1. Without any alteration in the score the stumps were drawn for the day. Scott was clean bowled by Dr.Grace for a dozen, with a good ball which took the top of the off stump. His principal hit was a four. Seven for 141. at 141, a good ball of Grace's beat Scott, and he retired for a dozen.  
  84-89 84-89 84-89
  Palmer followed, and he and Midwinter played out time. Stumps were drawn at a quarter past six. One noticeable feature of the day's play is the almost total absence of extras in the scores, accounted for by grand fielding all round. Palmer the next man, could not score before the time came for drawing stumps, when the total stood at 141, of which Midwinter had made 29. The wicket played much better in the latter part of the day, and the England fielding was generally good. no further runs were scored, and at a quarter past six, when play ceased for the day, the Australian total was 141 for seven wickets, Midwinter being not out 29.
90 90-91 90-91 90-91
At five minutes past twelve Ulyett began the bowling to Midwinter, who was not out on Friday (29). A maiden was the result, and then.... Play was continued at noon sharp, with the not outs of the previous evening (Midwinter and Palmer) facing the bowling of Ulyett (town end) and Peate (Stretford end). A maiden from each bowler, and then.... At five minutes past twelve Ulyett started bowling to Midwinter, a maiden resulting, whilst Peate attacked Palmer from the Stretford end. Play was resumed at five minutes past twelve, Midwinter (29) and Palmer (0) occupying the crease. The original English bowlers, Ulyett and Peate, were the trundlers, and, after starting with a maiden apiece....
Peate from the Stretford end attacked Palmer's wicket, who was also not out on Friday, but had not scored.      
92 92 92 92
In Ulyett's second over Midwinter played him for a single, and Palmer snicked the next ball for four to the boundary, while.... Midwinter drove Ulyett straight for a single, and Palmer snicked the same bowler through the slips to the boundary. The wicket was playing a good deal faster than on Friday. In Ulyett's second over Midwinter played him for a single, and Palmer snicked him for four to the boundary, while.... Ulyett was despatched to the boundary by Palmer. The other Australian scored a single, and then...
93 93 93 93
in Peate's second over a seeming stumping chance at the wicket was not availed of, Midwinter being the batsman. In Peate's second over Midwinter stepped out, and gave Pilling a chance, but he failed to take advantage of the opportunity. in Peate's second over a difficult chance was given by Midwinter to the wicket-keeper, but the batsman escaped. I was told afterwards that the ball went so wide that Pilling could not fairly reach it. gave a chance of stumping, but Pilling, for once in a way, was not in his usual form, and missed the opportunity of putting down the wicket. Apparently he was unwell, so not quite so smart as usual.
94-99 94-100 94-99 94-100
Only a couple of singles were scored in half-a-dozen overs, when Lucas, third man up, scored a point by a piece of smart fielding. Ulyett seemed to be dead on, and more than once puzzled Midwinter. A couple from Palmer brought up 150, and.... From the next half-dozen overs only a couple of singles were scored, when.... O'Brien was then cheered for a good piece of fielding, and Palmer, in neat style, drove Ulyett to the off for a couple.
100   100  
Palmer drove Ulyett for two, and....   Palmer drove Ulyett for two, and...  
103 103 103 103
Midwinter then landed Peate over the ropes for 4 on the offside. Midwinter soon afterwards lifted Peate across the railings for 4. Midwinter landed Peate for four over the ropes on the off-side. Midwinter next drove Peate over the bowler's head to the boundary, and...
