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M.C.C. and Ground v. London County

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M.C.C. and Ground v. London County is a cricket score result published in Cricket; A Weekly Record of the Game on 30 august 1900.

First-class match. Arthur Conan Doyle's team (M.C.C.) won by 2 wickets.

Conan Doyle wrote an article about this match : W. G. Grace: A Memory.


M.C.C. and Ground v. London County

Cricket; A Weekly Record of the Game (30 august 1900, p. 374)

Played at the Crystal Palace on Aug. 23, 24 & 25. M.C.C. won by two wickets.

In this match, which, owing to the bad weather on Thursday, was begun on Friday, W. Attewell, the famous old Notts bowler, made his first appearance in first-class cricket this season on the side of the M.C.C. The Rev. E. Pereira, who played for Warwickshire some time ago, was also one of the M.C.C. team. The feature of the match was the batting of W.G. in the second innings. He had no very great bowlers against him, it is true, but the wicket was not perfect owing to the wet, and only a very fine batsman could have made runs as he did. He made his runs in two hours and three-quarters, and at times he hit with an astonishing vigour. When his side had made 183 for five wickets he declared, leaving the M.C.C. to make 187 in two hours and three-quarters on a queer wicket. There did not seem much chance that the runs would be made, but a shower at a most convenient time for the M.C.C. brought about a great change in the conditions under which the game was being played, and with a wet ball the London County bowlers could do very little. It was a near thing, for when only three-quarters of an hour remained for play the M.C.C. still required 65 runs, and as it was the game would have been drawn under ordinary circumstances, for the runs had not been made when time was up. But the game was in such an interesting position, for the County were just as likely to get the remaining two wickets as the Club to get the runs, that the two captains agreed to finish the game.

LONDON COUNTY.

First innings.

  • W. G. Grace, lbw, b Cranfield ... 22
  • Quaife (W.G.), b Thompson ... 0
  • W. L. Murdoch, b Thompson ... 34
  • Braund, c Tindall, b Thompson ... 23
  • Lilley, b Cranfleld ... 7
  • W. G. Grace, jun., lbw, b Cranfield ... 9
  • E. H. S. Berridge, c Storer, b Cranfield ... 0
  • J. Gilman, not out ... 12
  • N. S. A. Harrison, c Handford, b Cranfield ... 18
  • C. B. Grace, c Storer, b Thompson ... 0
  • Field, b Cranfield ... 6
  • B 5, lb 2 ... 7
  • Total ... 138

Second innings.

  • W. G. Grace, c Storer, b Doyle ... 110
  • Quaife (W.G.), b Cranfield ... 5
  • Braund, not out ... 2
  • Lilley, b Thompson ... 13
  • W. G. Grace, jun., c Pereira, b Cranfield ... 10
  • J. Gilman, c Pereira, b Cranfield ... 36
  • B 6, lb 1 ... 7
  • Total (5 wkts) ... 183 *

(*) Innings declared closed.

M. C. C.

First innings.

  • S. M. Tindall, lbw, b Braund ... 1
  • Attewell (W.), run out ... 15
  • Thompson, b Field ... 15
  • Storer, c Harrison, b Grace, sen. ... 38
  • H. G. Hill, c Lilley, b Braund ... 29
  • Rev. E. Pereira, c Grace, jun, b Braund ... 7
  • H. J. Wyld, b Braund ... 18
  • A. Conan Doyle, c Lilley, b Field ... 4
  • E. Rodriguez, b Braund ... 0
  • Handford, b Braund ... 5
  • Cranfield, not out ... 0
  • B 1, lb 2 ... 3
  • Total ... 135

Second innings.

  • S. M. Tindall, c Lilley, b Field ... 48
  • Attewell (W.), c Quaife, b Braund ... 9
  • Thompson, c Braund, b Field ... 14
  • Storer, c Lilley, b Field ... 5
  • H. G. Hill, b Field ... 54
  • Rev. E. Pereira, lbw, b Braund ... 29
  • H. J. Wyld, b Field ... 0
  • A. Conan Doyle, c Gilman, b Braund ... 0
  • E. Rodriguez, not out ... 1
  • Handford, not out ... 24
  • Leg-byes ... 6
  • Total (8 wkts) ... 190

LONDON COUNTY.

First innings Second innings
O. M. R. W. O. M. R. W.
Thompson 21 5 51 4 19 6 35 1
Cranfield 20.2 0 80 6 21 4 76 6
Handford 8 3 20 0
Storer 8 0 41 0
Doyle 2.1 1 4 1

Thompson delivered a no-ball.

M.C.C.

First innings Second innings
O. M. R. W. O. M. R. W.
Field 19.5 1 68 2 24 2 110 5
Braund 23 8 56 6 23.2 4 74 3
Grace, sen. 4 1 8 1





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