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The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1926


The 1925-26 season will long be remembered by all the many enthusiastic players and supporters of our Cricket Club. Besides being promoted to Senior ranks, we were able to support four teams in the local competition, and finished up by filling sixth place in the Club Championship. As the Club had not had a Senior team since the war, and has never previously even attempted to support more than three teams, it seems that our many lean and struggling years have at last come to an end.

At the close of the season one of our keenest supporters, Mr. J. A. Tripe, presented trophies to the following:—
(1)The best fieldsman in the First Eleven: E. T. Leys.
(2)The best fieldsman among the Junior teams: J. F. Duff.
(3)The Club's best all-rounder: R. H. C. Mackenzie and A. M. Hollings (bracketed equal).

It is with great regret and sorrow that we now hear of Mr. Tripe's death, and we hope sincerely that we may carry on as he always wished-as sportsmen playing for the love of the game.

Three of the above trophy winners, namely, E. T. Leys, R. H. C. Mackenzie, and A. M. Hollings, had the distinction of playing in Wellington representative teams during the season, though none were fortunate enough to be chosen for Wellington's Plunket Shield Eleven.

We managed to send a fairly representative eleven away at Christmas to play A.U.C. for the Speight's Shield, but unfortunately the match had to be left drawn. A.U.C. led on the first innings, but thanks to a magnificent innings of 94 not out by Mackenzie, we were in a winning position when stumps were drawn.