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North Otago vs West Indians
Waitaki Boys High School Backfield, Oamaru, 8 February 1956


North Otago 108 ( D. Malloch 36, J.R. Reid 28, H. Balk 24, Dewdney 7-35, Sobers 2-18 )
West Indians 282-7 ( B.H. Pairiaudeau 63, C.C. Depeiaza 60, A.P. Binns 57, G.S. Sobers 35, O.G. Smith 23, J.D.C. Goddard 21no, Hannam 4-57 )
First innings win to West Indians
Scorecard for the match

In 1955-56 the West Indies arrived in New Zealand for a four test match series against the New Zealand side. However the tour will be long remembered in the North Otago cricketing community for when they visited Waitaki Boys High School and played the North Otago team on the backfield. The West Indies side contained nine of the players who played the first test match of the tour which started eight days earlier, a four day match finished in three days and resulted in a comprehensive win to the touring side by an innings and 71 runs. They would win the series by 3-1 but this series would become famous in New Zealand cricketing folklore as New Zealand in 26 years and 48 matches of trying would have their first ever test match win in the last match of the series, so it can be said that perhaps North Otago ' softened them up'. The side contained such famous names as Alf Valentine, Dennis Atkinson, John Goddard and the greatest player of his era Sir Garfield Sobers. North Otago had its very own star as well with then New Zealand captain John R. Reid making his debut for North Otago as captain.

Unfortunately over the years soil erosion has seen the backfield cricket ground slowly disappear, with cricket at the school now being played on Milner Park and Don Field.

The North Otago team was listed in the booklet as follows (John Reid is listed as playing in Wellington although at the time of the match he was playing for the Oamaru Cricket Club):

John R. Reid ( Wellington) Born at Auckland on June 3, 1928. Aggressive right hand batsman and medium pace right arm bowler. Brilliant fieldsman. Now living in Oamaru. It is expected that we will see more of this fine cricketer during next season. He was selected from Wellington for the Pakistan-Indian tour after a successful season as captain of the winning Plunket Shield team. A determined player in all departments of the game, he must be considered as one of the best all-rounders playing at present. With Sutcliffe he was the mainstay of our batting on the recent tour and will no doubt be a valuable member of the New Zealand teams for several seasons more. His aggregate in first class cricket is near 7,000 runs and it seams he will soon be next to B. Sutcliffe as the most prolific scorer for New Zealand. His bowling against the M.C.C. at Carisbrook last year when he took 4 for 36 from 27 over's will be remembered by all who witnessed it. First appearance for North Otago since his arrival in Oamaru last winter. Captain of the North Otago team.

 

T. Neave (Waitaki Sub-Association) Able captain of the North Otago eleven during the present season. Right hand batsman and useful spin bowler. Has represented North Otago for the past four seasons.

I. Geddes ( Albion) Wicket-keeper and attractive right hand batsman. Has been North Otago's chief scorer since he first gained representative honours in the 1948-49 season. Has played in Otago Brabin Shield team, and for the past two seasons has been a Plunket Shield trialist.

J. Watson (Waitaki Sub-Association) Right hand batsman and medium pace bowler. Represented North Otago some seasons ago, and after a spell from the game, has once again been selected this season.

D. Malloch (Waihemo Sub-Association) Right hand batsman who has been a consistent scorer for the Waihemo Sub-Association. One of the most promising batsman in the North Otago team.

R. Malloch (Waihemo Sub-Association) Left hand batsman and useful spin bowler

A. Wallace (Albion) Right hand batsman who has played most of his cricket in Australia. Was a member of the North Otago team last season.

H. Balk (Albion) Right hand batsman and slow bowler, who has represented North Otago for the past five seasons.

K. Murray ( Albion) Right hand off-spin bowler and useful batsman. Has represented North Otago for the past two seasons.

R. Bean (Oamaru) Right hand batsman who is representing North Otago for the second season.

M. Collings (Union) Medium pace right hand bowler. Has been a North Otago representive for the past four seasons.

B. Carleton (Albion) Right hand batsman who first represented North Otago in 1949-50 season. Has since represented South Canterbury until his return to Oamaru this season. Played two good innings for South Canterbury against the touring Fijian team.

M. Sandri ( Albion) Medium pace right hand bowler. Has represented North Otago during the past five seasons. Played for Otago Brabin Shield team.

