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M.C.C. v. Leicestershire

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M.C.C. v. Leicestershire is a cricket score result published in Cricket; A Weekly Record of the Game on 23 may 1901.

First-class match. Arthur Conan Doyle's team (M.C.C.) won by 93 runs.


M.C.C. v. Leicestershire

Played at Lord's on May 16, 17 and 18. M.C.C. won by 93 runs.

REMARKABLE INNINGS BY MR. JESSOP.

But for a mistake in the field almost immediately after Mr. Jessop began his first innings, Leicestershire would, without much doubt, have won this match pretty easily. They had got rid of Dr. Grace and Alec Hearne for small scores, and found no difficulty in keeping everybody else very quiet, except Mr. Jessop, who, as so often before, upset all calculations. His innings, though remarkable enough, was not one of his best, which is not to say that it was a bad innings by any means. But he was missed when he had made 4, and also several other times during his innings, which, while it only lasted for an hour and three quarters, produced 169 runs; all the bowlers being unable to stop him from scoring rapidly. In twenty-five minutes he brought his score to 50, and and to a hundred in a hour. At certain periods of his innings he was even more than usually severe on the bowling, hitting King for four fours in succession, and making 27 in two overs of Woodcock's. His biggest hit was one over the entrance gate into St. John's Wood Road (the wickets were pitched low down), but he also made a very fine drive into the pavilion. His score included a six, a five, and twenty-six fours. Mr. Murdoch also played very sound cricket, but during his partnership with Mr. Jessop, spectators almost forget his existence, although he was playing a splendid game. At the close of the innings Leicestershire had lost five wickets for 163, so that they had none the worst of the game. Mr. De Trafford was not out 33, a total which he carried to 66 by most attractive cricket on Friday morning; his innings lasted an hour in all. The fine play of Geeson was extremely useful at the end of the innings, and Leicestershire had a lead of six. At this period of the match there seemed no probability that they would be beaten, but by the end of the day they had allowed the M.C.C. to obtain a lead of 294 — the M.C.C. second innings having just been completed. The feature of the innings was the play of Mr. Murdoch, who seemed to have as complete a mastery over the bowling as in the years when, as the Australian captain, he was regarded as the second best cricketer of the age. He was eventually bowled by Woodcock for a superb 93, the highest innings he has made for for about three years. For the second time in the match Mr. Jessop astonished the bowlers, and although the Leicestershire captain was reduced to the expedient of putting seven men in the country in order to pick up a catch, he managed to get the ball to the boundary eight times before be fell for 49 after thirty-six minutes batting. Leicestershire had the whole of Saturday before them in which to make 296, so that there was not any likelihood that the match would be drawn if the weather remained good. They played a fine up hill game, but Mr. Wood was the only man who ever got going.

M.C.C.

First innings.

  • W. G. Grace, b Woodcock ... 11
  • W. L. Murdoch, c Whiteside, b Wood ... 43
  • Hearne (A.), c and b King ... 2
  • G. L. Jessop, b Geeson ... 169
  • Thompson, b Woodcock ... 28
  • Trott (A. E.), c Knight, b Geeson ... 5
  • Board, b Geeson ... 19
  • A. M. Miller, c Crawford, b Woodcock ... 0
  • T.A.D. Bevington, b Geeeon ... 0
  • A. Conan Doyle, b Woodcock ... 1
  • Hearne (J. T.), not out ... 14
  • Byes ... 9
  • Total ... 301

Second innings.

  • W. G. Grace, b Woodcock ... 15
  • W. L. Murdoch, b Woodcock ... 93
  • Hearne (A.), c Whiteside, b Woodcock ... 0
  • G. L. Jessop, c Whitehead, b Geeson ... 49
  • Thompson, c Coe, b Wood ... 0
  • Trott (A. E.), b Woodcock ... 12
  • Board, run out ... 16
  • A. M. Miller, b Coe ... 36
  • T.A.D. Bevington, c Whitehead, b Woodcock ... 2
  • A. Conan Doyle, not out ... 32
  • Hearne (J. T.), c Whiteside, b King ... 30
  • B 7, lb 5, w 3 ... 15
  • Total ... 300

LEICESTERSHIRE.

First innings.

  • C. J. B. Wood, b Trott ... 29
  • Knight, b Grace ... 16
  • Pougher, c and b Thompson ... 36
  • Coe, c Trott, b Thompson ... 22
  • Whitehead, b Trott ... 0
  • King (J. H.), c A. Hearne, b Trott ... 3
  • C. E. de Trafford, b J. T. Hearne ... 66
  • Geeson, ht. wkt., b Grace ... 71
  • R. T. Crawford, c A., b J. Hearne ... 8
  • Woodcock, st Board, b J. Hearne ... 0
  • Whiteside, not out ... 17
  • B 19, lb 20 ... 39
  • Total ... 307

Second innings.

  • C. J. B. Wood, b Thompson ... 55
  • Knight, b Grace ... 20
  • Pougher, b Thompson ... 20
  • Coe, c A. Hearne, b Thompson ... 20
  • Whitehead, b Thompson ... 0
  • King (J. H.), b Grace ... 7
  • C. E. de Trafford, lbw, b Grace ... 13
  • Geeson, c Murdoch, b Grace ... 16
  • R. T. Crawford, c Thompson, b Grace ... 21
  • Woodcock, b Thompson ... 17
  • Whiteside, not out ... 7
  • B 2, lb 3 ... 5
  • Total ... 201


M.C.C.

First innings Second innings
O. M. R. W. O. M. R. W.
Woodcock 22 5 85 4 24 3 82 5
King 10 1 43 1 5.3 0 35 1
Coe 5 0 29 0 11 2 33 1
Wood 6 1 38 1 10 0 46 1
Geeson 10.4 0 72 4 13 1 81 1
Crawford 2 0 25 0

Geeson bowled two wides and King one.

LEICESTERSHIRE.

First innings Second innings
O. M. R. W. O. M. R. W.
Hearne (J. T.) 31 11 71 3 5 1 19 0
Grace 26.3 8 53 2 22 3 68 5
Trott 33 5 93 3 8 1 28 0
Thompson 17 5 51 2 12.1 1 60 5
Jessop 7 1 21 0





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