1884 1st Test Eng v Aus - What the Papers Said of the England 2nd 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)
ENGLAND Second Innings ENGLAND Second Innings ENGLAND Second Innings ENGLAND Second Innings
1 1-6 1 1-2
As nearly as possible to half-past one the first ball was bowled to Lucas, who scored a couple from the second, and then.... At half-past one, after a short interval, Grace and Lucas commenced the second innings of the England team, Spofforth opening from the town end and Boyle from the Stretford end. Grace opened with a single, followed by a three and a two, Lucas also contributing a couple. With the score at six Lucas gave a difficult chance at the wicket off Spofforth, but Blackham could not manage to secure it. Had he done so I don't care to think of what might have happened. Exactly at half-past one Spofforth bowled the first ball to Lucas. A couple were scored from the second ball, and then.... At 1.30 England entered upon their second batting essay. Dr. Grace and Lucas were the opening batsmen, and Spofforth and Boyle the bowlers. Off Spofforth's second ball Lucas got a two to leg, and then....
2   2  
Boyle went on at the Stretford end, a single being made by Dr. Grace, who then....   Boyle began at the Stretford end, Grace scoring a single....  
3   3-5 3-5
faced Spofforth, playing a maiden, while....   which brough him to face Spofforth. In the demon's third over a cry of "catch her" did not produce the desired result, the chance being too difficult for Blackham. in the third over Grace made a beautiful late cut for three. Lucas next appeared to give a hard chance at the wicket, and....
in the demon's third over a shout of "catch her" did not come off, Blackham having an exceedingly difficult chance.      
6-11   6-10 6
Little was done for some overs, when Grace put Spofforth to leg for three, the score then having increased to twelve, when....   Very little was done for some overs, when.... Grace drove Boyle for a couple.
      Another late cut by the Doctor was beautifully fielded by Giffen, and then Grace got Spofforth beautifully to leg for three.
  11-12 11  
  The doctor soon got into double figures, and with the score at 12 Giffen relieved Boyle. Off the new bowler the doctor got a single Grace put Spofforth to leg for three, the total score being now 12.  
12   12-14 12
Giffen replaced Boyle at the Stretford end, and....   Giffen took the leather from Boyle, the new trundler being at once cut for four. With the total at 12 Boyle gave way to Giffen, who rather puzzled the Gloucestershire captain for a start, and then almost bowled Lucas.
      A risky sort of short run was now brought off, and then Grace in the prettiest manner possible cut Giffen to the boundary.....
14 14    
in his second over Grace cut him late for four, to the ladies' stand. and a late cut through the slips to the boundary.    
      this being the last item before the luncheon bell rang, the total being 18 for no wicket.
17 17 17  
When 17 overs had been bowled altogether the luncheon interval took place, 18 runs being scored, 16 to Grace and 2 to Lucas. When the score stood at 18 luncheon intervened. The luncheon interval took place soon after, 18 runs having been scored from 17 overs; 16 to Grace, and two to Lucas.  
18-20 18-34 18-20 18
On starting again Mr.Lucas increased the total to 20 by a single from each bowler. At this time "W.G." did not seem at all at home with the bowling, particularly Giffen's, and.... Luncheon over, play was resumed at a quarter to three, and I don't think I have seen anything finer in cricket for a long time than the defence shown against the superb bowling of Giffen and Spofforth. Grace, it is true, was terribly puzzled by one or two overs from Giffen, but all the balls that troubled him seemed to pitch on the cut-up part of the wicket. Seventeen overs were bowled for eight runs in 18 minutes, but at last..... At the re-start a single from each bowler to Lucas sent up 20. Punctually to time, at 2.45, the players were in position again. Giffen led off with a maiden over from the Stretford end, whilst...
      a pretty cut by Lucas off Spofforth realised a single. Another single to Lucas brought up 20, but....
21-35   21-34 21-27
several overs were bowled without anything being done, when "W.G." snicked Spofforth for two. The next ball was sent into the pavilion enclosure, 30 going up.   Several overs were now bowled without anything being done, Grace particularly seeming not a home with the bowling of Giffen. At length.... it was fully ten minutes before another run was made, and then Lucas drove Spofforth nearly straight, and Grace got his first run after luncheon, after he had been batting fifteen minutes.
      Then an overthrow was good enough for a couple to the Doctor, and Lucas hit Spofforth to the on for another two.
      Another spell of inaction was followed by Grace fluking Spofforth through the slips for two, and followed it with a fine leg hit, the ball pitching over the rails and almost into the windows of the pavilion.
