South Canterbury Cricket - more than just a game!

In South Canterbury, sports have been contested since the annual foundering anniversary sports days in Timaru in the 1860s. Cricket secured a firm hold at these annual athletic gatherings. Athletic meetings were often made for giving private and public balls that were fund raisers. Cricket is still a summer game in South Canterbury, played from November to end of March and rugby played during the winter months. By 1909 competition for athletics, football, cricket, swimming and tennis fostered the school spirit and friendly rivalry that brought about improvement in the sports. There has always been some rivalry between country districts v. townies, married men v. bachelors and school v. school. Most towns had a well kept cricket oval. During the season clubs may be seen playing Saturdays at the ovals at the Geraldine or Temuka Domain's, Knottingley Park, Waimate, Ashbury Park, Timaru as well as other venues. A local hotel was often used to hold the AGM in September and half time luncheon. Ladies often provided afternoon tea at club matches and award trophies. Many of the clubs struggled financially, amalgamated or became defunct. Travelling and time was a handicap pre the automobile. Clubs like the Timaru Cricket Club wax and waned in the beginning and between the wars. The Albury Cricket Club lasted until 1978. The Mackenzie Cricket club was formed at a meeting at the Gladstone Grand Hotel in 1983 and played at Albury. In the 1985-86 season they moved to the rugby grounds, Strathconan Park in Fairlie.

Margaret Ogilvie, '79 painting. Geraldine Domain

Timaru Herald, 8 November 1888, Page 3
The ordinary monthly meeting of the Geraldine Town Board was held in the Town Board office on Tuesday evening when there were present— Messrs W.S. Maslin (chairman), Amos Sherratt, A. White, J. Williams, N. Dunlop, R. Taylor, and J. Mundell. Resolved "That tenders be called for leasing large park" Mr F. Wilson Smith interviewed the board on behalf of the Geraldine Cricket Club with reference to keeping the pitch in order. Mr Mundell moved, Mr White seconded, and it was carried That the cricket club be granted the use of the oval and pavilion, with power to cut and sell the grass, subject to their putting and keeping the fence in order."

Timaru Herald, 19 October 1870, Page 2
We are glad to see that our local club are exerting themselves to the utmost to battle successfully against their Mackenzie Country friends at the forthcoming match, which takes place the day before the Show. During several evenings of the last week the practice ground has looked quite lively. An excellent ground has been provided at the Saltwater Creek, and Mr Slee has offered to roll it and put it in prime condition for the match. The Committee met at the Royal Hotel on Saturday night last. Mr Cuff was elected Captain, and 14 members were named by him to select his team from. The Committee decided that the players should wear blue caps. A quantity of cricketing materials has recently been purchased by the Club.

Ashburton Guardian, 19 October 1892, Page 2
WAITAKI CRICKET ASSOCIATION.
The first general meeting of delegates to the recently formed Cricket Association for South Canterbury and North Otago was held at Timaru, when there were present—Mr Raymond (delegate of the Ashburton C.C.), Mr Francis (delegate of the Oamaru C.C.), Mr Jefferson (delegate of the Timaru CC.), and Messrs Dann and Hubert (delegates of the Temuka C.C.). Correspondence was read from the Otago and Canterbury Cricket Associations, who warmly approved of the scheme, and expressed their willingness to arrange annual matches. Rules defining the object of the association were dratted and adopted. It was deeded that the association should be called the Waitaki Cricket Association, that it should embrace all clubs between Ashburton and Palmerston, desirous of joining; that the business of the association should be managed by one delegate from each club; that the annual subscription for each club should be two guineas and provision was made for the internal  management of the affairs of the association and for the selection of teams. The following officers were elected:— Patron, Mr W. S. Lindsay; President Mr A.A. McMaster; vice-president Messrs J. T. M. Hayhurst and G. Macdonald; secretary and treasurer Mr G. Francis; assistant secretary and treasurer, Mr C. A. Jefferson. To Mr Francis, who has been, indefatigable in his efforts to bring the scheme to a successful issue, great credit is due and he has earned the thanks of all cricketers within the district of the Waitaki Cricket Association —" Timaru Herald.

Timaru Herald, 16 September 1893, Page 3
CRICKET ASSOCIATION. The annual general meeting of the Waitaki Cricket Association was held last Wednesday evening at the Club hotel, Timaru, when there were present Messrs Haymond (Timaru C.C.) in the chair, Denshire (Ashburton C.C.), Ferguson (Temuka C.C. ), and Francis (Oamaru C.C.) The minutes of the previous meeting having been confirmed, Mr Francis, the secretary and treasurer, placed the balance sheet before the meeting This showed that there was a considerable balance to the credit of the Association, and the balance sheet was adopted. A general discussion then took place as to the advisability of dissolving the Association. From a cricket point of last year's working had proved a failure, and it was urged that owing to the extended radius of the association's district it was impossible to establish a cup competition, or to have proper unity and sympathy between the various clubs. Whilst admitting that the infusion of the Oamaru players into the team would materially strengthen its playing power, several delegates expressed the opinion that the association was altogether too unwieldy. Ultimately it was resolved that the Waitaki Cricket Association be dissolved and the funds distributed equally among the various contributing clubs. A special vote of thanks was passed to Mr Francis for his untiring service as secretary and treasurer, and general regret was expressed that the interests of the game seemed to demand a severance of the connection between the North Otago and South Canterbury clubs.
    Subsequently a meeting of the South Canterbury delegates was held, there being present in addition to those above mentioned - Messrs Herbert, of Temuka, and Fish, of Geraldine. Mr Raymond was voted to the chair. It was stated by the various delegates that they believed their clubs were in favour of the formation of a South Canterbury Cricket Association and the establishment of cup matches, and it was decided that, subject to confirmation of the meeting's proceedings by the clubs interested, an Association be formed. Suggestions were made as to framing suitable rules and electing officers. The appointment of a secretary and treasurer was discussed, and the feeling of the meeting being that this officer should be resident in Timaru, it was left to the chairman to arrange if possible with the Timaru Cricket Club for the appointment of a suitable person. The meeting then terminated, the delegates being unanimously of opinion that, although associated action was impracticable within the wide limits of the Waitaki district, within the narrow sphere now suggested the objects of a Cricketing Association could be secured.

Timaru Herald, 24 October 1893, Page 4
A meeting of the delegates of the South Canterbury Cricket Association was held at Temuka on Thursday last, there being present Mr Raymond (Timaru) in the chair, Mr Andrews (Ashburton), Mr B. B. Macdonald (Geraldine), and Mr Ferguson (Temuka). Association rules and regulations for senior and junior cup contests were adopted. It was resolved that the Association's colours be black and white. The following officers were elected :— President, Dr Fish ; vice-presidents, Messrs C. W. Purnell, J. T M. Hayhurst and W. S. Lindsay ; hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr S. T. Wicksteed. It was decided that the first Association match be played on the Temuka ground on the 2nd November next, between representatives from Ashburton and Geraldine and those from Timaru and Temuka. On the 11th November a match is to be played on the Timaru ground between a South Canterbury team and an eleven of the Lancaster Park Cricket Club. It was decided to establish a series of senior cup contests....
    It was decided that the junior cup contest should be open not only to junior teams and the clubs in the Association, but to such other clubs in South Canterbury as the Junior Cup Match Committee may allow to compete. By this means it is hoped that the clubs in the smaller townships which are not strong enough to compete with the senior teams, may have practical benefit from the Association.

Some days appeared perfect for cricket or fly fishing turned out to be utter blanks.

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Under the Covers -  The Timaru Library catalogue keyword search for cricket lists186 books including:

Bowden, Rex Green Fields of Yesterday. This the story of the first one hundred and thirty years of South Canterbury cricket giving it colour and dimension. Photos. Extensive history of South Canterbury cricket club. Timaru, Temuka region, history from 1860s up to 1990. Written and edited by Rex Bowden, cover design and illustrations by Rowena Norton 1993 Pb  176pg

Button, John, 1931-, Sutherland, Jeremy. Leather & tussock / by John Button and Jeremy Sutherland.
Timaru : MacKenzie Rugby Club, 2003. A history of rugby football in the Mackenzie Country 1875-2003 including cricket (1870-2003) & squash (1978-2003).

The MacKenzie spelling is an interesting one. We assume that the district is named after James the sheep stealer. He signed his name Mckenzie, some take that as verbatim. Mc , M' , etc are abbreviations of Mac, meaning of, or belonging to. The heart of the name is Kenzie, and therefor should be spelt as such. The MacKenzie Rugby Football Club and a few others talked to the District Council about it, they agreed, but said (in true Scottish custom) that to change it would cost too much, so it was left to individual groups to make up their own minds about it. The Rugby Club chose the K option, to 'set an example'.

Seasons of Cricket : the South Canterbury Story / researched and written by Lowrie Graeme, Rex Bowden 1930-, Muriel Pennal. Timaru, N.Z.: South Canterbury Cricket, [2004] Pb.353 pages.

Ogilvie, Ken. 100 years of cricket in Temuka 1884-1984 : a booklet for the centennial weekend of the Temuka Cricket Club Inc. 30 November - 2 December 1984 / by Ken Ogilvie. Temuka, N.Z.: Temuka Cricket Club, 1984.

Ryan Greg. The making of New Zealand cricket, 1832-1914 Demographic, economic and geographic obstacles greatly restricted significant growth and participation until well after the turn of the twentieth century. As with the main cities, control of these bodies was largely the preserve of local elites. Among the thirteen presidents of the South Canterbury Cricket Association from 1893 to 1914 were five doctors, the son of an English peer and two of the region's wealthiest runholders -A.E.G. Rhodes and E.C. Studholme. Norman Cox was a prosperous dental surgeon who applied his administrative skills to a wide body of athletic activities.

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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District] page 1021
Mr. Samuel Alford Bristol, for many years manager of the Kingsdown estate comes of an old Wiltshire family. He was born in 1833, received a private education, and was trained to farming. Mr. Bristol came from England in the old clipper ship “Anglesea,” and after visiting a few friends in Australia, settled in New Zealand in 1863. He was for many years so closely and actively engaged in the management of “Kingsdown” that he had no time to spare to public affairs. He has, however, from the first been a member of the Timaru Agricultural and Pastoral Society and of the South Canterbury Acclimatisation Society; and he took a prominent part in the institution of St. John's, the first Masonic Lodge in Timaru. Mr. Bristol was an enthusiastic cricketer in his native county of Wiltshire and captain of his club, and since setting in Timaru has always identified himself with the game. He has been continuously president of the Timaru Cricket Club, was one of the original promoters of the Amateur Athletic Club, and is a life member of the South Canterbury Jockey Club. Mr. Bristol was married, in 1867, to Miss Woods, a sister of Mrs George Rhodes, of the Levels station, but was left a widower in 1887. Samuel Bristol was interred in the Timaru Cemetery 15 July 1912.

