The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69
A Very fair attendance of the cricket-loving public patronised the Domain to-day to witness the commencement of the first intercolonial match between teams from Auckland and New South Wales. The weather in the early part of the morning was dull and gave promise of rain, but fortunately for the visitors and the benefit of those who have looked forward with considerable interest to the meeting of these teams the threatened rain did not come, and the atmospheric surroundings were all that could be desired, a nice light cool breeze tempering the rays of old Sol. A first-class wicket was provided for the occasion, and the members of the visiting team had no cause for complaint in this respect, but it did not wear so well as anticipated, for after the Auckland had been at the wickets for a few overs, it was easily seen that the batsmen would be troubled with a good many bumpy ones. The greatest interest was taken in the proceedings by those present, and every bit of skilful work with the bat or in the fielding, received good recognition. Very attractive batting form was shown by most of the New South Wales eleven, the hitting of Youill, Cottam and Robinson being a treat to see. McClinchy, Davis and Cow per displayed cricket of the skilful and patient order, and all gave the bowlers a great deal of trouble. Although a few chances were missed in the field, the efforts of a majority of the Auckland were very brilliant, the wicket-keeping of Fowke being very expert and effective, and as good as seen in any match throughout Australasia. Hawkins was the most successful trundler tor the Auckland, but most credit is due to Rees, who bowled all through, and secured the most wickets, and had all the chances that were given been taken, he would have come out with an excellent average. The visitors are of opinion that he is one of the best bowlers they have met, and with a little coaching would develop into an Australian eleven man. The Auckland men started very inauspiciously, four of their best batsmen being dismissed when only 24 had been totalled.