  35 35  
  Grace got hold of Spofforth and landed him into the pavilion, a beautiful hit to square leg pitching inside the Pavilion rails. Thirty was then telegraphed, and three runs later.... he snicked Spofforth for two, and landed the next ball onto the pavilion steps for four, soon after which.....  
37 37 37 37-38
This produced another bowling change, Palmer coming on for Spofforth at 33, Grace receiving from him and cutting the third ball of the over for three. Palmer went on vice Spofforth. Grace cut him prettily for three... another bowling chance was adopted, Palmer coming on for Spofforth at 33. Grace cut him for three from the third ball of the over. This brought about Spofforth's retirement in favour of Palmer at 33. Grace, amid cheers, cut Palmer sweetly for three, and now there was a general putting up of umbrellas, as rain commenced to fall, the light becoming very bad. It was only a passing shower, however, and then some splendid fielding by Giffen and Scott preceded a change in the attack, Boyle replacing Giffen at 36.
38 38 38  
Giffen, who had been bowling magnificently, was next removed for Boyle at 36. At this time exactly 35 minutes had elapsed in making 18 runs [i.e.since lunch]. and at 36 Boyle relieved Giffen. Giffen, who had been bowling splendidly, was next removed for Boyle. At this time 35 minutes had been occupied in scoring 18 runs.  
40-44 40-47 40-47  
The next runs came from Boyle, a couple to Lucas (!); and a like figure with a single to "W.G." caused 40 to go up. Two twos brought forty on the indicator, and with one added the "champion" played a ball onto his wicket for a nicely played 31, after being at the wicket 70 minutes. Mr.Grace's chief hits were 2 fours & 3 threes. Lucas then had a couple off Boyle, and after Grace had scored a couple and a single, Palmer clean bowled him. 41-13-1.  
      The 40 went up when Lucas got Boyle away to the onside for a couple, and Grace, who had played a fine innings of 31, was bowled off his pads by Palmer. Ulyett came out, and....
The champion was bowled at 41, out of which he had scored 31. Ulyett came next, Palmer's analysis here being six overs, five maidens, three runs, and a wicket.      
  48-52 48-52 48-52
  Ulyett joined Lucas, who was playing very carefully, but he only increased the score by one when he placed an easy ball into the hands of Bannerman, at mid-off, near the bowler. Two for 44. Ulyett came next, and only stayed for four overs, scoring a single, when he was caught at mid-off. 44-2-1. Shrewsbury played out the remainder of the over. opened with a single, whilst Lucas pulled Palmer round to the on for two. Ulyett after a while was tempted to hit out at Boyle, and was promptly caught at mid-off by Bannerman. Two wickets had fallen for 44 runs when Shrewsbury came to the crease.
Ulyett only lasted four overs, when he was caught at midoff for a single. 44-2-1. Shrewsbury came next, playing out the over.      
53-54 53-54 53-54 53-54
Mr.Lucas then got Palmer to the boundary for four, and fifty went up next over. Shrewsbury was the next man, and his partner got Palmer round to the leg boundary in fine style, which, with a bye and a single, brought up 50 at 3.50. Lucas next got Palmer to the boundary for four, whereupon 50 went up. Lucas recovered the drooping spirits by hitting Palmer well to the leg boundary, the half-century being completed at a quarter to 4.
  56-58   56-58
  Shrewsbury was the next to score with a straight drive for a couple, following this up with a pretty cut to the boundary off Boyle.   The next item of interest was a straight drive for two by Shrewsbury, who then cut Boyle grandly for four.
Shrewsbury made an off-drive for 4 and another bowling change took place at 57, Spofforth crossing over to the Stretford end....      
  62 62-65 62
  This brought on Spofforth again, vice Boyle, at 57, and three resulted from his first over. At 57 Spofforth crossed over to the Stretford wicket, Giffen taking the end vacated by him. At 57 Boyle was shunted to make room for Spofforth, whom Shrewsbury snicked for two.
65 65   65
while Giffen came on at the Trafford wicket for Palmer, and..... At 62 Giffen relieved Palmer, but.....   Another move was made in the attack at 62. Giffen displaced Palmer, the scoring being on the very slow side, and at....
after ten overs had been sent down, a bailer from Giffen sent back Mr. Lucas, the score 70-3-24, exactly one-half of Mr.Lucas's hits were singles. He had batted for two hours. Mr.Steel came in next to Shrewsbury, and three byes were run.      