Grey River Argus 15 July 1912, Page 5
Samuel Alfred Bristol a widely known and popular identity died yesterday in his eightieth year (says the W.C. Times of Saturday). He was a native of Wiltshire and went to South Canterbury in 1863 as farm manager for a large Kingsdown estate just outside Timaru, and had charge till the estate was subdivided.

Pre 1900 South Canterbury Cricket Clubs - date = oldest snippet found in newspaper

1863 Timaru Cricket Club  Lyttelton Times 24 Jan. 
1863 Arowhenua 
1870 Burkes Pass Club 
1872 Temuka C.C.
1872 Waihi Crossing C.C.
1873 Winchester C.C. at Waihi Crossing
1876 Geraldine Cricket Club 
1878 Chimo Cricket Club 
1878 Tradesmen C.C. 
1880 Crusader Cricket Club 
1881 Pareora C.C. 
1881 Pleasant Point C.C. 
1881 Otaio C.C.  - defunct 1888
1882 Waimate C.C. 
1884 Drapers and Clothiers Cricket Club 
1884 Carlton Cricket Club 
1884 Fairlie Creek Cricket Club 
1884 Waimataitai Cricket Club 
1887 Garrison Corps Cricket 
1887 Herald C.C. (the Timaru Herald C.C.)
1887 High School C.C. 
1888 Temuka defunct 
1889 Colonial Cricket Club 
1891 Union Cricket Club 
1895 Waimate C.C. 
1895 Kingsdown C.C. 
1895 Beaconsfield C.C. 
1896 United Cricket Club 
1896 Wesleyan Cricket Club 
1896 Zealandia Cricket Club. Had a first class grass wicket at Russell Square.
1897 St. Andrews Cricket Club 
1897 Albury C.C. 
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Timaru Herald, 9 March 1888, Page 3
To the Editor of the Timaru Herald. Please allow me to correct a statement which appears in the " Sporting Notes " in this morning's Herald. It is as follows :— " And so the cricket season here is allowed to pass without an effort being made to play one really good 'foreign' match at Timaru." This is not true ; very great efforts were made to play several such matches here. We tried nearly all the clubs in Christchurch and Dunedin, and actually had a match arranged with Carisbrook C.C. and beds engaged for them, etc., when they, at the last moment, sent word that they couldn't come. We did all we could to get the Canterbury inter-provincial eleven to stay here on the way down to or back from Dunedin, and play 15 or 18 of South Canterbury, but they could not. The Oamaru, Temuka, and Otaio, clubs are defunct. Mr D'Emdem brought up a scratch team from Waimate, but they were, from want of practice, etc., not able to make any game with use took an eleven to Geraldine where we met a fairly strong team, and were again easily victorious. Geraldine would not or could not come here to play a return. It is not easy, in these times, to got men to leave their business for three days and travel to Christchurch or Dunedin to play cricket, and it would be useless to go to either of these places without a fairly representative team. Our ground has been in capital order this season, and we have a good eleven, but we cannot compel other towns to meet us. If you, Sir, or your sporting correspondent, would give us your valuable assistance next year and arrange some " foreign" matches for us, I am sure he or you would not only gain the lasting thanks of the club, but I venture to think would profitably employed than in writing paragraphs in the papers which are misleading to the public and detrimental to the interests of the game. I am, &c , M. J. Godby. Timaru, March 8th, 1888. |

Timaru Herald, 4 March 1913, Page 7  Cricket.
Next Thursday the match Celtic v. Geraldine commenced last week, will be continued on the Geraldine grounds. The two matches, Timaru v. High School on Caledonian grounds, and South End v. Temuka on the Temuka Park, will be confined to one day, in consequence of the games being postponed from last week. 

Editorial: What summer of cricket? The Timaru Herald 28/12/2009
OPINION: They're in the media every year, the endless promotional plugs about "our summer of cricket", "our summer game" and other similar references to the game that supposedly forms the centre-piece of our summer sporting entertainment. With the almost endless modern-day rugby season having reached its brief annual hiatus, it's a welcome change of pace. Cricket is definitely the kind of game well suited to the sort of long summer days that have only just really arrived for us. Indeed, Christmas Day was one of the hottest days of a summer that hasn't really got that hot yet. And yet one is forced to wonder where the real cricket action is for us to enjoy now that our summer is at its height. This is not in any way an attempt to denigrate our domestic competitions, but it's a fair bet that most of those around New Zealand who will be watching cricket this week will be taking in the action from the Boxing Day test in Melbourne.

Which is hardly surprising, given that there is usually a high quality contest in prospect across the Tasman, but wouldn't it be good if there was a game fans here could be watching that involved New Zealand? Again, no disrespect to our domestic game, but it's fairly certain that the numbers who turn up to Twenty20 and limited overs games around the country will be small. Hopefully a clear exception will be here in Timaru on Thursday, when Canterbury and Otago clash at the Aorangi Oval, but if that draws a good crowd, it will be in large part due to the fact that it's five years since we had a game of that magnitude in Timaru.

In other parts of the country, where such fare is more regular, it's difficult to see people coming out in their droves to watch domestic cricket. Which makes one wonder why the powers that be in New Zealand have allowed Boxing Day to come and go without any top international fixture on. Certainly, it's understood that international schedules are drawn up years in advance and ensuring top cricket is on the menu is not easy. But isn't this the one time of the year when fans could really tap into a top test fixture? Serious cricket fans here know that in both Australia and South Africa, there are Boxing Day tests every year, except for the one year in four when those sides happen to be playing each other in Melbourne. It's an important tradition. They'll also know that last year we had a Twenty20 game against the West Indies here – a significant step down from test cricket, but entertaining all the same – and this year there was nothing. We used to have a Boxing Day test at the country's top dedicated cricket ground, Wellington's Basin Reserve. Surely we should think about reviving that, otherwise all we're doing is providing Australia's Channel 9 with extra audience numbers.

Geraldine Domain 14 Nov. 2009

Timaru Courier August 12 2010 pg8
Accounts of early cricket make amusing reading

CRICKET seems to have begun only a few years after the arrival of the Strathallan in 1859, though in a very informal way. An attempt to form a Timaru Cricket Club was made in 1862, but as no matches were played this can hardly be regarded as a ‘‘first’’. However, on January 14, 1863, sides chosen by J. Massey and F. Wilson played in probably the first game of the Timaru Club. The first game against another club took place between Timaru and Arowhenua, and these games continued for several years. The Arowhenua players were referred to as ‘‘Bush cricketers’’, many of them coming from sawmilling areas. The ‘‘Sod Warriors’’ from the east side of Temuka played games but no records of the club survive. Rex Bowden, in Green Fields of Yesteryears, writes: ‘‘In March 1865 the Timaru Club journeyed to Oamaru. The team left at 6.30am in high spirits by Cobb and Co. in an open cart which was only sup• posed to carry eight passengers. The umpire, F. Teschemaker, as the coachman’s choice, sat in the box seat.  The bridge across the Otipua Creek was in a dangerous state and the players were quite relieved to get safely across . ‘‘After a somewhat bumpy and jolly journey the coach reached the Waitaki River. In 1860 a government ferry had been started at Te Kapa’s Pa. When the river was normal it was a mile wide, running in many streams between small islands and banks of shingle. To the cricketers, the Waitaki looked swift and several whirlpools were viewed with awe. The passengers and their luggage were loaded on to a small boat. The boatmen descended into the river and pushed the boat for half a mile upstream. This was repeated from island to island until the river was crossed. Often the current would cause the boat to turn around and rock violently . ‘‘After the crossing had been accomplished the cricketers walked over to the Elephant Hill Hotel where they downed stiff brandies. For the remainder of the journey the cricketers indulged in singing popular hits of the day and making puns. Next morning play commenced at 11am. The pitch was uneven with Lees bowling many shooters. For the Timaru players, leather hunting was the order of the day . The teams’ scores were low: Oamaru 56 and 45; Timaru 45 and 52. After the match the Oamaru gentlemen entertained their defeated opponents at the Star and Garter with a sumptuous dinner, followed by long winded speeches. The ‘knights of the willow’ returned to Timaru the next day.’’ Cricket in the Mackenzie Country started rather later. At shearing time there could be more than 200 men on the stations, including the sons of gentlemen and the clergy, and it was from this group that most of the cricketers came. The first matches were played around woolsheds, usually after work, and were followed by poker and tall stories. Many of the sons of runholders went to Christ’s College and these players challenged the shearers to a game on a pitch claimed to be as true as a billiard table. The boundaries were a steep gully on one side, a creek, some tall tussocks and a rock. The bowlers were unaware of the new MCC rule making it illegal to throw or jerk the ball, so that the opening bowler, a station hand, took a long run, sprinted to the bowling crease, stopped and threw down the ball. The pitch did the rest. The match between the shearers and the Christ’s College Old Boys was played in conditions which made high scores impossible. Both batsmen and the wicketkeeper were in constant danger and the keeper had the luxury of two backstops. One batsman enticed the other to run a bye but then sat on his bat, refusing to take a second run. The partner reluctantly had to make his own attempt at self preservation. The next batsman cunningly went into the woolshed and wrapped a woolly sheepskin around his body, then marched confidently to the wicket. However the bowler was equally cunning and bowled a yorker that went under the bat straight into the wicket. The shearers were dis missed for 30 runs, then took the field hoping to bounce the collegians out for less. But in mid afternoon the station dray laden with beer and the afternoon tea appeared and the players left the field. On resuming the fieldsmen placed the unopened kegs where they could keep an eye on them but the bowlers had strangely lost their pace and the batsmen were able to make a few clean hits. With the last pair at the wicket, the station hands scored the winning run and all adjourned to complete their unfinished business.

A compilation of South Canterbury Tales is available for $15 from the South Canterbury RSA office, 21 Wai-iti Rd, Timaru.

