Pender’s Grove Footballers v Dennis

There was a good attendance at the Gowerville wicket on Saturday for the commencement of the final match between Pender’s Grove Footballers & Dennis.  The former having first use of the wicket, opened their innings with Leake & F. Birchall to the bowling of Smith & Mayfield.  The first wicket fell for 3 scored by Birchall, who was c & b by Mayfield of the first ball.  G. Alexander joined Leake and defying the bowlers for some time, they were responsible in taking the score to 33.  Leake, who was bat-ting attractively, was caught by May-field of Smith for 11.  The partnership put on 29 runs.  Disaster befell the Footballers at this stage. G. Alexander lost his wicket after he contributed an excellent 18, which included three 4’s being lbw to Smith.  With the next batsmen not scoring and the board showing four for 34 Tivey was joined by T. Alexander, and by careful cricket, this pair brought the score to 50.  The former was out to a nice catch by Graham off Mayfield with five down for 50.  With the addition of 4 runs the sixth wicket fell for 54.  T. Alexander at this stage with 20 to his credit, was batting nicely and with the assistance of the remaining batsmen the total reached 99 when T. Alexander was caught by Keane off Smith for 30.  In his score was four 4’s.  Wise reached double figures with 11 and the innings closed for 105.  The bowlers were assisted by good fielding throughout the innings, which also saved many runs.  Taking four for 22 Smith was in good form with the ball, being assisted by Constance 3/26 & Mayfield 2/29.

In opening their innings, Dennis made a bad start, losing their first wicket without scoring. Gay was joined by Smith and the latter’s batting was the outstanding feature of the match.  Gay was batting freely and the score was increasing.  A change made in the bowling, Tivey replacing Bradshaw.  The move was successful as he secured a wicket in his first over-that of Gay, for 14.  Thirty-two runs were put on for the second wicket.  The remaining batsmen held their end up while Smith was doing the scoring.  Keane was the only batsmen to show any form by making 11 not out.  Smith, who had saved the side by giving them an advantage on the first innings, was caught by Wise of Birchall for 87.  In the score there were ten 4’s and one 6.  On returning to the pavi-lion he received a great ovation from both sides.  This player has been very consistant with bat and ball and in his last three hands has scored 361 runs (being not out once) and having a fone average of 180.  F. Birchall with 3/12, Bell 2/10, and Tivey 2/31 shared the bowling honors for the footballers.

With the time left to play G. Alexander and Lee were not out, no runs being scored of the two overs bowled.  This match will be very interesting to watch next Saturday owing to the scoring being so close.

-Northcote Leader ‘March 1933”