  75 75 75
  a seperation was not effected until eight runs later, when Lucas fell to a bailer from the new bowler. The ball was a very fine ball, breaking back a long way on to the leg stump, and just removing the bails. His two hour 24 was obtained by patience and good play, and included 2 fours, 3 threes and 4 twos. Apart from one chance his innings was absolutely free from fault, and he seemed thoroughly to enjoy playing the good bowling. Three for 70. Steel was the next man, and.... A bailer from the latter sent back Lucas, when the indicator showed 70-3-24. Exactly one-half of Lucas's hits were singles. A.G.Steel followed in to Shrewsbury,three byes being run at once 70 Lucas was bowled with a capital ball that just took the bails, after two hours at the wicket. A.G.Steel came in, and...
76-81   76-81 76-82
The Notts man did all the hitting in the next half-dozen overs, Mr. Steel remaining quiet, and an appeal by Giffen against Mr.Steel was answered negatively.   Steel remained quiet for some time, leaving the Notts man to do the hitting. An appeal by Giffen against Steel was not allowed, and soon after.... survived an appeal for leg before wicket, and then Spofforth handed the ball to Boyle, the score being 78. After some smaller hits Steel cut Boyle splendidly to the boundary, and then....
82-83 82-84 82  
Boyle then took the bowling once more in place of Spofforth at 78. A nice off-drive by Mr.Steel, with some singles very closely approached the rubbing off the dead weight (87) against the England team, which was..... at 78 Boyle relieved Spofforth. At 4.30 the Australian total was tied. After an appeal at the wicket off Boyle resulting in favour of the batsman.... Boyle again resumed in place of Spofforth, the score having reached 78.  
    At 20 minutes to five the adverse majority had been knocked off, Shrewsbury being not out 17 and Steel Seven.  
84     84
actually done at twenty minutes to five, at that time Shrewsbury being not out 17 and Mr.Steel not out 7.     at 35 minutes past four the runs in arrears were rubbed off. With this fact duly noticed by the crowd, Blackham made a confident appeal for a catch at the wicket against Steel, but Rowbottom gave a very decided reply in the negative.
85   85 85
The Notts "pro" then drove Giffen off for four, while.....   Shrewsbury here drove Giffen to the off for four, and.... A beautiful off drive by Shrewsbury from Giffen realised 4 runs,
86 86 86 86
Mr.Steel served Boyle "ditto" in his next over; this latter operation causing Palmer to come on at 97. Steel cut the bowler for a couple and afterwards drove him straight to the boundary. Steel drove Boyle for four, which last operation.... and was heartily applauded, as was a capital offdrive by Steel of the same value.
88 88 88 88
The second ball was driven grandly to the off for four by Mr.Steel and the 100 went up amidst great applause..... At 97 Palmer relieved Boyle, and Steel cut his first ball to the boundary, bringing up the century at 4.45. Shrewsbury had up to this period been showing splendid cricket, but.... brought on Palmer at 97. A grand off-drive by Steel from the fresh bowler sent up the 100, and the applause which greeted this was renewed when.... Palmer at 97 relieved Boyle of the ball, but Steel cut him all along the ground for four, the 100 being thus compiled at 4.45.
93   93  
which was renewed soon afterwards when Shrewsbury placed Giffen very prettily to leg for three.   Shrewsbury very prettily placed Giffen to the leg side for three.  
97-98   97 97-98
Another bowling change was tried at 105, Bonnor coming on for Giffen; and after a single from him, Shrewsbury was clean bowled by Palmer, 106-4-25; while.....   Another bowling change was tried at 105, Bonnor having the leather handed to him. When 105 runs had been scored Bonnor was told to try his hand, vice Giffen, but the seperation came from the other end, Shrewsbury being bowled by Palmer for a capital 25.
  98 98  
  four runs later he was clean bowled by Palmer for 25. His chief hits were 2 fours, a three, and 4 twos. Four for 106. In the meantime Bonnor was substituted for Giffen at the town end, and both the bowling and the fielding of the Australians were a treat to witness. Shrewsbury was bowled a run later, while...  
99 99 99 99
a couple of runs later Mr.Steel was caught at the wicket,108-5-18 Steel was finely caught at the wicket at 108. at 108 Steel was caught at the wicket. Barnes had only added two runs when he saw Steel caught at the wicket, and half the batsmen were out for 108 runs.
100 100-101 100  
Barlow came next, Barnes cementing the partnership by a hit to leg for three off Palmer, and..... Barlow joined Barnes, but the latter, who hit Bonnor to leg for three and cut the same bowler for a couple.... Barlow and Barnes were then associates. Barnes cemented the partnership by a leg-hit for three off Palmer, and.....  
101-104   101-104  
cutting him for a couple and a single, which proved his last contribution, Palmer getting one past his bat; 114-6-8.   cutting him (!) for a couple and a single, being his last contribution, the bowler having his revenge, the board showing 114-6-8.  
