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The First A Grade Premiership (1936/37)
Dennis Defeats Bell
Dennis met Bell at East Preston, and the former opened their first innings and knocked up 99. Ireland was top scorer, with Mayfield next, and the only other batsmen to reach double figures were Steele and N. Smith. G. Bott was in excellent form with the ball and obtained nine wickets.
Bell, in their first innings, wilted under the pressure of the Smith Brothers, who shared the wickets between them; the innings concluded at 85. W. Ridd and Pike contributed over half of the total.
Dennis batted themselves into a strong position in their second innings. Batting with confidence, N. Smith gave a good display before being bowled by Kupsch. L. Smith was next. G. Bott again bore the brunt of the bowling, and received valuable assistance from Kupsch.
Faced with a deficit of 194 runs, Bell put up a great fight, and failed by 52 runs. Thorneycroft’s contribution was 84. N. Smith followed up his excellent performance in the previous innings.
Scores: - Dennis 99 and 179 (N.Smith 14 and 116, A. Ireland 38, L. Smith 21; G. Bott 15/105, Kupsch 4/78) defeated Bell 85 and 112 (W. Ridd 29 and 14, Thorneycroft 34, Hughes 26, E. Pike 28; N. Smith 10/85, L Smith 6/69).
An Outstanding A Grade Performer
N. Smith (Dennis) in the series of semi-final and final matches just concluded played a big part in gaining the 1936-37 A grade pennant for Dennis. In the semi-final against Pastrycooks he took ten wickets, and contributed 35 runs; and in the final against Bell he was responsible for 10 wickets and 14 and 116 runs, an excellent performance.
-Northcote Leader March 1937
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