Timaru Courier August 19 2010 pg 8
Bunnies aplenty in this form of cricket

Last week’s tale traced the beginnings of cricket in South Canterbury to soon after the arrival of the Strathallan in 1859, although the first formally organised match appears to have been between members of the just formed Timaru Cricket Club in 1863. In the Mackenzie Country, a weekly competition between stations got under way in the 1870s, with players travelling long distances for matches on horses, gigs or drays.  On September 24, 1870, a meeting took place at the Burkes Pass Hotel and a club was formed, ‘‘The Burkes Pass Sloggers’’. Some games were played at Ashwick, and in the same year the Haldon cricket ground was formed. In one game, the batsman struck a mighty blow and the ball raced over the rough grass towards an old horse, which refused to let the fieldsman approach, presenting heels prepared to kick anyone coming near. While the horse stood its ground, the runs quickly mounted. The fielding team could not call ‘‘lost ball’’ because it was there for everyone to see. At last some brave man managed to get close enough to give the horse a kick and the nag moved off. Rex Bowden, in Green Fields of Yesteryears, writes: ‘‘Towards afternoon tea the ladies spread white tablecloths out on the ground. A few minutes before the players were due to leave the pitch, the station children appeared from the cookhouse carrying hot buttered scones and pikelets wrapped in tea towels. Several handfuls of tea were thrown into the boiling water. All was ready. The players left the field to grab tin mugs of hot steaming tea and to devour the scones and pikelets. The organiser of the match went to the dray to remove the champagne bottles to place them in a well sheltered bay to cool in the creek. ‘‘Play resumed. Scores were low. The roughness of the pitch contributed to many dismissals. After the two teams had each batted twice the players shook hands and settled down to the serious business of drinking the prime beer and whisky — the whisky was of inferior quality, being distilled in the ‘‘Moonshine Country’’. The women removed the champagne from the creek, popped open the bottles, drinking from long slender glasses which had been carefully packed in the dray. Just before sundown the after match drinking drew to a close. The men fed their horses and then draped towels over their shoulders for a bathe in the creek .  At eight o’clock everyone sat down to a cooked dinner – pigeon pies, cold fowl, numerous cold joints, followed by steam pudding covered with thick yellow custard . By 10 everything was ready for the ball. The paraffin lamps had been placed so as to hide any imperfection in the fair sex . ‘‘One player, Tom, educated at Winchester, Eton and Cambridge, had ridden over 30 miles to play in the match. When his turn came to bat he was singularly unsuccessful, being bowled first ball in each innings. While dancing a waltz he described his batting: ‘When it came my turn to bat I was determined to slog the first ball into the creek. Fred bowled me a lolly. This is it, I thought. I watched the ball land on the pitch. To my utter dismay it disappeared down a rabbit hole, came out the other end and knocked over my off stump!’’

Timaru Courier 26 Aug. 2010 pg8
Cricketing japes from Geraldine

There is a surprisingly good record of the early days of cricket in Geraldine. About 1863, a cricket match was arranged at Temuka and players came from as far as Peel Forest to play for the Arowhenua side. In 1875, a match took place between Geraldine and Waihi Bush. The club, as constituted at present, started about 1890 but games at that time were purely informal and social. In 1881, the Timaru team left for Geraldine in a four in drag driven by ‘‘the genial secretary Lindsay’’. The problems started at the Opihi. Heavy overnight rain had resulted in a very swollen river and a loose bottom. About midstream, the off leader’s swingle snapped, the pole going and causing the horses to swerve. The driver, fortunately, prevented a capsize, then a passenger, one Reid, jumped into the rushing river and with much difficulty released the horses and led them across the river. A local station worker, Mr Radford, kindly sent a drag to help the party, who were stranded mid stream. He loaded them and landed them on the bank before he returned to haul their vehicle out of the river. There were also problems with umpires, or rather with the players’ reactions to the umpires. In 1878, Timaru was playing a combined Temuka - Geraldine team, with one umpire appointed by each side. The Timaru umpire gave one of the opposition out and although the batsman disputed the decision, he left the wicket. The Combined team’s captain refused to send another batsman in and the Timaru side walked off the field, leaving the game unfinished. In 1900, Beechey Macdonald was one of the initiators of a game between former pupils of Christ’s College and those of English public schools. These games, often with a return match, were played on the Geraldine Oval in the Christmas New Year period and, apart from breaks during the wars, continued until well into the 1980s, when it was abandoned through lack of support.

The Rev. Bob Lowe, a former vicar of Geraldine, wrote about this match: ‘‘In many ways Geraldine was an extension of an English county. There was a large platoon of retired British or Indian Army colonels or generals. Some of the larger houses still retained ‘‘staff’’ and there were sufficient Old Boys of English public schools living in the parish to field a cricket team. ‘‘The Christ’s College Old Boys team certainly looked the part. A sumptuous lunch was provided from hampers stuffed with cold game and whole hams. Lashings of champers of course, all consumed on the lawn beneath the trees. Had it not been for the appearance of the Old Publicans team, it would be hard to believe that this was New Zealand. Those of us representing the best schools in England were a scruffy bunch. One or two preferred to wear sneakers to cricket boots. Trousers were usually off white and were kept in place by binder twine or even braces. ‘‘In contrast with the Old Collegians, we fared meagrely and meanly at lunch time. An old Harrovian asked if he might borrow my bicycle in order to go into the township to buy a pie. By staring enviously at what was being consumed by the Old Collegians, a place was usually found for us.’’

To jump forward a few years, Temuka had its day in the sun, when the 1913-14 Australian cricket team played South Canterbury at the Domain, just six months before the outbreak of World War 1. The team included some outstanding players — Warwick Armstrong, M.A. Noble, H.L. Collins, J.N. Crawford, Arthur Mailey, Vernon Ransford and Victor Trumper. The team had scored 658 against Auckland, 709 against Southland and 610 for six against New Zealand. South Canterbury was obviously modest in comparison, but had a keen player in Bill Thomas, the rector of Timaru Boys’ High School. He was a useful bowler and a batsman who believed in hitting the ball. He allowed the whole school to go to watch the match and, at his own expense, paid for taxis for the boarders. He hit the only 6 in the local team’s innings and on the second day had the honour of bowling the great Trumper, for a meagre 135. The Australians, however, had a field day, scoring 922 for nine. J.N. Crawford topscored with 354 runs, scoring 200 of them in only 60 minutes. With Trumper he scored 298 for the eighth wicket and, with Noble, 213 for the ninth. The Weekly News wrote: ‘‘Never again will such an innings be played in New Zealand’’.  

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Otago Daily Times 25 September 1863, Page 4
Cricket, golf, bowls, and gymnastics generally, are strong levers in the breaking down of those greatest curses of colonial society—drunkenness and gambling. Games of skill of this kind demand the exercise of all the moral and physical powers. Cricket of all others calls into play ail the manly qualities. Courage, calmness, self-possession, endurance, patience, tact and ingenuity must come to the aid of muscular strength if success is to be obtained.

Timaru Herald, 5 November 1864, Page 4
A meeting of those interested in the formation of a Cricket Club in Timaru, was held at the Royal Hotel, on Monday evening. R. D'Oyley, Esq., was voted to the chair. After some discussion, it was resolved that a new club be established in Timaru. Mr. Massey was elected secretary. A subscription list was then opened and a good sum subscribed.

Timaru Herald, 10 December 1864, Page 4
The newly formed Timaru Cricket Club are to play their opening game at the Saltwater Creek, on Friday, December 16th. If the weather should be fine, as this is the only amusement to take place on that day, doubtless many spectators will visit the ground.

Timaru Herald, Volume I, Issue 30, 31 December 1864, Page 4
The members of our newly formed Cricket Club have not as yet exhibited their "science" in public. The day last appointed for the match having proved wet, of course it was not able to take place. Monday next, being a general holiday, has very appropriately been now chosen for the day of contest ; and as there are no other amusements to keep either visitors or players from the field, we shall expect to see a pleasant day's sport at the Creek.

Timaru Herald, Volume I, Issue 31, 7 January 1865, Page 5
Monday last proved a splendid day for the opening match of the Timaru Cricket Club, and it being a general holiday in the town, there were numerous visitors to the field during the day. The cricket exhibited was not of a very high order, which is, of course, to be attributed to the very recent formation of the club, and the very little practice that has taken place. Sides were picked by Mr. Massey and Mr Younghusband, that of the latter winning with five wickets to go down.

The following are the scores :— Mr, Massey's Side, First Innings. 
Massey, run out 1 
Joseph Ellis, 	b and c by Allen  	 4 
Harpin Exley 	b Younghusband 		23 
J. Melton 	b Allen, c Osbom  	 0 
W. Mansfield 	b Osborn  		10 
J. Tucker 	b Osborn 		 2 
W. Tucker 	b Osborn 		 0 
Bartlet 	not out 		 0 
Hartley 	b Osborn 		 3 
Buddle 		s by Allen 		 1 
Byes ... ... ... 1 
Wides ... ... 4 
No ball ... ... 1 
Leg bye ..... 1 
51 

Second Innings. 35 
Total ..86 

Mr. Younghusband's Side. 
First Innings. 
Younghusband 	b Massey 		 1 
Osborn 		b Massey 		20
Captain Smith 	b Ellis, c Massey 4 
Allen 		b Massey 		 9 
Asquith 	b Massey 		 4 
Reid 		b Ellis 		 2 
R. Green 	b Ellis 		11 
Healey 		b Ellis 		 0 
Foster 		b Massey, c Ellis  	 0
Greenfield 	not out  		 1 
Byes ... ... . 2 
Wide 1 
55

Second Innings. 33 
Total 88 

Timaru Herald, 11 February 1865, Page 4
TIMARU V. AROWHENUA at the cricket ground at Saltwater Creek
For two or three years past it has been the custom for the Arowhenua and Timaru cricketers to engage in friendly matches, Which, until this game, have always resulted in easy victory to the Bush folk ; but at length the tide of fortune has set in favour of our townsmen, and they succeeded in winning by eleven runs a very closely-contested game on Monday last. The play was very good considering that neither of the teams Live practised over much; and especially was this to be remarked in the bowling, which was far in advance of the batting on both sides. The return match is we believe, to be played on the Monday after the race week, when we hope to see a marked improvement in the play on both sides. The following is the score : -

Timaru— First Innings, 
Ellis 		b Dyson  	 5 
R. Green 	b Dyson  	 0
Exley 		run out 	 3 
Bristol 	b Dyson  	 4 
Cuff 		b Dyson  	15
Osborn 		run out  	 4 
Younghusband 	b Woods		 0 
Massey 		b Woods  	 2
Allen 		c Woods, b Dyson 0 
Crawley 	not out 	 7 
J. Tucker 	run out 	 1 
Byes and leg- byes 4 
Wides and no balls  5 
50
Second Innings - 40
Total ... 90 

Timaru Herald,  4 March 1865, Page 4
The return match between the Arowhenua and Timaru Cricket Clubs was played on Monday last, at the Saltwater Creek, and for the second time this season victory declared itself in favor, of the Timaru team. The game was won easily there being seven wickets to fall when the stumps were drawn; but there is some excuse for the ill-success of the Arowhenua Club, as they played, with only nine, men. However, the result of this match seems to have inspired the Timaru Club with a belief that they are capable of even better things, for we observe that a meeting is to be held this evening, to see if arrangements can be made for playing a match against Oamaru. The following is the detailed score of the match :
The Timaru Herald, 7 October, 1865Arowhenua —First Innings.

