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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

The New South Wales Cricket Team. — Their Arrival in Auckland

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The New South Wales Cricket Team.

Their Arrival in Auckland.

The team of cricketers from New South Wales, whose visit has been eagerly looked forward to for some time past, arrived from Sydney on Wednesday forenoon, by the s.s. Arawata. As soon as the vessel reached the wharf a number of the leading cricketers, including Messrs McKinney, Beale, Lusk, Cheeseman, Fowke, and others, proceeded on board and offered the "Cornstalks" a hearty welcome to our shores. Upon getting their luggage on shore, the New South Welshmen, in company with a number of local players, were taken to their quarters at the Governor Browne Hotel, Hobson-street. The visitors, with the exception of their captain, Mr. J. Davis, who suffered greatly from mal de-mer, appear to have had a very pleasant passage, and all speak in high terms of the treatment they received from the officers on board. They were greatly pleased with the beautiful scenery of our harbour. The grand display of bunting, and crowded wharves, shipping, and ferryboats also appeared to make an impression upon their minds. After lunch the New South Wales players were escorted to the Domain cricket ground, via the Cemetery bridge, from which they admired the beautiful scenery, the large ferns especially taking their fancy. About a couple of hours' practice was indulged in, and considering that our visitors were fresh from a sea voyage, the form displayed was first-rate.