Salient.The Newspaper of Victoria University College. Vol. 19, No. 4. April 6, 1955
Don't Be Selfish.. — Let Otago Have — Cricket
Don't Be Selfish..
Let Otago Have
This year's team should do well both on and off the field. Most of the players have represented VUC before, and some have played cricket. Here they are:—
Jim Thompson: A left-hand slow spin (?) bowler of infinite subtlety and guile, widely recognised as the bowler most batsmen would like to face; also a forcing right-hand batsman regarded as the batsman most bowlers would like to bowl against. A former Plunket Shield player, scored 400 runs and captured 34 astonished batsmen in senior cricket this season. Noted cabaret performer and talented musician.
Barry Kerr: A forcing but who did well in Tournament last year, but has devoted much time this season to encouraging flagging bowlers. Has looked like being in form for some time without producing results.
Dick Barry: A promising left-hand opening bat who has represented Wanganul in Hawke Cup cricket, top-scorer against Otago last year. Labours under the impression he can bowl—regrettably not shared by others in the team.
Lou Cornish: Sound opening bat who scored over 300 runs in senior cricket this season. Topped bowling averages by burgling four wickets at nominal cost. Butter-fingered slip fieldsman who accepted an estimated one chance in eight but who retained position in slips owing to sparkling repartee.
Mo McEwan: Slow medium bowler, captured only ten wickets in senior cricket this season, but suffered from lack of opportunity a great deal. Perpetrated enormous hoax by posing as number six batsman in the senior XI all season. Has some very fine shots, but prefers to keep them for opposing bowlers at Eastet—we hope. Easy to entertain.
John Martin: Promising slow spin bowler, whose career, like Traeman's was interrupted this season by military training. Unlike Trueman will be asked to tour again in spite of past record.
Ken Phillips: Ageing, balding, slowing up. Ensnared 32 senior batsmen this season with the same old assortment of long hops. Like Wilfred Rhodes, wishes to forsake bowling and fight his way up the batting list from number eleven, but cannot gain sympathetic hearing from numbers one to ten. Is frequently libelled about his fielding.
Doug. Lang (Massey): Tall, handsome and red-haired; in the team for solid batting, good looks and erstwhile wicket-keeping.
Bob Harrison: Not in the team for his looks or his batting, so the only reason must be his wicket-keeping which is a dubious one at that. Senior keeper and the fifth worst batsman in senior cricket, the other four all having got a "pair" in their only two innings.
Gerald Blathwayt: All-rounder in senior XI and a good footballer. A noted wit.
Peter Carver: Gained more units than runs this season. Claims to be a golfer, and therefore cannot resist low scores. Does best in social games.
B. Cashmore (Massey): An unknown quantity, noted for his agricultural shots.