J. Brown (Waihemo Sub-Association) Right hand batsman and useful right hand bowler.

R. Hannam (Oamaru) A recent arrival from Cromwell. Right hand leg-break bowler and left handed batsman.


North Otago Squad 1955-56
Back Row :~ B Cartelton, D Malloch, H Balk, J Watson, J Brown, M Sandri, M Collings
Front Row :~ R Malloch, K Murray, T Neave, A Wallace, I Geddes
Inset :~ J Reid

The following is the match report presented in the Oamaru Mail on the 9th of February 1956 under the title "West Indies Give Bright Display In Game Against North Otago"

The West Indies cricket team yesterday scored 282 runs in 162 minutes for the loss of seven wickets to win its game against North Otago played on the Waitaki Boy's High School Ground. North Otago made 108 in the first innings.
After a rather drastic start in which R Bean was dismissed in the first over if the day North Otago consolidated its position and at lunch was three down for 84. Unfortunately, just when it appeared that the batsmen should hit out at the bowlers they retired into a shell with disastrous results. Dewdney and Sobers soon accounted for the remainder of the team, many of whom did not make a shot at the ball. D Malloch, who compiled 36, showed extreme concentration and patience.
The West Indies batsmen opened briskly, but then settled down to accurate bowling by Reid and Collings. The later bowled steadily before the afternoon tea adjournment and mixed his deliveries well.
R Hannam was the hero of the North Otago bowlers. He secured the wickets of G Sobers, B Pairaudeau, D Atkinson and 'Collie' Smith. In addition A Roberts was run out during an over by Hannam. Other North Otago bowlers proved expensive against batsmen who were prepared to hit everything possible.
Although there were few blemishes, the North Otago fielding was surprisingly good and they stood up to the hard hitting well. The two run outs where just rewards for good fielding. Players who stood out in this sphere were R Hannam and J Reid.
The West Indies batsmen were a treat to watch. B Pairaudeau and A Roberts were the graceful stroke-makers; Collie Smith the forceful, youthful batsman, quick to run between wickets; Aley Binns, G Sobers and C Depieza the hard hitters with the perfect action, willing to chance their arms. Binn's over in which he scored two fours and two sixes and then was caught out on the final ball was one of the highlights of the match. D Atkinson and J Goddard also batted solidly without being spectacular.
There was a big attendance at the ground, although the majority appeared to be school pupils. Nevertheless, the gate money amounted to £160 so that with honorary members and pupils included the crowd was approximately 2000.
So interested was the crowd that no one moved until Depeiza was run out two minutes before the game was due to end. He had certainly given them bright cricket for he scored his half century in 28 minutes.
Messrs G Geddes and J Maddigan were the umpires.
Murray Expensive
K Murrays second over after afternoon tea was particularly expensive, 17 runs coming from the bat and two byes. Binns hit two sixes and a four. The sixes he on-drove hard and high to land close to the southern sight screen.
Murrays next over thrilled the large crowd. Binns hit him for a four, was dropped close to the boundary on the next ball, then scored a six, a four, and a six with the next three balls. On the final ball of the over he again chanced his arm but a high ball was taken by J Reid. Incidentally Binns brought up his 50 up during the over. Sobers was the incoming batsman. Binns was at the crease for 58 minutes to score 57 runs, including five fours and four sixes. The opening partnership had been worth 89.
Although Binns had delighted the crowd with his hard hitting, Pairadeau was the complete stroke maker, who played every ball on its merits. Some of the leg glances were a joy to watch. The hundred came up in 71 minutes when a ball from Watson beat the batsman and went through to the boundary for four byes. Pairadeau was on 36. North Otago's total was passed when Pairadeau pulled Watson to leg for another boundary.
Sobers Gives Two Chances
Sobers had a chance when a good ball from Watson got up and Collings dropped a hard chance backward of square leg. Earlier Sobers had been dropped at fine leg of Reid's bowling when on two. Pairadeau hit Watson for six to bring up his 50 in 104 minutes and with the next ball he again drove it hard and high for another boundary. West Indies score was 150 in 106 minutes.
Sobers was out for 35 when he was well caught by Watson at wide mid-on of the bowling of Hannam.
It was Hannam's first over and his figures were one for five. Sobers hit seven fours and his innings lasted 50 minutes.
Collie Smith was the new batsman. He opened his account with a four of Watson. Shortly afterwards he gave a hard chance high up, which Reid, backward of square, just failed to hold on. Pairadeau danced down the wicket to Hannam, was completely beaten and in an instant Geddes had the bails off. Three down for 167. Hannam's figures read two for six. Pairadeau scored 63, including five fours and two sixes.
Atkinson joined Smith.
Atkinson opened his shoulders to a ball from Hannam, failed to time it right and skied a high one to Reid at long-on. Reid made no mistake. The score was 189 with Atkinson's contribution 6. Hannam's bowling figures read three for 12.
It was now Hannam's game and when he beat Collie Smith to spread-eagle the wickets the crowd showed its appreciation. Hannam's figures were four for 13. Collie Smith scored 23, including four fours. The score was 194.
Depeiza In Form
Roberts and Depeiza carried the score along until a smart piece of fielding by B Carleton and a perfect return to Geddes found the bails off and Roberts well out of his ground. The wicket fell with the score on 202.
Depeiza was hitting anything loose and his 50 came up with a boundary - 28 minutes for the half century.
The game ended when Reid came on for the last spell. Depeiza and Goodall tried a quick run but a smart return saw Depeiza well out of his ground.
The crowd, which stayed till the last ball was bowled, showed its appreciation for an entertaining day's cricket.

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