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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, September, 1922

(3) The Secretary of the Professorial Cricket Club

(3) The Secretary of the Professorial Cricket Club.

A jovial face, a pair of pince-nez, and a benevolent waistcoat; a voice that "piped and whistled in his sound,"as no doubt it should do, being a good Scotch voice and fitted for shrilling the pibroch of its clan. He informed me that the club had just been founded, but was enabled to buy materials through a grant from the Students' Association. It had been resolved that members might play on Sundays—except during: the cricket season. Moreover they would not play on Sunday rooming, because Mr. Parr and Mr. Potter went to church, and might not be able to watch over them.

Although the Club was a young one there was every prospect of its putting a capable side in the field. He himself filled the dual position of secretary and wicketkeep. It was thought impossible that he should he missed by even so erratic a bowler as Prof. P. W. R, and when Prof. R. bowled la hallo, as Prof. B.—W. would say. "s'Élance avec une vÉlocitÉ terrible." Under these circumstances he paid great attention to his diet, and refrained from strenuous practice at the nets.

The chief slogger was Prof. B.—W., who usually opened with Prof. B. The latter had been appointed point since he always adopted the proper standpoint. They had a fine left-hand bowler in Prof. B. E. M. whose delivery was most dramatic. It was per-haps rendered more so by Prof. K. dropping worms on the pitch while the opposition batted. So that the batsmen might not notice anything, the latter fielded at silly mid-on. Prof, C. generally fielded in the country; his favourite study was the stone-wall game.

They had placed Prof. G. at short-slip, because he was always trying to catch somebody. At first he had demurred to playing page 27 when the wind was blowing, pleading that the right to fresh air had been abolished in New Zealand since 1894 and in his class-room since he first commenced to lecture; but he was finally persuaded to come and argue interpretations of the rules with anyone who eared to listen. He combined very well with the demon bowler of his side, Prof. A., whose googlies would have puzzled Justinian himself and kept the opposition in a state of continual blockade. The team was completed by Prof. E. M., who was a shacking bat but a livewire in the field, and Prof. F. P. W. whose easy nonchalance in glancing and cutting evoked the applause of all beholders.

Prof. S. scored with commendable accuracy. Prof. H., who would act as umpire, was instructed to have an optical illusion whenever there was an appeal for run out or leg before. Mr. J. S. Brook would report everything.

I thanked him for his valuable information, and expressed the hope that "The Spike" would be able to record many deeds of derring-do by members of the team. I again thanked him, and withdrew.