Town vs Country
Town vs Country
North Road Ground, Oamaru, 30 November 1889


Town 85 ( Walls 39, Fish 25, Macdonald 3-17, Millington 2-23, Fisher 2-26 ) & 66 ( McDonald 25, Fisher 5-11, McDonald 3-15 )
Country 137 ( O. Borton 65no, J. Borton 39, Walls 10-43 ) & 17-1 ( )
Win to Country by 9 wickets
Scorecard for the match

One year after the formation of the first cricket club in the North Otago region, there started what was to become an annual fixture of Town Vs. Country. For the record Country won this first encounter by 31 runs with team scores of 62 and 38 to 55 and 14. In following years the Country team would alternate between being called Country and the Waitaki XI. This was only a year after the authorisation of 'Overhand Bowling' and the creation of the Middlesex County Club and Lancashire County Club in England. Over the years the country population would keep up with the population of Oamaru and the fixture would continue until 1897.

By the time of the Town Vs. Country match in 1889 at least one club in the country area would be formed (Maheno 1876). The results had been fairly evenly matched up this point between the two teams. The previous meeting on the 2nd of January 1889 saw Town win by 35 runs in the first innings when at the close of play they were 22/2, 24 runs short of an outright victory. The 1889 match would prove to be the most memorable in the whole Town vs. Country era as for the first time in North Otago Cricket a bowler took all ten wickets in an innings. Below is the article that appeared in the North Otago Times. Oddly for such a momentous feat, Walls with his ten wicket bag, is hardly mentioned in the article.

The North Otago Times in its edition dated Monday the 2nd of December 1889, published the following report on the match:
The annual cricket match between the Town and Country was played on the North Road ground on Saturday last, and resulted in a decisive victory for the Country by nine wickets. The Town went in first and made 85, the principal contributors to which were Walls and Fish, the latter showing by far the best cricket. Francis also played well for his 11 runs. The Country then went in and made the respectable score of 137, chiefly owing to the careful and brilliant display of the Borton Brothers and Millington. The best innings of the day was played by J. Borton, who, though, not top scorer, played a faultless game, and showed that he has the making of one of the best bats the club has had. O. Borton also played well and freely for 65 (not out), this being the second time this season that he has made over 50 runs in on innings, carrying his bat both times. The second innings of the Town only produced 66, leaving the Country 14 runs to get to win, which they did for the loss one wicket. During the afternoon several ladies graciously supplied afternoon tea, but unfortunately very few of the fair sex visited the ground, which is to be sincerely regretted.

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