Wilson 		not out 12 
Woods 		b Bristol 10 
Bullc 		b Bristol  0 
Dyson 		b Cuff 
Hayter 		b Cuff 0 
G. Macpherson 	c b Bristol 0 
A. Dyson 	run out 0 
G. Wilson 	c Ellis, b Bristol 0 
A. McKinley 	run out  1 
Byes and leg byes ... 4 
Wides .. . . ... 2 
32 
Second Innings 52
Total 84

Timaru - First Innings 76
Second Innings 9
Total 85

Timaru Herald, 9 December 1865, Page 2
Cricket. — It will be seen elsewhere that Mr. Groom, on behalf of the "Up-Country Eleven," has challenged the "Town of Timaru" to play a match at cricket about the 15th of January. We hope that some gentleman will instantly accept, on behalf of the town, the friendly challenge, and at once get his team together for practice.Timaru Herald 9 December, 1865

Timaru Herald, 22 December 1865, Page 2
A meeting of gentlemen interested in the forthcoming cricket match — Timaru versus the Up Country Eleven, was held at the Royal Hotel on the 18th instant, Mr. Perry in the chair. After some discussion it was proposed by Mr. Mansfield, and seconded by Mr. Cuff, that Mr. Perry should be Captain of the Timaru Eleven ; carried unanimously. It was also proposed and carried that the eleven should practice everyday until the 15th of January, the day mentioned for playing the match.

Timaru Herald, 16 February 1866, Page 2
On Saturday last a cricket match took place between the Town and up-Country elevens: The weather was all that could be desired, cool and pleasant, just the day that cricketers most delight in. Great interest seemed to be taken in the match, if we could judge by the numbers spectators, among whom we observed many ladies. It was agreed beforehand by the respective captains of the elevens, Mr. Perry for the town and Mr. Cox, acting for Mr. Groom who unfortunately was unable to play, owing to an accident, for the up-country, that the match was to be decided in a single innings. The toss was won by the Timaru team, who sent in Messrs. Ellis and McIntyre to the bowling of Messrs. Babbington and Cox. After some careful play by Mr. Ellis he was cleverly caught by Mr. Selfe. McIntyre, from whom great things were expected, unfortunately lost his wicket by the ball running under his bat after having been partially stopped Mr. Shirley took his place, and after scoring 19 by some really good play, was bowled out by Mr. Cox. Messrs. Kitson, Perry, and Cuff successively followed with scores at 6, 6, and 8. The sum-total was 77 runs, of which 23 were made up of byes and wides. Messrs. Dyson and Burrell were the first of the up-country eleven sent to the wicket, to the bowling of Messrs. Perry and Cuff, these gentlemen, however, were soon disposed of, and so m fact was every man who followed, till Messrs. Bristol and Bellette made a most determined stand — the former gentleman succeeded m scoring 18 runs till be gave a catch off Mr. Ellis's bowling, which, although most difficult, was not too much for Mr. McIntyre. Mr. Bellette added 11 to the score, which, with the byes, wides, and no balls, made up a score of 74. It was fortunate for the town eleven that Mr. Green was their longstop, for had he not been they must inevitably have lost the match, the long stopping moreover, being made very difficult by the extreme badness of the ground The excitement towards the end of up-country eleven's innings was very great, as Messrs. Bristol and Bellette slowly and gradually crept up by single runs to their adversaries score, and as the event proved the town team gained but a bare victory of but three runs. Subjoined is a list of the scoring : —

Town : 
Ellis 		c Selfe, b Cox 		 1
McIntyre 	b Babington 		 0 
Overmyer 	b Cox 			 7 
Shirley 	b Cox 			19 
Thompson 	b Cox 			 1 
Kitson 		c Cox, b Selfe 		 6 
Perry 		c Cardale, b Selfe 	 6 
Cuff,		b Babington		 8
Mansfield 	b Babington 		 0 
Green run out 1 
D'Oyly not out 5 
Byes 14, wides 8, no balls 123 
77 

Up Country Eleven: 
Dyson 		c Overmyer, b Perry	 3 
Burrell 	c Overmyer, b Perry 	 2 
Selfe 		b Cuff 			 0 
G. Babington 	c Kitson, b Cuff 	 1 
Bristol 	c Mclntyre, b Cuff 	18 
A. Babington 	c Kitson, b Cuff 	 2
Aitkin 		run out 		 1 
A. Cox 		c Ellis, b Perry 	 0 
Bellette 	c Cuff, b Ellis 	11 
A. Cardale 	c Cuff, b Ellis 	 0 
Moorhouse 	not out 		 6 
Byes 17, wides 12, no balls 1 30 
74

Timaru Herald, 5 January 1867, Page 2
The return match between the Arowhenua and Timaru Cricket Clubs was played on New Year's Day at Temuka. Shortly after ten o'clock the Timaru eleven put in an appearance, and all parties proceeded to the ground, situated near the brick-kilns, about a quarter of a mile south of the Crown Hotel, and which was to be the scene of the contest. It certainly seemed natural, considering the trouble taken to provide a good ground for the previous match at Timaru, that a rivalry as to the matter should have existed, and some little exertions have been made to produce something worthy the name of a cricket ground ; but the visitors were disappointed at finding that, excepting for the traffic, the main road was far preferable, and quite as well suited for cricket. And in this we are not saying too much, as the wickets were pitched on an incline, and that not even an inclined plane; and the fielding ground was very rough and m its natural state, as the rough growth of grass, &c, had not been removed. So wretched, indeed, was it, that the first idea of the Timaru team was to refuse to go on with the match. However, a start was effected, and the game commenced by the visitors taking the field. The bowling of Messrs Perry and Cuff, considering the inequality of the ground, was very good ; but the effect of many well-pitched balls was destroyed by their rising over the wicket, and turning off m the most eccentric manner. The only score of any importance was that of Nuttall, who succeeded in placing thirteen to his credit. Exactly half the total score was gained by byes, of which the extraordinary number of thirty-six were run; it is only fair, however, to state that the usual longstop of the Timaru Club was unable to play. It would, we think, have certainly been better policy to have placed three men behind the wicket instead of two, but we presume the captain was of a different opinion.    
    At the conclusion of this, innings the players adjourned to partake of a luncheon at the Crown, and at half -past two again appeared on the field.
    The Timaru eleven were all disposed of for forty-four runs. As will be seen by the score, no less than four of their number were so unfortunate as to be run out. Mr Cuff was the highest score, making nine runs.
    The Arowhenua eleven in their second innings scored fifty-two, out of which there were fourteen to byes ; in fact, this gentleman in both innings, ran up really very fine scores. Mr Perry's bowling was first-rate, having bowled seven wickets iv the second innings. Mr Macpherson made the score of thirteen, out of which six were obtained for a "lost ball" The Timaru men had now eighty-one runs to make m their second innings, and we beard three to one offered against their doing so and as the result showed, the odds might have been anything to nothing, the eleven being all put out for the small score of twenty-two — just one-half the number obtained m the first innings. They were thus defeated by fifty-eight runs before seven o'clock.
    The laurels at present rest with the country club, their fielding, on the whole, being worthy of all praise ; while as far as that of their opponents was concerned, the less said the better. The umpire for Timaru was Mr Mansfield, and for Arowhenua, Mr Cullman.

Timaru Herald, 16 January 1867, Page 5
The match between, the Arowhenua and Timaru cricket clubs came off at the Washdyke, on the 17th alt. The weather was fine, and a large number of visitors, from the country as well as from the town, were present during the day, and seemed to take great interest in the games, The respective captains were Messrs Simmonds and Massey ; umpires, Messrs Bristol and Coleman : and scorers, Messrs McKenzie and Seymour.
    At half -past ten, the wickets were pitched, and the captain of the Arowhemia team, having won the toss, sent in their opponents, to the bowling of EL Dyson and J. Forward. The bowling of the former was deserving of special, notice, and, as will be seen by the scores below, was very effective m both innings. Messrs Cuff, Simmonds, and Perry were the highest scorers, their free hitting being very much admired. The fielding of the Arowhenua eleven was very creditable, and was no doubt the result of constant practice.... At half-past one, before the first innings of  the Arowhenua eleven was completed, those concerned in the match, adjourned to the Washdyke Hotel, where a capital luncheon was provided by Mr Wilson. 
    Thus Arowhenua was victorious by two runs, and three wickets to go down. The defeat of the Timaru eleven, apart from the indifferent fielding, was generally looked upon as owing to their having allowed their opponents to run up so large a number of byes during their first innings.

Timaru Herald, 19 January 1867, Page 2
On the 17th January, 1859, the Strathallan, an immigrant ship from England; arrived m Timaru, and from that day Timaru may be said to take its rise. Since then the day has always been kept as a holiday, and Thursday last was no exception to the rule, all the principal places of business being closed. The evening before a cricket match was hurriedly got up between the Married and Single players of Timaru, and the scene of the contest was Saltwater Creek. Play commenced about eleven o'clock, Messrs Cuff and Simmonds' taking the wickets to the bowling of Messrs Ellis and Belfield. After bowling a few overs, the latter gentleman gave up to Mr Exley. Mr Cuff made a rapid score of eleven, of which six were contributed by a splendid hit to square-leg. Mr Perry also made some fine play, and his wickets did not fall until he had placed twenty-one runs to his credit. In this innings seventy-three runs were obtained by the bachelors. The Married then went in, but only managed to run up a score of forty two, the bowling of Messrs Perry and Cuff, and the general fielding of the Bachelors being too much for them. In this innings a slight contretemps occurred, which we trust, for the honor of the Timaru cricketers, never to see repeated, as m one instance, the umpire's decision was called in question, and that, moreover, in such a way as threatened to put an abrupt termination to the match. We must beg leave to remind our cricketing friends that in all cases the umpire's decision is final, and a true cricketer will never, whatever may be his private opinion, demur at it. The Bachelors m the second innings made the large score of 105, -Mr Cuff contributing off his own bat no less than thirty-four. Against this heavy score the Married had but little chance, and they only. succeeded m scoring thirty m their second innings, thus making a total of 72 against their adversaries 178. It was very plain throughout the match which side would gain the victory, as the Bachelors mustered all the best players, and the Married in every point were inferior.

