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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1924

Club Matches (First Eleven)

Club Matches (First Eleven).

v. Institute: Won by 109 runs. Varsity—1st innings, 126; 2nd innings, 135. Institute—60 and 92.

v. Thorndon: Won by 263 runs. Varsity—1st innings, 231; and 282 for 4 wickets (declared). Thorndon—171 and 79.

v. Porirua; Lost by 35 runs on the 1st innings. Varsity—1st innings, 89; and 118 for 8 wickets. Porirua—124 and 175.

v. Petone: Won by 9 wickets. With 20 minutes in which to make the 63 runs required for victory, Wilson and Anderson treated Petone to some leatherhunting, making the runs with five minutes to spare. A feature of the match was a good century by Kent. Varsity, 283. Petone, 97 and 248,

V. Selwyn: Won by 78 runs on the 1st innings. This was one of our hardest games, our opponents up to this game being leaders in the championship. Owing to catches in the slips by Hollings and Wiren, two of our most redoubtable opposers were dismissed cheaply. The fielding of the team was nothing short of marvellous, Selwyn being decidedly frightened of attempting anything but sure runs. Varsity, 193 and 168. Selwyn, 115 and 136 for four wickets.

v. Kilbirnie: Won by 80 runs on the 1st innings. This was the final of the championship. We lost the toss, but they sent us to bat. We batted practically the whole afternoon on a very sticky wicket, and compiled 204 by necessarily slow cricket. At one stage we had 4 for 142, but the tail refused to wag, At the close of the day our opponents had 0 for 10. On resuming next Saturday, the wicket was very sodden, favouring the bowlers. Our opponents' score went up; at one time it was 3 for 75 Excitement was intense until Hollings had two men caught, and Wiren finished off the final two, giving us a lead of 80 runs. Although a completed two innings game was out of the Question, we batted again, and occupied the crease until time was called. Our fielding was again excellent, although not quite so accurate as against Selwyn. Varsity, 204. Kilbirnie, 124.

The following were the best averages for the season:—
Innings. Not out. Runs. Average.
Mackenzie 15 4 424 38.5
Hollings 15 533 35.5
Wilson 16 5 324 29.4
Wiren. 10 2 203 25.3
Greig 8 133 16.6
Kent 16 264 16.5
Overs. Maidens. Runs. Wickets. Average.
Anderson 71 9 244 23 10.6
Hollings 172.1 28 532 42 12.6
Greig 86 23 236 17 13.8
Wilson 66.6 3 412 28 14.7
Wiren 64.3 7 258 13 19.8