Heathcote-Williams Shield
Palmerston North HS vs WBHS
Palmerston North, 1/2 February 1921


Palmerston North HS 546 ( Law 177, Hodder 117, Tovey 76, Leet 62, Hollier 56, Harrison 30, Craig 5-149, Howells 2-84, Scrimshaw 2-126 )
WBHS 274 ( Smyth 81, I. Hunter 62, Searle 38, Sumpter 34, Hodder 7-102, Harrison 3-75 ) & 111 ( Smyth 29, Harrison 4-58, Hodder 3-75 )
Win to Palmerston North HS by an innings and 161 runs
Scorecard for the match

After a very successful season in 1919-20, Waitaki Boys Rector Frank Milner decided to put in a challenge for the Heathcote Williams Shield, the then symbol of High School supremacy for cricket in New Zealand. From an edition published for the first term in 1921 of the school magazine the 'Waitakian' it states that there "existed so much confusion and un-certainty as to the place and date of playing that we left Oamaru for our homes the match was looked upon as practically abandoned". After some urgent planning done in January to play the match, attempts where then made to gather the schools 1st XI from all parts of New Zealand. Much praise must be said of those who managed to get together nine members of the first XI and two emergencies to Palmerston North in time for the match.

The Heathcote-Williams Shield was the symbol of supremacy for schools cricket. Presented for competition by the founding president of the New Zealand Cricket Council, Mr E.H. Williams in March 1908, it was first won by Christ College of Christchurch. When Waitaki Boys made their challenge in 1921, it was in the possession of the Palmerston North High School.

The following is taken from the Waitakian magazine published at the end of the first term in 1921. It is co-written by J G Darragh and D Sumpter:

This match commenced on February 1st at Palmerston North. Waitaki had the bad luck to lose the toss. The weather was showery throughout the first day, making the ball greasy.
Sollitt and Harrison opened to Craig and Darragh. Craig soon bowled Sollitt, but Harrison and Leet put up the runs steadily. Leet was he more spectacular. Harrison put his leg in front of Craig's and Leet, with his score at 62, hit one up to cover, and S Hunter made no mistake with the catch. Hodder and Hollier were hard to shift. Change of bowling availed little. Hodder ran no risks, but batted safely and scored freely all round the wicket. Smyth broke the partnership by smartly stumping Hollier. Hodder completed his century amid great applause but at 117 he was caught by I Hunter, off Howells. Law and Tovey ran up the runs in free style, the former notching 177 before being caught. He combined a desire to slog with the execution of some very fine strokes. He bore a charmed life, being missed no fewer than eight times. Tovey compiled 76 before being bowled. The innings closed for 546. Our ground fielding was satisfactory, but the catching was very faulty, the wet ball probably accounting for some of our weakness in this direction.
Smyth and Craig opened for Waitaki. Craig promised well, but before he got properly going, he was caught by Sollitt, of Harrison. Sumpter and Smyth made a good stand, playing soundly. Eventually Sumpter put one in the hands of point - his favourite method of going out. Hunter joined Symth and both scored freely. Smyth was scoring from powerful drives and hooks, while Hunter occasionally indulged in some good cutting. With his score at 81 Symth put his leg in front to Holder. He had played a fine innings. Hunter carried his score to 62, when he too went out l.b.w. Parkes shared a similar fate. Searle showed good cricket in compiling his 38, but holder then bowled him with a beautiful ball. Inglis (14 not out) was the only other batsman to reach doubles.
The good stand in the first innings gave hopes to saving an innings defeat, but our second effort realised only 111. It soon became evident that the wicket had ceased to be true, the ball coming on dangerously. Both Smyth and Hunter were caught in similar fashion off bumping balls. Smyth again made top score with 29. Hunter, Parkes and Scrimshaw each made 14 in careful fashion. Howells had a "go" at the bowling, but after rattling up 17 very quickly, he was stumped.
Hodder and Harrison bowled very steadily throughout both innings, and sent down some fine balls.
At the conclusion of the match Mr T R Hodder extended the thanks of the Palmerston North High School to the members of the visiting team, and congratulate them upon the good showing they had made against the local boys. Although they were not taking the Shield away with them, he said that they would have the satisfaction of knowing that they had put up the best score for a single innings which had been made against the P.N.H for 10 years, and also the exhibition of batting was one the best that had ever been seen on the ground. Mr Hodder then called for cheers for the Waitaki team, which were given with great enthusiasm.
Hunter, the Waitaki captain, suitably responded.
We left Palmerston with warm feelings in our hearts towards our hosts, for the excellent way they had treated us. We are indebted to Mr Hargreaves for the advice and help he gave during the trip.

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