Timaru Herald, 30 November 1867, Page 5
On Saturday last, a scratch match was played at the Saltwater Creek, between two elevens of the Timaru Cricket Club, chosen by Mr McIntyre and Mr Cuff. At the close of the game the numbers stood : Mr Cuff's eleven, 58, Mr Mclntyre's eleven, 55. The highest scores were, Mr Cuff, 26; and, on Mr Mclntyre's side, Mr Ellis 12. The proposed match between the married men and bachelors did not come off owing to the absence of several of the former.

Timaru Herald, 15 October 1870, Page 2
Cricket — The Burkes Pass eleven recently held a practice day at the Messrs Raine's station, Sherwood Downs. There was a marked improvement in all branches of the game, especially in the bowling. We recommend our local cub to look well to their laurels, as the country men seem terribly in earnest, and determined to leave no stone unturned in order to achieve their maiden victory.

Timaru Herald, 29 October 1870, Page 3
The cricket match between the Timaru Club and the Burkes Pass Eleven, which has been on the tapis for some three or four weeks, came off at the Saltwater Creek on Wednesday last. The Burkes Pass men were the first to arrive on the ground, in a four horse drag from the Timaru Horse Repository, closely followed by the Timaru Cricket. Club, ably tooled by Mr Crumond. The wickets were pitched at half-past ten, and the toss for innings was won by the Burkes Pass Captain (Mr Strachey), who put his opponents in first. The day was very warm till about two o'clock, when it changed to a cold south-west and a slight drizzling ruin, which did not seem, however, to damp the energies of the cricketers in the slightest degree. A good many people were present in the afternoon, and several carriages with lady occupants added greatly to the guy appearance of the scene. A cold collation was provided by the Timaru Club for their friendly rivals, under the entering of Mr Frank Slee, which is quite a sufficient guarantee of its excellence. Mr Reilly, as umpire for the Timaru Club, and Mr F. Teschemaker, for the country team, performed their onerous duties to the entire satisfaction of the combatants, there being no decision given through the match open to dispute. The Timaru men made a total of 57 m their first innings. The honor of being first on the poll was won by Tacon, a very steady left hand player, who went in first and very neatly succeeded in carrying out his bat. Mr Cuff (captain), one of the best bats, was bowled by Mr Macfarlane before he got properly set, or he might, have given the Burkes Pass men some trouble to dispose of judging from the specimen he gave of his hitting powers m the second innings, when he was unfortunately run out. by his partner. Mr C. Perry (a brother of Mr A. Perry, and late of the Tasmanian Eleven) evidently a good bat, was unfortunate. His bowling, however, was very successful, every wicket but one falling to his powers m the first innings. In the second innings of the Timaru Club, the leg-hitting of Mr MeKellar was much admired, heading the score for the day with nineteen runs to his credit. The bowling of Mr Macfarlane for the Burkes Pass Club was very steady and effective throughout, the fielding generally being well sustained and spirited, and a word of praise must be given Mr Strachey for his wicket keeping. We were rather disappointed on the whole with the batting strength of the Burkes Pass team, but all praise must be given to Mr Strachey, and Mr W. C. Smith, for their plucky and energetic attempts to pull off the match, and the crafty way in which the latter stole his byes created great amusement. We hear there is every prospect of a return match during the summer on the Burkes Pass ground, when a close game may be anticipated ; and the Burkes Pass men are in great hopes of turning the tables on their conquerors. We append the score, by which it will be seen that the Timaru Club won by 22 runs.

Timaru Herald, 18 October 1872, Page 3
A very pleasant meeting between the Burkes Pass Club, and an eleven under the captaincy of Mr T. W. Teschemaker, was held at Ashwick Station on Saturday last. The day was everything that could be desired, and the ground although not quite a match one, reflected considerable credit on Mr Gray, who had to overcome difficulties which many would have considered insurmountable, in getting a ground in a rough and swampy English grass paddock. To Messrs Kimbell and Gray the success of the meeting is entirely due, and the remembrance of the "down country match" will long be in the recollection of the Mackenzie Country generally. Unfortunately the captain of the "down countries" was disabled by an accident to his leg, and was consequently unable to display his well known cricket capabilities ; but his place as captain of the team was ably filled by Mr Bristol, who not only displayed the best of judgment in placing his field, but showed some scientific play, such as is seldom witnessed in these colonies. The Burkes Pass Club though victorious must not therefore think they are strong enough to play our Timaru team, which has easily defeated them in the last two matches but we believe that a good game might be arranged at the Show time by the Timaru Club allowing one of their country members who also belongs to the Burkes Pass Club to play for the latter. We append the scores, from which it will be seen that the Burkes Pass Club won easily by ten wickets : —

DOWN COUNTRY. 
1st Innings. 2nd Innings. 
F Shrimpton 		) Cook b McFarlane 	 0 
G Clarke, 		run out  		 3 
A Bristol 		c Smith b Rutherford 	 4 
A W Wright 		c Cooke b Rutherford 	10 
C Perry 		c Gray b McFarlane 	 7 
W Neilson 		c Cooke b Rutherford 	 2 
R Fergusson 		run out  		 0 
L McPherson		b Rutherford 		 1 
2 H Ford 		c Smith b Rutherford 	 0 
J C Gribble 		c Ensor b McFarlane 	 0 
M Mytton 		not out 		 0 
Byes 1 
Wides
31
Second Innings 27
Grand total . . 58 

The Timaru Herald, 14 October, 1876Burkes Pass. 
Ist Innings. 
R Rutherford 		0 Perry b Wright 	 1 
Ensor, 			run out  		 2 
Flint 			b Neilson 		 5 
Newton 			c Shrimpton b Perry 	 2 
Cooke 			b Neilson 		 2 
Jackson 		c Bristol b Neilson 	 0 
F Raine 		b Neilson  		 1
W C Smith 		b Bristol 		14 
McFarlane		run out  		 0 
C Raine			run out  		 0 
Leg bye 0 Byes 3 Wides 11 
49 
Second Innings 11
Grand total . . 60

Timaru Herald, 2 November 1877, Page 4 TIMARU CRICKET CLUB.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMARU HERALD
Sir, — The Cricket match between Burkes Pass and Timaru was liberally patronised by the district, and a fair share of ladies bestowed their presence to enhance the scene. It must have been noticed that carriages were taxed per horse 2s, and as these conveyances contained the ladies, it reflected no credit to the gallantry of the Timaru Cricket Club, and it would have been better vice versa as the ladies deserve reward for sitting hours in a trap exposed to a burning Nor'-wester under the necessity of having hat and ribbons disordered by the gale. Had the charge been restricted to 1s as per pedestrians, nothing could have been said. But 2s, 4s or 8s, as the number of horses should determine, was rather out of the question, and a mistake which ought to be avoided for the future.
I am, &c, Spectator. October 31.  

Timaru Herald, 17 December 1878, Page 2
CHIMO CLUB V. WINCHESTER.
A friendly match was played between the above clubs at Winchester yesterday. Owing to several of the Winchester team being engaged during the morning, play did not commence until 1 p.m. Christmas and Wise going first to the wickets on behalf of Winchester. The former with 11 and Addison, who carried his bat out for 8, were the highest scorers. Byes increased the total by 21, the tenth wicket falling for 58. King and Clemance bowled throughout the innings, and the fielding of the "Chimo" was very loose. The Chimo Club then entered upon their innings. Their first wickets fell rapidly, the fifth going for 20. The remaining batsmen, however, were more successful, W. Priest making 12, King, 9 Rice 11, doing particularly good service just when needed. Christmas and 'Roberts bowled throughout and a total of 67 was reached in the first innings. It was then decided to continue the match, and Winchester proceeded with their second innings. Roberts showed himself in good form, scoring 32, Addison again playing well for 13. The total stood at 75 for 4 wickets, when the stumps were drawn. The following are the scores of both the teams : — Oh, those ladies!. New Zealand Free Lance, 26 December 1908

WINCHESTER.— First INNINGS. 
Christmas 	b King  		11 
Wise 		b King 		 	0 
Roberts 	b King  	 	1 
H. Smith 	lbw. Clemance 	 	2 
Dunnett (captain) b Clemance  	 	1 
Beatson 	b King 		 	2
R. Smith 	b King 		 	0 
Macfarlane 	b Clemance 	 	0 
Eaton 		c Black, b King  	4 
Shakleton 	b Clemance 	 	4 
Addison 	not out  	 	8 
Byes 21 
Leg-byes ... ... ... ... 4 
Total ... 58 

CHIMO CLUB — First Innings 
Lough 		c Wise, b Christmas 	4 
Courtis 	b Christmas	 	0 
Hibbard 	b Roberts  	 	3 
Mansfield (captain) b Roberts 	 	1 
G. Priest 	run out 	 	2 
Black 		c Dunnett, b Christmas 	3 
W. Priest 	c R. Smith, b Roberts  12 
Glaason 	c Macfarlane, b Christmas  0 
King 		hit wkt., b Christmas 	 9 
Rice 		b Christmas  		11 
Clemance 	not out  	 	 4 
No balls 3 Byes 10 Leg byes ...  1 Wide balls 4 
Total 07 
WINCHESTER— Second Innings. 
Total for 4 wickets down ... 75  

Timaru Herald, 17 April 1879, Page 3 GERALDINE C.C.
MARRIED V. SINGLE
This, the closing match of the season, was played on Saturday last, and resulted, as usual, in the defeat of the single men. To the married players the game has lost nearly all its interest, in as much as they are uniformly victors. Indeed, were it not for the almost morbid interest displayed in the game by the single men so long as a chance of winning remains, it would possess no attractions to their opponents. The game this year, as will be seen by the annexed scores, ended, if anything, in a worse defeat than usual. Several of the vanquished were so chagrined by their boating as to openly express a determination to alter their " state" at an early opportunity, and so ensure playing on the winning side next year.

