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Oamaru vs Auckland
Northern Ground, Oamaru, 27/28 November 1882


Oamaru 88 ( Snow 33no, Kneen 26, Buckland 8-35, Robinson 2-39 )
Auckland 232 ( Barton 65, O'Brien 35, Blair 33, Gill 31, Arneil 20, G. Millington 7-81, Walls 2-78 )
Win to Auckland by an innings and 45 runs.
Scorecard for the match

Ten months after a visit by a touring English team, Auckland took part in a 7 match tour of the South Island and Wellington. The tour contained four first class matches against Otago, Canterbury, Nelson and Wellington, and three local matches against the Oamaru C.C, Timaru and an Ashburton XV. It had been twenty years since Otago and Canterbury had played the very first, first class match. Auckland and Wellington made their debuts in 1873 playing each other at the Basin Reserve, while Nelson during from the early years of first class cricket took part in annual matches against Wellington. The New Zealand wars were starting to wind down, the number of colonists was around 500,000 in the colony and due to large stations and farms in the South Island, 1% of the population of the South Island owned 78% of the arable land.
The tourists first played Otago in Dunedin, which at the time was the largest town in New Zealand and its financial centre. The tourists making taking a comprehensive innings and 45 run victory, Barton scoring 76 in Auckland's innings. In total the Auckland would have the one loss (to Canterbury by 27 runs) in its tour.

The Auckland representative cricket team arrived in Oamaru yesterday by the express from Dunedin, and were met at the station by members of the Oamaru eleven. Having driven to the Royal Hotel in a drag, and having there lunched, the team proceeded in the same conveyance to the cricket ground. The weather was perfect, and the attendance of the public, towards the middle of the afternoon was fair. The afternoons play was of a mixed character. The fielding of the Auckland team decidedly weak ; while their batting, as far as had been yet shown, is remarkably good. The batting of the Oamaru eleven was in some instances disappointing, while their fielding, particularly during their first hour of it, was splendid ; Kneen distinguishing himself prominently. The Auckland team was captained by Robinson, and the home eleven were under the orders of G. Millington.
The Auckland captain won the toss and sent the home team in first. Sumpter and Kneen faced the bowling of Buckland and Arneil. Buckland started the bowling with a maiden copied by Arneil. In the next over Kneen cut Buckland away for two ; and Sumpter followed his example with a ball from Arneil. Kneen sent one of Buckland's into the slips for one, and Sumpter added another to the score in the same over. Kneen snicked the same bowler to leg to one. Another snick to leg added one to Kneen's score in the next over, and a maiden from Buckland followed. The second ball in the next over was sent to the off by Sumpter for 3 ; and Kneen scored 1 to the on. In the next over Kneen sent one to the slips for 1, and Sumpter scored 2 off the same bowler. Kneen drove Arneil for 2 and 4, and brought the score to 20. The same batsman added 1 to his score in the next over, and the next ball was sent by Sumpter into Lankham's hands at cover point, 1-8-21. Wallas took Sumpters place. Robinson now took the ball from Arneil, and Kneen sent him for two singles, and in the same over Walls skied one which was caught by the bowler. 2-0-24. Snow filled the vacancy. Kneen was then clean bowled by a shooter from Buckland. 3-16-24. Lawry now went to the wickets and started his score with a single of Buckland. A maiden from Robinson followed. Snow cut Buckland's second ball in the next over for 2, and Lawry scored another double by a lucky snick to leg of Robinson. Another single from the same batsman brought the score up to 30. Snow scored a 3 in the same over and added another to his score of Buckland. In Buckland's next over Snow scored a single and Lawry two doubles. Lawry sent another from the same bowler into the slips for one in his next over l and Snow raised the score to 40, in the same over. Lawry sent Buckland well along the carpet for 2, but was cleaned bowled by the same bowler's next ball. 4-11-42. McDonald took Lawry's place and was disposed of by Buckland's second ball. 5-0-42. J Millington filled the breach, and Snow sent Robinson away