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North Otago vs Canterbury
Waitaki Boys Backfield, 19/20 February 1929


North Otago 158 ( L. Sumpter 49, C. Zimmerman 40, Findlay 5-48, Merritt 3-54, Cunningham 2-25 )
Canterbury 402-9 Declared ( P. Allen 98, C.M. Harris 62, W.R. Patrick 56, I.M. Hamilton 52, J.A. Newman 41, A.W. Roberts 29, J.L. Powell 29, Brown 4-19, Inder 2-91 )
Canterbury won by an innings and 163 runs
Scorecard for the match

Jack Newman

In between matches during the Plunket Shield series, a Canterbury side played North Otago in Oamaru. The side were making their way south for the game against Otago at Carisbrook in Dunedin. In its two home games for the season they had lost a four day match to Auckland in three days by 10 wickets, and had a drawn match against Wellington after the visiting side had scored 433-8 declared in their first innings. Despite the results the Canterbury side contained many talented cricketers. Jack Newman played for Hampshire in the English County Competition. For the county side he and AS Kennedy virtually comprised the entire entire Hampshire bowling. In two matches during their county careers they bowled unchanged in both innings during a match. He had taken a hatrick against the touring Australian team of 1909 and eight times took more than 100 wickets in a county season with a career best of 177 in 1921. He would later become a first class umpire in England before moving to South Africa where he coached for a number of years. Alby Roberts and Bill Merritt would be selected for the first Test of the 1930 Test series against England, New Zealand's first test matches and series. Roberts would play 5 test matches during his career and Bill Merritt would play 6 test matches. Bill Patrick played 74 first class matches, a huge amount in New Zealand during those days.
Cricket in North Otago during the 1920ties was enjoying a successful period.

Ronald McDonald

The decade had seen Waitaki Boy's High School challenge for the Heathcote Williams Shield and North Otago play a very strong New South Wales side. Minutes of the Union Cricket Club show the feeling of confidence that was building in North Otago, as it was put forward in one of the meetings that the North Otago Committee should write a letter of complaint to New Zealand Cricket after being not being awarded a match against the touring English. Of the team which played against Canterbury, was Carl Zimmerman, who had played six games for Otago including one against the Australian team of 1928. He would go on to play another three games for Otago with his last game against Auckland in 1929. Ronald McDonald was a prolific run scorer in club cricket for the Union Cricket Club, and during the season he had recorded a career high of 180 in a game against Oamaru. ED Brown had a good season as well scoring two club centuries with scores of 127 and 146 not out.
Canterbury in the match against Otago faired better than their other first class matches, but after a double century by Rodger Blunt (221) in Otago's second innings, found itself playing for time in its second innings. At the call for end of play they were 145 for 4, a drawn match.

Two articles appeared in the Oamaru Mail describing the match with the first a summary of the first days play, while the second about the rest of the match.
First Article:
A cold persistent Southerly detracted from the comfort of player and spectator alike at the School ground yesterday. The wicket was in perfect condition and faster than any the players on either side had seen this season, so it was not surprising that, on winning the toss North Otago took first use of the pitch, opening with Uttley and Sumpter to Newman, the English professional, who bowled into the wind and Cunningham. Uttley played a weak shot into the slips in Newman's first over, but thereafter batted with confidence until he was given out lbw to one from Cunningham, who was swinging the ball with speed and accuracy. Sumpter edged him several times over the heads of the slips, but he also played a number of good shots, including two boundaries behind point and cover drove off Cunningham and a well timed leg glance off Newman. When Uttley left the score was 33. Taylor followed and played several nice shots especially one which struck Bill Cunningham at point hard on the shin. Cunningham had his revenge with the fist ball of the next over for he bowled Taylor with the ball with even more venom than usual. Zimmerman and Sumpter carried on the scoring and Merritt took Cunningham's place while the left hander Findlay went on against the wind. Merritt struck a length at once and kept the batsmen very quiet. He was making much pace from the wicket and getting a lot of turn from both sides. Sumpter hooked him to the leg boundary off the last ball of his first over, bringing up seventy-five in the first hour. Zimmerman hit a fine straight six off Findlay's fourth over and in the same over Sumpter got a good three past third man. After Zimmerman had played a maiden from Merritt Sumpter dragged Findlay to the on for four, but in an effort to repeat the shot, was yorked. He played many good strokes and if at the opening he was occasionally streaky to Cunningham, he improved as the innings advanced. Carrington never looked like getting runs and was out to a weak shot to mid-on off the left hander. In Merritts sixth over Zimmerman took to him, straight driving him twice to the boundary and then turning him to leg for four, bringing up 100 in 85 minutes. Brown, when five, mis-hit a leg break from Merritt and was easily caught by Newman at slips. J Robertson was joined by Inder, but the latter had made only one when he left his ground, missed, and was stumped. Jones joined Robertson, but the partnership had not lasted long before the latter hit over a Yorker from Merritt and paid the penalty. Keith and Jones added 30 for the last wicket. The former hit three lusty drives, one off Merritt clearing the boundary, though he was not credited with the six. The innings came to a conclusion when Jones played all over a ball Findlay. The visitors bowling was all good and permitted few liberties. The downfall of most of the batsman came about through their desire to force runs off balls that were not forceable.
The Canterbury opening pair were Hamilton, a left-hander and Roberts. J Robertson bowled with the wind and Hamilton played his second delivery streakily just short of the slips. Then he glanced him to the leg boundary. Zimmerman bowled against the wind, and kept the batsman quiet. In Robertson's next over the left hander made a meal off the leg-balls and 20 showed. Zimmerman beat Roberts in his second over, but the ball turned just sufficiently to also beat the wickets and went for 4 byes. Keith relieved Robertson, and Roberts got two nice shots past point from his first over. Runs came quickly, and 50 appeared in 18 minutes. At 70, made in 33 minutes, Roberts hit Zimmerman hard to Uttley at mid-on, and was dropped. In the next over, however, he mis-hit Keith into the long field, where Sumpter, chasing the ball, held up by the wind made a very good catch. Roberts was not impressive. Allen was next, and he flicked a four behind the wicket off Inder, who had Zimmerman. On reaching 52, made chiefly by very powerful and well timed leg shots. Hamilton chopped a wide off-ball from Inder into his wicket. Harris, another left hander, succeeded him, and with Allen played out time.

Second Article:
The match was continued yesterday. The Canterbury innings after the dismissal of Allen and Harris was a very drab affair, relieved only by a correct, almost academic, knock by Patrick. Newman was sticky, and seemed satisfied for the most part to push the tired bowling for singles. This merely passive resistance bucked up the bowlers who improved the attack. Newman was caught behind off McDonald, and Patrick hit a full toss from Brown to Sumpter at mid-off, suspiciously as though he thought it time else had a hand. Neither Cunningham nor Burns appeared to appreciate the opportunity presented and as Findlay was absent, the innings closed for 402. North Otago's second innings was a procession except for a good innings by Uttley at the opening and a confident effort by McDonald, who looked good for the runs but was left lamenting.
The success of Brown as a bowler, practically in dismissing Allen, who had treated all the other bowlers almost cavalierly, demonstrated the value of a slow bowler in a side.
The catch at point with which J Robertson dismissed Powell was an excellent one.
Merritt bowled a remarkably accurate length in the second innings as in the first, and throughout the match did not throw down a really loose ball, while the pace he made off the wicket always kept the batsman busy. Newman was getting a good deal of turn out of the wicket on the second wicket in the second innings, and his length and kick seldom permitted any liberties.

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