The Timaru Herald, 19 Oot. 1878MARRIED— First Innings
Ward, G., 4442223	c Hughes 	21 
Sherratt, 0 		b Macfarlane 	 0 
King, 0 		b Moore 	 0 
Pearpoint, 0 		b Macfarlane  	 0 
Rowe, 3135, 		b Cox 		12 
Hughes, 32111232112 	not out 	19 
Johnson, 0 		b Moore  	 0 
Yeats, 2 		b Cox 		 2 
Slack, W. U., 221 	b Macfarlane  	 5 
Dr Fish, 13 		o and b Moore 	 4
Quaid, 2 		run out 	 2 
Extras 15
Total 80 

SINGLE — First Innings
Hardcastle, J., 0 	b Pearpoint 	 0 
Dunnet, 0 		run out  	 0 
Guinness, 12 		b Howe 		 3 
F. Moore, 3 		c Slack, b Pearpoint 3 
Macfarlane, 0 		b Pearpoint  	 0 
A. Cox, 0 		run out  	 0 
Sleigh, 0 		b Bowe 		 0 
Elliot, 3 		st Rowe 	 3 
A. Preston, 1 		b Rowe 		 1 
F. Fish, 212213 	b Rowe 		11 
Dunnage, 311 		b Pearpoint 	 5 
Shaw, 0 		not out 	 0 
Extras 9 
Total 35 

TRADESMEN V. CHIMO.
The return match between the above Clubs took place on Easter Monday, at Saltwater Greek, and resulted in a decided victory for the Tradesmen, by one run and three wickets. The principal contributors to the score on the T.C.C. side were Messrs Corry, Ryland, and Frew, with 25, 17, and 13 respectively. The first-named displayed some really good play, and deserved all the praise he received from his comrades. In the bowling department, Messrs Kennedy and Burgess, in the first innings of the Chimo, were most successful ; whilst in their second innings Mr Collins proved most destructive. The only batsmen on the Chimo side to reach double figures were Messrs King and Priest, with 15 each. The principal trundlers on this side, were Messrs Clemance and King. At two o'clock both teams adjourned to Gibson's Hotel, where an excellent luncheon had been provided by the Chimos, to which ample justice was done by both teams. The usual toasts were proposed and duly responded to. After luncheon the game was resumed, and at a little after four a most enjoyable day's cricket was brought to a close by three hearty cheers being given for Captains Clemance and Kennedy, and their respective teams. The following are the scores : —

Chimo C.C.— 1st Innings 
W. King, 	st Collins, b Kennedy 	12 
H. Black, 	c Ellis, b Kennedy 	 9 
F. W. Mansfield b Kennedy 		 0
H. Clemanco (captain), b Burgess  	 0 
G. Priest 	b Burgess 		 0 
W. Rice 	b Burgess 		 0 
H. B. Courtiss 	c Bowkett, b Kennedy 	 3 
A G. Bowie	b Kennedy 		 0 
J. G. McPherson not out 		 3 
B. Hibbard 	o Frew b Burgess 	 8 
R. Foster 	b Burgess 		 0 
Byes 4 
Leg-byes 1 
Total 40 
Second Innings. Total 66 

The Timaru Herald, 9 May 1890Tradesmen's Cricket Club
First Innings 
P. Foster 	c and b Clemance 	 1 
Frew 		b King 			 0 
Burgess 	b King 			 6 
Collins 	o Bowie b King 		 1 
Corry 		b Clemance 		 8 
Kennedy (Capt.) o Courtiss b King 	 2 
H. Bowkett	b King			 0 
Ryland 		c Priest b King 	17 
Temperton 	King ... 		 4 
G. Ellis	not out 		 1 
T. Bowkett	b Clemance 		 0 
Byes 1 
Leg-byes 2 
Total 49 
Second Innings. Total 60 

Timaru Herald, 25 September 1879, Page 2
The annual meeting of the Chimo Cricket Club was held last evening, at the residence of Mr P. W. Mansfield, twelve members being present. Mr Hugh Black being voted to the chair, the Secretary, Mr J. G. Howie, read the balance sheet for the past season, showing a balance to the credit of the Club. ...As the Club has only been in existence for one year - in which they played four matches, winning three and one being drawn — much credit is due to the members for the able manner in which they have wrought together, and thus having the Club in the position which it now holds.

Timaru Herald, 7 November 1879, Page 2
Cricket.— A match will be played this afternoon at Saltwater Creek between the First eleven of the Chimo Cricket Club versus the Next Eighteen with D. Twohill as captain. The names of the sides will be as follows : — The Eleven — W. Priest (captain), H. Black, W. W. King,J.G. Bowie, F. w. Mansfield, Holmes, Perani, E. H. Lough, Tyrrell, Gordon Wood, and P. H. Clemance. Next Eighteen — D. Twohill (captain), E. Wood, C. Wood, G. Wood, G. Glasson, C. G. Vogeler, J. King, B. Foster, J. H. Jones, H. Davies, W. Davies, Gordon, Hawkins, Martin, Slater, Kerr, Anderson, and Haylock. Any members of the Club desirous of playing, and not included in the above lists, will play on the side of the Eighteen. Expresses will leave the Bank of New Zealand corner at 1 p.m. The Chimo Club meet the Winchester Club at Winchester on Monday next.

Timaru Herald, 9 April 1881, Page 2
Costume Cricket Match.— The costume cricket match, advertised to take place at Geraldine on Thursday last, passed off most successfully. The weather was beautifully fine, and a very large concourse of people assembled on the cricket ground shortly after one. The Temuka Brass Band, which had been engaged for the occasion, enlivened the proceedings, and afforded the spectators a treat not often accorded them. The players composed about two elevens, dressed up possibly not in strict keeping with their assumed characters, but in most cases grotesque enough to satisfy themselves and the onlookers. To enumerate, the different characters would take too much time, even if it were possible to do so. Clowns, niggers, and harlequins were present in great force. American Indian, Turk, and nondescript fraternised with each other in most laudable manner, especially in the intervals between the game. As a display of cricket the game was not interesting, neither was it intended to be, though the fielding of an infant, supposed to be one of twins, belied its tender years very much, and was a very creditable performance in its way. A stalwart and lengthy chief of some barbarous tribe was dial to the entreaties of his brother players to desist from slogging the ball, thereby causing an old lady and a bulky lurk to exert themselves in a manner foreign to their appearance and habits. After trying the patience of the field for some considerable time, this individual was seized and carried from the wickets by some members of the opposite side. Having played cricket as long as they cared to, the players commenced to dance on the sward to the inspiriting strains of the band, lady partners from among the spectators being nothing loth to trip it with the strangers. Dancing was kept up till dusk, when the party dispersed well pleased with their day's enjoyment. The affair passed off most successfully, the spectators coming from Waihi Bush, Temuka, Winchester, and the surrounding districts. There must have been fully 300 persons present. The surplus money subscribed and collected at the gate will be given towards the Literary Institute. In connection with the above, a ball was held in the Oddfellows' Hall in the evening, dancing being kept up till an early hour next morning.

Press, 19 January 1882, Page 2
Timaru Jan. 18th. The English cricketers arrived this morning to play a one-day's match. The weather is cool and a steady breeze is blowing. The local twenty-two went in first.

Timaru Herald, 19 January 1882, Page 2 THE ALL-ENGLAND ELEVEN IN NEW ZEALAND.
THE ELEVEN V. TWENTY-TWO OF SOUTH CANTERBURY. Following up the combat between our cricketers and the Australian Eleven, which took place in the early part of last year, our cricketers have been called upon to do battle against eleven of the best professional cricketers of England. In the former case our men were supposed to have had a good show, considering the members of the opposing team were Australian born, but in the present instance they were pitted against the flower of England. The interest therefore was much greater in this year's match than in that of last. Upon the arrival of the early morning train from Oamaru yesterday it was not surprising to find that a large number of people had assembled to give the visitors a cordial welcome. They were received by the officers of the Timaru Cricket Club, and having taken their seats in a four-in-hand drag tooled by Mr James King, which was in waiting, they were driven to the Ship Hotel. After partaking of a light collation a start was made for the ground, where they arrived shortly before 12 o'clock. Very few people were on the ground at this hour, but during the course of the afternoon the attendance improved, and about 3 p.m. nearly 1000 must have been present. The Grand Stand was well patronised during the day. The weather was more or less boisterous during the whole of the afternoon. Play commenced at twelve noon, and continued up to twenty fire minutes to six o'clock, when the Englishmen had four wickets down for 119 runs. When the fourth wicket fell some few minute, previously they were four runs ahead of their opponents. After Selby left the wicket Midwinter took his place, and negotiated the remainder of the over. In the following over the Captain of the Timaru team, owing to a ball falling amongst the spectators and interfering to a slight extent with the field, unwisely stopped play, giving as an excuse that the people were encroaching on the ground. The stoppage of the game before six o'clock created intense dissatisfaction amongst those present, as the reason given for doing so was considered a most trivial one. Shaw having won the toss, elected to send the local team to the wickets, Raymond and Courtis appearing to represent Timaru. Peate opened the bowling from the east end to Courtis, who scored 2 for a drive off the third ball. The last ball of Midwinter's over G. Raymond snicked between the wicket and attempted a run, but being smartly returned to Pilling, H.B. Courtis lost his wicket. 3-1-2. W.M. Moore took Courtis' place...

J.B. D'Emden 	b Peate 		 3
M.Thierens 	b. Midwinter 		14
F. Bethune 	b. Midwinter 		 8
C.T.H. Perry 	c. Peate, b. Midwinter 	 7
M. Shepherd 	c. Barlow, b Midwinter 	 0
C.A. Jefferson 	lbw b Peate		 0
C.S. Fraser 	b. Midwinter 		 4
W.J. Hughes 	b. Peate 	 	 2
J. Grant 	b Peate 		10
G. Andrews 	run out 		 7
E. Fowler 	b. Peate 		 7
J. Rothwell 	c. Bates, b. Peate 	 7
C. Franks 	b. Peate 		 4
W. Turner 	c. Emmet, b Midwinter 	 1
F. Jones 	not out 		 4
W. Raeves 	run out 		 5
E. Lough 	b. Midwinter 		11
J.G. Bowie 	b. Midwinter 		 0
P.H. Clemance 	b. Midwinter 		 0
Byes 6
leg-byes 1
No balls 2
Total 111

All -England
Ulyett 		c. Hughes, b. Rothwell 	 7
Barlow 		c. Andrews, b Lough 	21
Selby 		run out 		57
Shrewsbury 	not out 		32
Midwinter 	not out 		 2
byes 2
Total 119

Timaru Herald, 29 May 1882, Page 3 Geraldine
The local Cricket Club have lately made a great improvement to their ground in the public park. The oval laid off as a cricket, ground has been ploughed up, carefully levelled, and sown down with suitable grasses, and the whole enclosed by a fence. This will be found to be a great improvement, as for some reason the grass sown last season never grew well.

Timaru Herald, 5 October 1882, Page 8
The first meeting of our local Cricket Club was held in the grounds of Messrs Boyle and Reeves on Saturday last, at which nearly twenty members were present. A couple of hours' practice was indulged in, our old members not showing much form, though Mr E. Clissold showed that he had improved considerably in his bowling. An adjournment was made to the residence, where a meeting was held, the President. Mr Teschemaker, occupying the chair. In a very neat little speech he referred to the general prosperity of the Club, and while regretting that some of the members would be missed this season, congratulated the Club on the large accession to the membership. Fourteen candidates were then proposed and accepted as members of the Otaio Cricket Club. I fully expect to hear a good account of this Club during the incoming season.

