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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review October, 1920



The inter-Island cricket match was another feature of the Easter Tournament which was well attended both by students and interested outsiders. As was anticipated, the Southerners' team, which was composed for the greater part of seasoned inter-provincial cricketers, gave a splended exhibition of batting. To this, Blunt 166, Worker 68, Smith 62, and Hutchison 37, contributed most.

Blunt and Worker opened for the Southern team, and after a quiet beginning soon began to pile on runs at a great rate. Blunt was the more aggressive of the two, and he had topped the century before Worker was given out l.b.w. Smith followed, and soon lost Blunt, who had given a particularly fine exhibition of clean, forceful cricket. He excelled in the leg glance, oft' drive and square cut. Indeed, his innings might almost be termed a cricket education. The remainder of the team, with the exception of Smith and Hutchison, gave very little trouble.

Faced with a total of nearly 400, the Northerners opened late in the afternoon, and before stumps were drawn had lost five wickets for 50, Charles being the only batsman to play the bowling of Blunt and Deane with any confidence. On the following day the score was increased to 121, mainly owing to the efforts of Charles 37, who, although by no means brilliant, played very sound cricket, and Airey 28, who hit out very freely. Following on, the Northern team, not taking things very seriously, just topped the century, Charles again being top scorer with a very carefully played 21. This time the bowling of Blunt and Zimmerman was most destructive. The former bowling slow breaks from either side with an occasional "wrong'un," the latter a medium-paced left- hand off break. The Southerners thus left the field victorious by an innings and 160 runs. After the match both teams were entertained at Dustin's.