The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, June 1929
At the beginning of the season, H. J. Bishop was elected Captain and R. W. Osborn Vice-Captain. In spite of this brilliant conjunction, however, the fates were unkind to us, and for a long time it seemed as if we were going to finish the season without a win. The chance came at last, however, and while the Captain was away performing military duties at Trentham, the Vice-Captain succeeded in leading the team to victory against Old Boys—a three-point win which, with a little more luck, would have been a four-pointer. Fired by this, the eleven determined to win the next match, although they were handicapped by the presence of thir captain (who had been sacked from the Army). In spite of his efforts, 'Varsity were in a strong position, with only 89 runs to get and 45 minutes in which to score them. This task proved too great, however, and we were beaten by six runs, the last wicket falling with a bare three minutes to go.
Apart from the meritorious draw against Hutt, in which we still hold that we would have won by for the fact that there was no play on the second day, the one win represents the sum total of our success. We finished up in the Championship table with 4 points—an easy last.
The only feature of which we can be proud is our fielding. On several occasions we were complimented, and on the second day of the match against Railways, on Anderson Park, and against Marist in the last match, the team fielded splendidly. Bishop and Osborn were the best in this department. The former took eleven catches, one of page 56 which, against Hutt, was almost as spectacular as the one taken (under exceedingly trying conditions) at Wanganui by him on New Year's morning.
In batting, Campbell alone achieved the distinction of notching a century. His innings against Y.M.C.A. was an exceedingly fine one. Macfarlane played a fine 97 against Railways, when it was a question of scoring fast against time. Osborn played one good innings against Wellington, but failed to strike form apart from this. Bishop came to light twice when runs were wanted, and played a stubborn not-out innings, but on these occasions could get no one to stay with him.
While Campbell was with us, he was easily the steadiest bowler, and we missed him greatly when he was promoted. McKenzie and Smyth bowled well, but Sherwood failed to show his true form. He atoned for this, however, by a fine innings of 52 against Old Boys. Frost came out with the best average of the stock bowlers, and on several occasions bowled really well. Osborn bowled only in two matches, but obtained a sensational average.
The team was unfortunate in losing Moore and Macfarlane for the greater part of the season, in which they played with the Junior A team. Campbell, who went up half-way through the season, was badly missed, as he was easily the best all-rounder. Smyth also played several games Junior A. After the Christmas break, we were fortunate in obtaining the services of Martin, who promises to do really well, and C. G. Frazer, who played in the last two matches, in which, besides keeping wickets excellently, he played three innings of over 50. Martin batted and bowled very well, and was a great acquisition to the team.
The team had a most enjoyable season, although an unsuccessful one, and even if we did forget the main object on occasion, as at Porirua, we hope that we gave our opponents a game, and always took our licking in the proper way.