M.C.C. and Ground v. London County (article 17 july 1902)
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
First-class match. Arthur Conan Doyle's team (M.C.C.) lost.
M.C.C. and Ground v. London County
Played at the Crystal Palace on July 14, 15 and 16.
London County won by an innings and 43 runs.
Although Braund was unable at the last moment to play for London County, the team, on paper, was decidedly stronger than that of the M.C.C. which contained the names of very few well-known cricketers. The M.C.C. has often put a stranger team in the field against a school. Nevertheless, against the weakened bowling of the London County team the Club gave a reasonably good account of itself; indeed a better account than could have been expected from the quality of the batsmen. King and Rawlin put on 60 in an hour for the second wicket, and Sir A. Conan Doyle and Geeson 82 in 80 minutes for the fifth. But all the batting of the M C.C. was dwarfed by that shown by C. J. B. Wood for the London County; he put on 73 out of 111 in an hour and a quarter by almost a different class of cricket. Beldam also played a very fine game. When stumps were drawn the County had scored 111 for the loss of two wickets, W. G. and Murdoch not having gone in. On Tuesday morning Wood and Poidevin took the bowling in charge and treated it without mercy, their partnership producing 179 runs in an hour and three quarters. Wood's splendid innings of 176 was put together in three hours and included twenty-six 4's. Poidevin was then joined by W. G. and once more the bowling was hit all over the field. This partnership accounted for 184 runs. Poidevin made his first hundred of the season in a big match, and showed what a fine bat he really is; he was run out after batting for three hours and three quarters. W. G. still went gaily on, and had the pleasure of making the two hundredth innings of a hundred of his career. He was only batting for two hours and a half for his splendid innings of 131. The M.C.C. were 333 runs behind, and by the end of the day had scored 68 for three wickets. Yesterday they made a fine effort to save the game, Rawlin, King and Geeson all being in great form, but they could only hold out until halt-past three.
M.C.C. AND GROUND.
- Rawlin, c Murdoch, b May ... 36
- Doll, lbw, b Grace ... 7
- King, lbw, b May ... 37
- Trott, c Beldam, b May ... 23
- Geeson, b Grace ... 44
- Doyle, st French, b Grace ... 43
- Abbott, c Walker, b May ... 1
- Whiteside, b May ... 2
- Watson, not out ... 20
- Perks, b Grace ... 11
- Ives, b May ... 7
- Extras ... 4
- Total ... 235
- Rawlin, not out ... 122
- Doll, st French, b May ... 0
- King, c May, b Odell ... 53
- Trott, b May ... 2
- Geeson, c Wood, b Odell ... 63
- Doyle, b Odell ... 0
- Abbott, c Poidevin, b Odell ... 19
- Whiteside, b Grace ... 0
- Watson, c French, b May ... 24
- Perks, b Odell ... 5
- Ives, b Odell ... 2
- Extras ... 0
- Total ... 290
- G. W. Beldam, c Perks, b Geeson ... 26
- C. J. B. Wood, st Whiteside, b Rawlin ... 176
- W. Smith, b Geeson ... 5
- L. O. S. Poidevin, run out ... 161
- W. G. Grace, b Trott ... 131
- W. L. Murdoch, c Doll, b Trott ... 3
- L. Walker, st Perks, b Trott ... 37
- J. Gilman, b Trott ... 17
- E. L. French, st Perks, b Trott ... 0
- W. W. Odell, st Perks, b Geeson ... 2
- P. R. May, not out ... 0
- B 2, lb 7, w 1 ... 10
- Total ... 568
M.C.C. AND GROUND.
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Geeson bowled a wide.