  104   104
  had his off stump upset by Palmer. Six for 114. With four wickets to fall, the Englishmen were only 27 runs to the good.   With the arrival of Barlow only six runs were added before Palmer clean bowled Barnes for eight, and O'Brien came out.
105-113 105 105-111 105-116
Mr.O'Brien came next, and Spofforth at once resumed in place of Bonnor. The last comer had an early appeal against him for "leg before" which was answered in his favour. He then had a snick from each bowler for three, having scored a couple and two singles before. Barlow was joined by O'Brien, and the cricket was watched with painful interest. With excellent judgment Murdoch at once put on Spofforth in place of Bonnor. On O'Brien coming in, Spofforth at once resumed in place of Bonnor. The last comer had an early appeal made against him for "leg-before" which was decided in his favour, and.... Spofforth had a try with the ball again, but the score advanced pretty rapidly, although the cricket shown by the amateur was not of the best. Barlow chopped a ball just out of reach of Murdoch at point, and a three to leg by O'Brien caused 130 to be hoisted.
  O'Brien made two or three dreadfully lucky snicks, and followed them up with two good strokes to leg. In all he quickly hit up 20 runs before being caught at mid-wicket. I won't say a word in praise of his innings, but coming when they did his runs decided the match. When he left at 139 a draw was certain.    
    he replied by snicking each bowler for three.  
114-119   114-119  
The Oxonian continued to do the hitting - hitting Mr.Spofforth square for four - until he had made twenty when he was had at mid-off, the total 139-7-20.   The Oxonian continued the hitting, soon rattling up 20, when he was taken at mid-off. 139-7-20.  
      A prettily placed two to leg by Barlow was followed by a capital hit to leg by his partner, the ball travelling to the boundary. The next ball, however, O'Brien scarcely got hold of, and he was caught by Bannerman. The score was 139 for seven wickets when Hornby came out, and....
120 120-130 120 120
Mr.Hornby now came in to Barlow, and more laughter was caused in the next over from Palmer than had taken place in all the match, a single (all stolen) being scored from each ball of the over, but this merry state of things was soon altered when.... Whatever might have happened there was no time for Australia, to win. Hornby was easily stumped at 145, and Pilling bowled at 154, but Peate stayed with Barlow, and no other wicket fell, the score at the call of time being 180. Off the first ball Peate received four byes were scored. The Yorkshire slow bowler then hit Mr. Palmer square for four, after which four byes were run. Runs continued to come very fast during the last few overs, a third bye going to the boundary before the close. Hornby here joined Barlow, and considerable amusement was caused by the short runs stolen by the pair;but.... amid considerable laughter the old comrades in arms, Hornby and Barlow, brought off several sharp and short runs. However.....
122   122 122
the Lancashire captain, stepping out to Palmer, paid the penalty; 145-8-4.   the Lancashire captain's career was soon closed, as stepping out to Palmer, he missed and paid the penalty. 145-8-4. at 145, Hornby was stumped and Pilling came in.
123-126   123-127 123-127
Pilling then came in to the Lancashire "stonewaller," the latter putting Spofforth to leg for three; this was followed by a single to Pilling, and a draw for a couple also to him, when....   Pilling followed in to Barlow, the latter pulling Spofforth to leg for three. This was followed by a single to Pilling, and a draw for two, when Spofforth clean bowled him. 154-10(!)-3. Barlow made two or three very nice strokes, but Pilling, after scoring three, was beaten and bowled by Spofforth. Peate, as soon as he arrived.....
Spofforth clean bowled him; 154-10(!)-3. Peate came last, as before, four byes being at once scored, and....      
128   128-130 128
after a single the Yorkshireman drove Palmer to the off boundary for four.   Peate, as in the first innings, acted as whipper-in, and with Barlow played out time, the extras being increased by no less than 15 in the last four overs. In the early part of the afternoon the fielding of the Colonials had been brilliant in the extreme, but as it became evident that a draw would be the termination they fell off considerably, especially behind the wicket, no less than 18 byes being scored. cut Palmer very well for four. Then several extras (12 byes, 2 leg-byes, 1 no-ball) went to swell the total, and at 6.15 the match was drawn with the score at 180 for nine wickets.
The extras had then a fairly good go in, eleven being added in two overs, viz. 4 byes, 2 leg byes and a no-ball from Spofforth, and 4 byes from Palmer, while three singles and a couple had been scored by the batsmen in the same overs, and when the time for drawing arrived, Barlow and Peate were not out.      


(Article: Copyright © 2003 John Kobylecky)


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