Berkshire v Wiltshire
Minor Counties Championship 1897
VenueCounty Ground, Kensington Road, Reading on 4th, 5th August 1897 (2-day match)
Balls per over5
TossBerkshire won the toss and decided to bat
ResultBerkshire won by 63 runs
PointsBerkshire 1; Wiltshire -1
UmpiresW Haggard, J Relf
Close of play day 1Wiltshire (1) 140/8 (Snell 23*)

Berkshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
LGA Collinsrun out34     
A Daffenb Miller12     
FM Ingramc Smart b Miller0     
RA Williamsb Miller1     
FE Chapmanb Miller0     
LP Collinsc Chivers b Miller6     
CEMY Nepeanc Goudge b Overton29     
HFM Morresb Smart51     
*ACM Croomerun out42     
+MJ Dauglishb Eldridge0     
W Barkernot out3     
Total(all out, 54.3 overs)204
Fall of wickets:
1-16, 2-22, 3-22, 4-32, 5-91, 6-97, 7-108, 8-178, 9-198, 10-204 (54.3 ov)
Wiltshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Miller22   3825--
Overton12   5311--
Eldridge10   4211--
Awdry5   0230--

Wiltshire first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
AEJ Chiversc Morres b Croome0     
CE Ashfieldc and b Croome7     
JE Stevensc Dauglish b Croome9     
OG Radcliffec Barker b Daffen63     
CS Awdryc Dauglish b Barker2     
WH Goudgec Croome b Barker21     
*AM Millerb LGA Collins1     
HS Snellb Barker23     
W Overtonc LGA Collins b Daffen7     
+T Smartc Nepean b Croome7     
AG Eldridgenot out3     
Total(all out, 62 overs)150
Fall of wickets:
1-7, 2-18, 3-25, 4-28, 5-70, 6-81, 7-125, 8-140, 9-142, 10-150 (62 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barker27   15263--
Croome19   3584--
Williams5   0230--
LGA Collins3   2101--
Morres4   0120--
Daffen4   1142--

Berkshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
LGA Collinslbw b Eldridge24     
A Daffenb Eldridge5     
FM Ingramlbw b Eldridge15     
HFM Morresc Awdry b Eldridge18     
FE Chapmanb Eldridge5     
LP Collinsb Eldridge18     
CEMY Nepeanc Goudge b Miller10     
RA Williamslbw b Eldridge4     
*ACM Croomec Goudge b Miller12     
+MJ Dauglishb Miller11     
W Barkernot out2     
Total(all out, 42.4 overs)144
Fall of wickets:
1-12, 2-45, 3-48, 4-54, 5-88, 6-110, 7-114, 8-114, 9-137, 10-144 (42.4 ov)
Wiltshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Eldridge21   5587--
Overton6   0140--
Smart4   0150--

Wiltshire second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
*AM Millerc Croome b Barker30     
OG Radcliffec Ingram b Croome0     
+T Smartc Dauglish b Barker15     
JE Stevensst Dauglish b LGA Collins13     
CE Ashfieldc Williams b Barker5     
AEJ Chiversb LGA Collins1     
WH Goudgenot out30     
CS Awdryb Daffen21     
HS Snellc Morres b Daffen8     
W Overtonb Daffen0     
AG Eldridgelbw b Daffen2     
Total(all out, 43.2 overs)135
Fall of wickets:
1-2, 2-38, 3-?, 4-63, 5-68, 6-75, 7-109, 8-125, 9-125, 10-135 (43.2 ov)
Berkshire bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Barker19   7523--
Croome10   2471--
LGA Collins9   4172--

--> AEJ Chivers made his debut in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> HFM Morres (1) passed his previous highest score of 35 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> OG Radcliffe (1) passed 500 runs in Minor Counties Championship matches when he reached 48
--> LP Collins (2) passed his previous highest score of 10 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> CS Awdry (2) passed his previous highest score of 18 in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> RA Williams made his debut for Berkshire in Minor Counties Championship matches
--> ACM Croome reached 50 wickets in Minor Counties Championship matches when taking his 2nd wicket in the Wiltshire first innings
--> AG Eldridge achieved his best innings bowling analysis in Minor Counties Championship matches in the Berkshire second innings (previous best was 5-61)
--> A Daffen achieved his best innings bowling analysis in Minor Counties Championship matches in the Wiltshire second innings (previous best was 3-14)

This card comes from the Minor Counties Research Project
Berkshire completed their victory at 4.30 pm on the second day. For the winners, Morres top-scored with 51. In the Berkshire first innings Morres and Croome put on 70 runs for the eighth wicket. For Wiltshire, Radcliffe's 63 included 9 fours. Miller kept wicket for Wiltshire when Smart bowled. R A Williams was making his debut for Berkshire in this match. It was his third Championship team in three years. He had previously played for Buckinghamshire in 1895 and Oxfordshire in 1896.
[Missing: Extras breakdown; in Berkshire 1st inns boundaries in Morres's 51; in Wiltshire 2nd inns fall of third wicket.]
Sources: Berkshire Chronicle 7 August; Reading Mercury 7 August; Reading Observer 7 August; Reading Standard 6 August; Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette 12 August; Wiltshire Times 7 August; The Sportsman 5,6 August.





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