104-110 104-110 104-110  
So far the bowling had been good and the fielding perfection, Mr. O'Brien especially receiving the notion of the spectators for a grand stop. The first seperation came at 157, when Midwinter was well caught at point by Dr.Grace; the score 157-8-37. Generally they had played in the most tedious style in their time together, and during their partnership the monotony became almost painful. Neither appeared to know the use of the bat beyond keeping the ball from their wickets, and whilst they were together, though they saw 101 balls delivered, they only managed to score off eight of them, and even then as much by good fortune as otherwise. [! It's worse. They were together for 109 balls] Maiden overs were, however, the general rule, but a clever stop by O'Brien gained, as it deserved, warm commendation. Palmer drove Peate to the on for a couple, which was the only contribution for several overs, but in the last ball of Ulyett's fifth consecutive maiden over Dr.Grace caught Midwinter low down at point. His innings of 37 included four 4s, two 3s and two 2s. Eight for 157. So far the bowling had been difficult and good, while the fielding was perfection itself, O'Brien especially receiving the notice of the spectators. The seperation took place at 157, when Midwinter was well taken at point, the indicator showing 157-8-37.  
      Palmer further spoiled Peate's analysis by making an on-drive for a couple. O'Brien was again the recipient of some applause for another piece of fielding; indeed, the fielding all round was a vast improvement on that on Friday.
      Ulyett was pretty well on the spot at this time, and after sending down a series of maidens, got Midwinter wonderfully well caught at point by Dr.Grace, who stepped in and took the ball almost off the ground.
111 111-112 111 111
Spofforth came in, and soon after the first figures went down to the "extras score," a couple of leg byes being run, which.... Spofforth partnered Palmer. The newcomer's first contribution was a single, but.... Spofforth came next, when the first and only extras in the innings were scored (a couple of leg byes). Eight wickets were down for 157 when Spofforth arrived on the scene, and after two leg-byes, the first extras in the innings, had been scored, the "demon" bowler of Australia quickly rattled up 13 runs, and....
112   112  
was followed by a single to Spofforth in Ulyett's twelfth over, eight of which had been unproductive.   At this point Ulyett had bowled twelve overs (eight maidens), when Spofforth drove him for a single.....  
After a few singles had been scored Spofforth pulled Ulyett to leg very deep for four, and drove the next ball to the on for three;....      
  114 114  
  he subsequently hit Ulyett to leg for four, and in the following over (!) got him to square leg for a triplet. pulled one to leg very deep for four, and on-drove the next ball for three.  
115 115 115 115
the same batsman then got Peate to square leg for four, and driving the next ball but one of the same over to long-off, was splendidly caught, close on the ropes, by Shrewsbury, the ball being only within a few inches of the ground when it was secured; 172-9-13. Boyle whipped in, and.... A boundary hit to leg by the same batsman off Peate brought up 170, and the following ball but one of the same bowler's he drove to long-off right into Shrewsbury's hands - a good drive and a well judged and clever catch. Nine for 172. He next turned his attention to Peate, sending him to square-leg for four. The next ball but one of the same over he drove off, where Shrewsbury, close on the ropes, admirably judged the ball, and caught it within a few inches of the ground, amidst uproarious cheers. 172-9-13. then letting out at Peate, was very nicely taken near the boundary by Shrewsbury. With the total at 172 Boyle arrived at the wicket,
116-118   116-130 116-130
after a couple of overs he opened with a very fluky two off Ulyett.   The whipper-in was Boyle, who fluked a couple off Ulyett, and soon after the innings terminated at ten minutes past one for 182, it having taken some five minutes over an hour to put on 41 runs. and both he and Palmer played very careful cricket. By slow degrees the score was taken to 180, and then after Boyle had received a nasty smack on the leg from a full ball by Ulyett, the Yorkshireman knocked down his middle stump, the innings closing at 1.10 for 182.
  Boyle, the last man, commenced his stay with a couple of Ulyett,    
  Palmer also contributing a couple and a single.    
  Play was very tame, excitement being at a discount. A single from Boyle, and 180 was telegraphed. Two more runs only were added when Ulyett clean bowled Boyle, and the innings terminated for 182. The 41 runs made on Saturday morning took 80 minutes to acquire.    
The innings closed at ten minutes past one for 182 when, after another period of slow play, Ulyett clean bowled Boyle.      


(Article: Copyright © 2003 John Kobylecky)


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