for 2 and a single in the next over. Millington sent the same bowler for a single ; and Snow followed suit. A leg bye in the next over brought the score up to 50 l when J Millington was Buckland, 6-1-50. J Marshall then took the willow, and sent Robinson to mid on for 2 in his next over. Snow scored another single off Buckland, and Marshall followed suit. Marshall added 2 to his score off the next over, and Snow scored another single. Marshall snicked one of Buckland's to square leg, which, by bad fielding, scored 2 and brought the score up to 60. Snow drove to the off for 3, and Marshalls bails were taken by the next ball. 7-7-63. D Hewat stepped into the breach, and was bowled by the last ball in a maiden from Buckland without scoring. 8-0-6, Hardy filled the vacancy. After a maiden over Snow added 2 to his score off Robinson and Hardy in the next over scored 2 off Buckland to the on, and cut the same bowler for a single. A single to Snow brought the total up to 70. Hardy was now clean bowled by Buckland. 9-3-70. G Millington took Hardy's place, and after a barren interval, scored 1 off Buckland in the slips. Snow sent Robinson to off for 3 in the next over, and cut Buckland to point for a double. Millington added 1 to his score in the next over. Snow sent Robinson to the off for 3, and brought the score up to 80. The same batsman stole a single in the next over. Lankham now took the ball from Robinson and bowled a maiden. Millington added a single to the score off Lankham's next over, and Snow scored 4 off the same bowler. Buckland's second ball in the next over took Millington's wicket, and the innings closed for a total of 88, Snow contributing 33 to the total, and carrying his bat after a careful innings.
After a short interval Barton and Testro went to the wickets for the visiting team, and met the bowling of G Millington and Walls. Testro sent Millington for a single, and Barton scored 2 off the same bowler. Walls bowled a maiden Barton scored a single off the first ball of the next over, and two was added to the visitor's score by the same batsman. Testro scored 3 of Millington, and a single by Barton made 10 for the Auckland men. Barton scored a double in next over, and a maiden from Millington followed. Testro was caught by Sumpter at the wicket, off Wall's first ball in the next over (1-4-13) ; and his place was taken by Arneil, who sent Wall's last ball in the same over to slips for a single, and sent Millington to leg for 3. Walls; first ball in the next over was sent for 2 to the on by the same batsman, who scored another single in the same over. Barton scored two off the next ball, and the score stood at 22. In the next over Arneil scored two singles, and Barton 1. A maiden from Walls followed. Barton sent Millington to leg for 2, and to the mid-off for 3 in the next over, and Arneil followed with a single. The same batsman sent Walls to the slips for 3 (30 up), and sent Millington to leg for a double twice, and for a single in the next over. Walls was sent for two by Arneil in the next over, and took his revenge and the batsman's wicket with the following ball. 2-20-41. Yates filled the breach. Hardy took the ball from Millington, and was sent to the off by Barton for a double twice. One to the same batsman, and a single by Yates were scored in the next over. Yates cut Walls for a single. Hewat took Hardy's place and his first ball was sent for 1 by Yates - 50 up. Barton sent Walls to long-on for 2, and Hewat then bowled a maiden. Barton sent Walls again for a double, and a single, and 60 went up. Yates was then caught by Sumpter off Hewat (3-5-60), and Blair went in. Singles and doubles now followed in quick succession during this partnership off frequent changes of bowling, until the century was reached. The pair played steadily till 110, 120, and 130 was reached, when Millington clean bowled Barton with a shooter. 4-65-133. Robinson (captain) took Barton's place, and commenced his innings by sending Millington to on for 2. Runs came in quick succession, a 4 by Blair bringing the score to 140 ; soon after which that was batsman was caught by Marshall at square leg off Millington. 5-33-141. O'Brien took Blair's place, and Robinson was caught at mid on by Walls off the same bowler. 6-2-141. Gardner filled the breach, and snicked the same bowler for one, and time was called ; the visitors having scored 142 for the loss of 6 wickets.