Timaru Herald, 7 October 1884, Page 2
The annual general meeting of the Drapers and Clothiers Cricket Club is to be held at the Timaru Hotel this evening at half-past. seven o'clock. All members are requested to attend ns the business is of great importance.

A meeting of those interested in forming in cricket club at Pareora was held in the schoolroom last week. There was a good attendance Mr Priest was in the chair. After some discussion it was resolved that a club be formed, and that it be called the "Carlton Cricket Club." Mr Priest was elected Captain ; Mr W. Osborne, Secretary ; and Mr W. Rapsay, Treasurer. The meeting then terminated.

Fairlie Creek Cricket Club. — A meeting of this newly constituted Club was held on Saturday evening, when it was decided to buy five and a half acres of land near the school from Mr Donald McLean. The land is to be fenced, ploughed and laid down in grass forthwith, and it is to be hoed that the Club will have a first-class ground to play on next season. Messrs J. E. Goodwin, A. McLean, F. R. Gillingham and C. Colborne, together with the Hon. Secretary (Mr Geo. Parker) were appointed a General Committee. It is proposed to hold a concert in about three weeks' time to augment the Club's finances.

Timaru Herald, 22 January 1885, Page 2
Fairlie Creek. — A meeting of the Fairlie Creek Sports Committee was held on Saturday evening, January 17th, Mr Jas. Milne in the chair. Mr Goodwin having, on behalf of the Fairlie Creek Cricket Club, interviewed the Committee with reference to the amalgamation of the two Clubs, the matter was discussed, and it was resolved — "That the Fairlie Creek Athletic Club amalgamate with the Cricket and Football Clubs;" "That the ground selected by the Cricket Club be called the Fairlie Creek Athletic Club ground ;" "That ten shillings be the annual subscription to the Club." It was proposed that the date of holding the sports be altered from New Year's Day, the date to be fixed at a future meeting. A public meeting is to be held on February 7th, to enrol members, and elect officers and Committee of the new amalgamated Club. — At a meeting of the Cricket Club held recently, Mr J. E. Goodwin was elected captain vice Mr A. H. McLean, resigned, and Mr F. R. Gillingham was elected deputy captain in place of Mr Goodwin. Mr George Parker, the Hon. Secretary and Treasurer, having resigned, Mr E. G. Wilson was elected to fill the vacancy. — A cricket match has been arranged between the Fairlie Creek Cricket Club and a team from Albury, to be played at Fairlie Creek on Saturday next. The following have been selected to play for Fairlie Creek : — Messrs J. E. Goodwin (captain), F. Gillingham, Geo. Hamilton, D. Hamilton, Hellum, A. H. McLean, — Parker, A. Raine, — Rivers, H. Snushall, and — Watkins.

Timaru Herald, 29 March 1887, Page 2
A cricket match between the Herald C.C. and the High School C.C. took place on Saturday afternoon at the Saltwater Creek, and resulted in another win for the school, this time by four tickets. Turnbull winning the toss sent the pressmen in, their first innings resulting in a total of 42 runs, the highest scorer being Butler with a well played fifteen. In their second the Herald made a very indifferent stand, the total being only 8 runs. The scholars put 33 together at their first attempt, Rees with a freely-played 7 being top scorer. He also headed the list in the second innings with 11. Rees and Hart divided honours in the bowling, so far as wickets were concerned, and Ives handled the leather most successfully for the Herald team. The fielding of both teams was good, and Turnbull and Roper fully deserved all the compliments they got for their excellent wicket keeping.

Timaru Herald, 18 August 1887, Page 2
To-day the return match Bankers and Lawyers v. the World will be played on the S.C.A.A. Club's ground. The following will compose the Bankers and Lawyers team : — Davney, Wood, Fish, Perry, Mathias, Stubbs, Goodall, Black, Withers, Mackay, Tosswill, Macintosh, LeCren, Chisholm, and Malcolmson. As the game cannot commence before 3,30, players are requested to be punctual. South Canterbury Amateur Athletic Club.

Timaru Herald, 11 May 1888, Page 3 FAREWELL TO MR M. J. GODBY.
About fifty gentlemen, members of the Bar at Timaru, and of the Temuka, and Waimate cricket and football clubs, met at the dining room of the Club Hotel last evening, to entertain Mr M. J. Godby, who is about to leave on a visit to England. For a smoke concert the tables were exceedingly well laid out, and the waiting, under Mr Juleff, was very good indeed.
By the request of the chairman, Messrs D'Emden, Raymond, and W. Hughes, made special reference to Mr Godby's connection with cricket in South Canterbury. Mr D'Emden said that for the past 10 years Mr Godby had been the moving spirit in cricket, and amongst other things had had the Timaru ground brought to as near perfection as possible. Mr Raymond said the remarks about Mr ' Godby's fostering care of cricket must be endorsed by all. He had been the life and soul of cricket of South Canterbury, and he was sure they would not look on his like again. He had brought cricket to the highest pitch, and everyone knew who had played with him that, if ever a match had to be pulled out of the fire, and Mr Godby was wanted, he was there, and with his aid they always succeeded in winning.
Mr Hughes endorsed all that had been said, and added that now they were losing Mr Godby, cricketers must all put their shoulders to the wheel, and keep the ball rolling. Mr Rothwell also bore testimony to the great good Mr Godby had done for cricket. Mr Godby then rose. He said it had given him the greatest pleasure to meet them that evening — among them being cricketers representing all classes of the community. He looked upon the meeting, and what they had said about him as a great tribute to his residence here. He had had the honour of being their captain for years, and if in the course of a game he had said a hasty word to any of them, he asked that they would overlook it, for he had ever spoken to them for their good. They had had a successful season so far as it went, but cricket had suffered to a certain extent simply because they had had no enemies to conquer outside. All cricketers know that home games got wearisome, but the fact was that despite all efforts they could not get a foreign match played. The club had been hauled over the coals in the Press for not having played foreign matches. He had explained in the Press why this came about, and he hoped that the representatives of the Press present that evening would accept his word again that night; that all efforts had been made to arrange foreign matches, but that through no fault of the club, they had failed. From the club could be picked as fine a team as was in the colony and next year he trusted that the Press would let the public see fully what the club was doing, not "sit down " and write notes hardly in accordance with facts. Mr Godby then spoke of the lack of encouragement given to cricket at our public schools, and gave a humourous description of the " fagging " he had done at school, and of the thrashings he got when he had not fielded properly. But in this enlightened country, he added, if a boy was thrashed for anything, the master was hauled before a magistrate and fined 20s. Still the fact that cricket was not taught at our schools was not the fault of the boys, it was the fault of the country in not seeing that decent cricket grounds were attached to every school. He asked, for instance, what did Sir Robert Stout know about cricket or football ; and trusted that in electing future members to the House, young New Zealand would take care to elect men who knew something of sport. He then once more heartily thanked them for the most cordial reception they had given him that evening. Toasts of "Cricket," "Kindred Sports," "The Officials," "The Ladies," and " The Press " followed, and were ably proposed and responded to. Songs and recitations were given by several gentlemen during the evening, and the most pleasant gathering ever held at the Club broke up shortly after 10 o'clock. 

Timaru Herald, 17 October 1889, Page 2
Otago Witness
24 October 1889, Page 27 Notes by Jack
The annual meeting of the Timaru Bowling Club was held on the 15th, Mr Arthur Perry in the chair, at the Grosvenor Hotel. The balance sheet showed that the rather large deficiency of last year was now reduced to the small sum of £7 7s. The following officers were elected for the year : — President, Mr Samuel A. Bristol ; vice-presidents, Messrs A. Perry, A. R. Spalding, and Dr Reid; hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr R. R. Taylor; committee— Messrs Cook, Priest, Mee, Sims, and Gillman. Messrs C. Bourne, George F. Clulee, W. P. Sutton, and D. M'Laren were elected members of the club. It was decided to open the season on the first Thursday in November with a match between sides chosen by the president and vice-president. The club now numbers over 40 members, is in a good financial position, and the ground is in better order than in previous years, so that the members are looking forward to a very successful season. A special vote of thanks was passed to Dr Reid for the great amount of trouble he had put himself to getting the lawn into good order for the coming season.

Timaru Herald, Thursday 14 November 1889
A meeting of those in the formation of a junior Cricket Club for Timaru was held Wednesday. It was decided the club be formed and called the Colonial Cricket Club. The election of officers resulted as follows: - Captain, G. Thompson; vice-captain, J. Price; secretary W. Mackay; treasurer, J. Proctor; committee, the above officers and Wade, and J. McIntosh.

Timaru Herald, 19 February 1890, Page 3
NEW SOUTH WALES V. SOUTH CANTERBURY.
The above match, m which a representative South Canterbury eleven did battle against an eleven from the sister colony of New South Wales was commenced on the South Canterbury Athletic Club's grounds at 11 o'clock yesterday morning. The weather was dull, but fairly, warm; and the attendance fair, the ladies especially gracing the occasion by attending in goodly numbers. Afternoon tea was dispensed by Mrs Cecil Perry, Miss Perry, Miss Archer, and other ladies, and was voted quite jolly. The playground looked well from afar, but the pitch was not good, the southern wicket especially kicking very vigorously. The toss of the coin being m the visitors' favour, Davies sent the local men in, boundary hits and a decision to play till 630 p.m. if necessary being first agreed to. ...The local men were weak on change bowlers, but the display by Hughes and Bristol was very satisfactory. Messrs. W. B. Lindsay and Davies, senior acted as umpires for South Canterbury and New South Wales respectively.

Timaru Herald, 29 September 1892, Page 3
The annual general meeting of the Timaru Cricket Club was held in the Club Hotel last night, when there was a good attendance of members. Mr C. T. H. Perry occupied the chair. The minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed, and the balance sheet as presented by the secretary showing a debit balance of £4 1s 9d, was adopted. The secretary reported that the committee had, after the close of last season, met delegates of the Oamaru Cricket Club and discussed certain proposals for the formation of a cricket association, comprising clubs between Ashburton and Palmerston to be called the Waitaki Cricket Association. It was decided that the Timaru Cricket Club should join the union, and Mr C. A. Jefferson was elected as the club's representative on the council of the association. To meet the deficit it was decided that a fancy dress ball be held at the earliest practicable opportunity, and the following ball committee were appointed to carry out all necessary arrangements: — Messrs Melville Gray, Wicksteed, G Jones, Postlethwaite, Raymond, J. H. Smith, Malcolmson, and Jefferson. The following new members were elected : — Messrs A.C. Blake, McGill, C. Buchanan, C.W. Mullins, James Turnbull, B. Jonas, Thomas, and Cooke. The election of officers resulted as follows : — President, Mr S. A. Bristol ; vice-president, Mr W.S. Lindsay : captain, Mr C. A. Jefferson, vice-captain, Mr J. H. Smith ; secretary and treasurer, Mr Malcolmson ; match and ground committee, Messrs Jefferson, Smith, and Postlethwaite ; general committee, Messrs Postlethwaite, C. Perry, Raymond, Mullins, Wicksteed and McGill.