The Second Report:

Play was resumed yesterday shortly before one o'clock, when Gardner and O'Brien continued their innings. The afternoon was rather hot, but the weather was otherwise unexceptionable. The wicket was rather bumpy and treacherous.
Gardner took the first ball from Walls, who opened with a maiden. G Millington took the over at the other end, and Gardner scored a single off his first ball, Marshall kept the wickets. In the next over Gardner sent Walls into the slips for a double, and cut him for a single. O'Brien scored a single to leg in the next over, and sent Walls to leg for 2 - 150 up. In the next over Gardner scored a single to leg ; the same batsman drove Walls to long on for a double in the following over. O'Brien scored 1 from Millington to cover point, where Kneen saved a double ; and another single was added to the score by the same batsman in Wall's next over. A maiden from Millington followed. Gardner skied one from Walls to the off and secured a single and O'Brien sent the same bowler to leg for 3. O'Brien got a lucky single to leg off Millington, and 160 went up ; and Gardner sent the same bowler into the slips for a couple ; and the last in the over took Gardner's wicket. 7-11-163. Buckland took Gardner's place and Hardy, relieving Walls, bowled a maiden. Millington's third ball in the next over took the newcomer's wicket. 8-0-163. Gills went to the vacant wicket, and Millington finished with a maiden. Hardy's first ball in the next over was sent well to leg for 4 by O'Brien. Gill snicked Millington to leg for a couple and a single in the next over, and 170 went up. The same batsman skied Hardy to long leg for a couple, and put the same bowler quietly past point for a single. Gill drove Millington straight to the fence for 3 (180 up) and single to each of the batsman was scored off the same over. Hewat was now put on in Hardy's place, and a splendid chance of a catch of his second ball was thrown away by the apparent apathy of third man. Gills scored a single in the same over, and added another to his score off Millington's first ball in the next over. O'Brien sent the same bowler to square leg for a single, and Gill sent him to long off for a trio. Hill spoiled a maiden by Hewat by sending his last ball to the off for a single ; and the same batsman drove Millington to long on for 3 -190 up. O'Brien stole a single to leg in the same over and Gill sent the same bowler to leg for two. Hewat bowled a maiden, and Walls relieved Millington, his first ball being driven off along the carpet by Gill for 3. O'Brien placed the same bowler to slips for a single, and Gill scored two doubles of the same over, and the second century was announced on the telegraph board. A single to Gill finished the over. In the next over Gill scored another double, and O'Brien sent Hewat to leg for 3. Millington resumed bowling and his ball was sent to leg by O'Brien ; his second ball however, was sent rather high to the off by Gill, where it was held splendidly by Kneen, who had a smart run to get at it. 9-31-208. Lankham took the vacant wicket, and O'Brien scored another single in the same over. Walls relieved Hewat and was by O'Brien for a single (210 up), and sent to leg for 1 by Lankham, and to square leg by O'Brien for a single. In Millington's next over O'Brien added one to his score, and Lankham snicked one to leg for a single. Lankham sent Walls to leg for a single in the next over, and cut Millington for another one, O'Brien scoring a single off the same bowler. In the next over O'Brien scored a single in the slips, and Lankham scored two in the same direction. In the next over each batsman scored singles (220 up). In Walls next over, Lankham scored a single, and O'Brien drover one along the ground to the on for a double, and sent another over point's head for another couple, and put the last ball in the over to leg for another double. After another single by Lankham, O'Brien stepped out to one of Millington's and, missing it, was stumped by Marshall, the innings closing for a total of 232, O'Brien contributing a careful 35. The batting of the Auckland men was good all round, but they had some very loose bowling to negotiate and the fielding of the Oamaru men was hardly so good yesterday as on the previous day. Kneen deserves a lot of credit for his smart fielding ; his brilliant catch was a piece of splendid play.
The home team now had 144 to make to save a one innings defeat, and the wicket having been rolled, Walls and Snow went to the wickets to meet the bowling of Buckland and Lankham. Walls took the first over from Buckland, and two byes opened the score, Lankham's first ball was sent to mid on by Snow for a single, and Walls hit the same bowler to leg for a single. Walls sent Buckland to long slip for a double, but was cleaned bowled in the same over. 1-3-6. Sumpter stood in the breach and in the next over Snow snicked a single to leg off Lankham, and Sumpter sent the same bowler into the slips for another. A maiden from Buckland followed copied by Lankham. A double sent to the off by Snow off Buckland sent 10 up. After a maiden from Lankham, Snow scored 1 off Buckland by an overthrow. Snow drove one from Lankham well down to long-off for 3 and a bye was secured in the same over. Sumpter sent one of Bucklands to the slips for a single, and Snow placed the same bowler to the off for a couple. In the next over Sumpter was bowled by Lankham, 2-2-19. Kneen filled the vacancy ; Snow put Buckland smartly past point for a double, but was unfortunately caught in the slips by Buckland off the next ball. 3-2-23. Lawry took Kneen's place, and in the next over Snow was clean bowled by a shooter from Buckland. 4-12-23. J Millington went to the wickets. Lawry stole a single off Lankham to leg, and sent Buckland to mid-on for 1, and Millington cut the same bowler to cover point for a single. The same batsman scored 1 off the first ball in the next over, and sent Buckland to long-on for a double, and to long-off for another couple -30 up. Lawry drover Lankham well to long-off for 4 in the next over, and Millington and Lawry each added a single to the score, off Buckland. A double by Lawry off the same bowler's next over sent the score up to 40, and the same batsman scored a single in the same over, and another single of Lankham, Millington following suit. Singles and doubles were frequent during this partnership ; each batsman defending his wicket well and scoring on every opportunity. Barton taking Buckland's place with the ball was sent for a single by Lawry, when Millington sent one from the same bowler high up to long on, where it was held by Gardner. 5-9-49. Marshall now went in and opened his score with a single of Lankham, Lawry following suit - 50 up. Marshall sent Barton away to mid on for a double, but skying the same into bowler into his hands had to retire. 6-3-53. G Millington took Marshall's place and made a single of Lankham. Lawry scored another single, and Millington was cleaned bowled in the same over. 7-1-55. McDonald filled the breach. Lawry continued to augment his score by a series of singles and doubles. Barton now started slows(?) and McDonald scored a double of his first but was caught by Blair at cover point on the second. 1-2-61. Hewat went to the wickets and the next addition to the score was a double off Lawry's bat, Hewat scoring a single in the same over. Lawry now sent a ball from Lankham into the bowler's hands and retired after contributing a well-played 22 to the score. 9-22-64. Cox went in as substitute for Hardy, and sent Barton to leg for a single. Hewat sent the same bowler for a single to the one, and was clean bowled by Lankham's third ball in the next over, the innings closing for a total of 67. The Auckland men thus won the match by one innings and 77 runs.

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