Timaru Herald, 19 March 1895, Page 3
A match was played between the Kingsdown and Beaconsfield clubs on Saturday, on the grounds of the latter. Owing to the late start, the match ended in a draw, in favour of Kingsdown. The scores were; Kingsdown 57, Beaconsfield 36 for 7 wicket 3. For Kingsdown W. M. Yates and A. Wyatt were the principal scorers, knocking up 32 between them. W. Hoare contributed the bulk of the runs for Beaconsfield and W. Ward and D. Priest fielded well.

Timaru Herald, 30 September 1895, Page 3
The annual general meeting of the United Cricket Club was held in the Star Rooms on Friday. There was a fair attendance of members. The annual report and balance sheet (which showed that the club had gone through a successful season in the cup competition) were adopted. The balance sheet showed that the club's finances were not in a very flourishing condition, being about £5 on the wrong side of the ledger ; but the chairman stated that this year, which will not be so expensive as last, it was expected to wipe off the deficiency, and have a substantial balance in hand. The following were elected officers for the ensuing year - President, Mr Moss Jonas ; vice-presidents, Messrs W. Ballantyne, D. Mahoney, F. Smith, G. Strachan, D. Davies, J. Radcliffe, and G. W. Ellis ; captain, Mr E. Grey ; deputy captain, Mr C. N. Macintosh ; secretary and treasurer, Mr S. A. Boys ; general committee, officers ex office, and Messrs A. F. Boys, E. H. Rapsey, and S. Anderson ; delegate to the S. C. Cricket Association, Mr C. N. Macintosh (re-elected). The annual subscription was fixed at 5s, and 6d a week from time of opening match. The opening day was left in the hands of the committee to deal with. After passing a vote of thanks to the Star Football Club for loan of meeting room, the meeting terminated.

Timaru Herald, 22 January 1896, Page 3
The team to play for the United Cricket Club against the Wesleyan Cricket Club on Thursday afternoon will be selected from the following : -Grey (captain), Pocknall, Lightband, Boys, Grant (2), Stoddart, Anderson, Blackwell, Powell, Priest, Brown, Burford, M'Duff, Penrose (2). The following will play to-morrow for Timaru second against Zealandia:— Balfour, Buchanan, Chisholm, Corurtis, Fraser, Knubley, Raymond, Reid, Salenger, White and Wood ; emergency, Stedman.

Timaru Herald, 14 October 1897, Page 3 SOUTH CANTERBURY CRICKET ASSOCIATION
The annual meeting was held at Temuka, when delegates representing Timaru, Temuka, Waimate, Winchester and Zealandia Clubs were present. The following officers were appointed: Mr A.E.G. Rhodes, D.L. Inwood, C.T.H. Perry, R. T. W. Sircombe, E. C. Studholme, P. Wareing, and G. P. Wood, vice-presidents ; and Mr G. W. Armitage, hon. secretary and treasurer. It was resolved that any player playing in two senior cup fixtures be regarded as a senior player, and can only afterwards play as a junior with the consent of the association. Two rounds of the junior cup matches, home and home, were agreed to be played.

Timaru Herald, 18 October 1898, Page 3
The annual general meeting of the Winchester Cricket Club was held in the Wolseley Hotel on Saturday evening. Mr T. L. Hart occupied the chair, and there was a good attendance. In the absence of Mr Denby, the former secretary and treasurer, the chairman read the annual balance sheet, which was adopted. The club commences the season with a small credit balance, and a considerable quantity of cricketing material. The following officers were elected for the current year : — Patron, Mr A. E. G. Rhodes ; president, Mr W. DeRenzy ; vice-presidents, Messrs F. R. Flatman, M.H.R., T. Langdon, R Smith, D.L. Inwood, S. J. Mitchins, J. Opie, A. L. Barker, M. Milburn, and Majors Wright and Young; captain, Mr T. L. Hart ; vice-captain, Mr R. N. Hawkes ; hon. secretary, Mr G. Steven ; hon. treasurer, Mr W. Harrison ; general committee, Messrs F. W. Shallard, W. Moore, A. Opie, A. Hawke, and J. P. Kalaugher ; selection committee, captain, vice-captain, and hon. secretary. The annual subscription wan fixed at 5s, and 2s 6d for those under 18 years. It was decided to hold a social in aid of the funds of the club, and Messrs A. Hawke, W. Moore, and J. Shallard were appointed as a committee to carry it out. The secretary was instructed to ask the Temuka Club to play the first cup match on the 21st inst. instead of the 28th inst., as the Timaru show is held on that week. The meeting closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman.

Timaru Herald, 4 October 1899, Page 3 ZEALANDIA CLUB.
The annual general meeting of the Zealandia Cricket Club wan held at Werry's Hotel last evening. The balance sheet, which showed the finances of the club to be in a satisfactory condition, was adopted after a short discussion. The following office-bearers were elected : — Patron-Hon. V. Hall-Jones; President—Mr G. P. Wood; vice-presidents Messrs Macintosh, Pratt, Turnbull, Priest (all re-elected;, and M. Shepherd ; captain— S. Shrimpton ; vice-captain- F. Malcolmson ; secretary — D. Shaw; committee to consist of captain, vice-captain, secretary, and Messrs Philp, Jones, Dalgleish and Eraser. It was decided to join the Cricket Association, to play in junior matches, and the secretary was appointed delegate. The opening day is to be left in the hands of the committee, and is to be advertised. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to a lady well wisher who had offered a trophy to the club for the highest bowling average. The following new members were elected : — Messrs Anderson, Hendry, McNattie, Powell, Mayo, Davie, Palmer, and Andrews. A vote of thanks to the chairman closed the meeting.

Otago Witness, 19 February 1891, Page 27
The return match between the Timaru and Oamaru Clubs was played at Timaru on Saturday. The weather was very bad, and the the wicket completely sodden. The Timaru Club, going first to the wickets, scored 121 (A. O. Perry 61, Raymond 10). Parry has lately played many good innings, but undoubtedly this was the finest exhibition, and stands ahead of anything done this season on the Timaru ground. Oamaru lost five wickets for 14 before time was drawn, Bristol (four for 10) doing great execution with his fast bowling. The match was drawn.

Grey River Argus, 26 February 1903, Page 3 LORD HAWKE'S CRICKET TEAM
The South Canterbury Match. Timaru, February 25.
The match Lord Hawke's eleven v South Canterbury 18 opened to-day before 1600 people. The weather was beautifully fine. The Englishmen batted first and knocked up 172 — Bosanquet 40, Burnup 26, Dowson 25, Leatham 23 Stanning 19. Fane, Taylor and Thompson failed to score. South Canterbury knocked up 81 Barron making 32 and Jefferson 11. Half a dozen failed to score. In the second innings the Englishmen lose 1 wicket for 13. The match will be concluded tomorrow.

New Zealand Tablet, 26 November 1903, Page 19
The boys of the Marist Brothers' School played two cricket matches during the week, one against the Timaru Main School on Friday, the other against the Waimate public school on Saturday, winning the former by an innings and 38 runs and the latter by an innings and 14 runs. The boys are well coached by Brother Martin.

Grey River Argus, 16 January 1905, Page 3 Ladies Cricket Match
A cricket match was played on the Camp Reserve on Saturday afternoon between teams representing the Timaru Convent and The Mawhera Ladies Cricket Club. Timaru won the toss and elected to bat first and piled up 26 runs before the last wicket fell. (Miss White 13, Miss M'Guinness 6, Miss A. Hannan 3, Miss K. Campbell 1 Miss E. Hannan 0, Miss M. Campbell 0 not out), and in the second innings they were all disposed of for 16, each making only a few runs. Miss K. Campbell for Timaru and Miss E. Kemple for Mawhera were, the most successful trundlers. The Mawhera team were very good in the field in the second innings, Miss Kemple giving a splendid display and bringing off four brilliant catches. Dainty refreshments were provided and dispensed by the members of the Mawhera Club.

New Zealand Tablet, 7, 15 February 1906, Page 19
February 12. Timaru. Great satisfaction is felt here at the steady improvement which our parish priest is making at Rotorua. The Sacred Heart Convent commenced its scholastic year on Tuesday, the fifth. The number of boarders was in excess of the closing term last year. His Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne, his Lordship Bishop Higgins, of Ballarat, and Bishop Grimes will arrive here to-morrow (Tuesday), and will leave by the first express on Wednesday for the south. The Children of Mary and members of the Catechism of Perseverance class held a most enjoyable garden party in the convent grounds on Thursday. Cricket, croquet, and other lawn games were indulged in. Afternoon tea was dispensed under the trees and proved very acceptable.

West Coast Times
, 23 March 1906, Page 4
MELBOURNE CLUB V. SOUTH CANTERBURY. Timaru, March 22
The Melbourne team beat South Canterbury by nine wickets. The local men made 98 in each innings. The visitors made 166 in their first innings and 41 for one wicket in their second innings. Armstrong and Ransford (both not out) made 20 apiece.

Otago Witness, 28 March 1906, Page 56
Warwick Armstrong is having greatness thrust upon him. The big Victorian cricketer, after leaving Dunedin and going to Timaru is credited in that city with having hit a ball in the South Canterbury match into a nursery garden fully quarter of a mile away. All the present writer wishes to know is if the said nursery garden lies in a hollow.

Hawera & Normanby Star, 24 December 1910, Page 5
CANTERBURY REP. MATCH. TIMARU, Dec 23.
In the cricket match between Canterbury and South Canterbury, the latter made 81 in the second innings. The visitors (260) won by an innings and 54 runs.

Grey River Argus, 1 April 1911, Page 6
The senior cricket competitions wound up on Thursday. The Celtic (two year club) 21 points, Timaru 20, South End 8, Temuka 3. The Celtic also won the junior.

Evening Post, 2 January 1912, Page 8
Timaru, This day. Owing to the renewed heavy rain the Caledonian sports have been abandoned, the Oval being under water. The weather has been very unsettled for months past, and the heavy rain off and on marred the festive season.

Timaru Herald, 9 October 1914, Page 6
The Timaru Cricket Club had a good muster at their first practice game on the Park wicket yesterday. The Celtic Club also opened the season with a good attendance, and the newly formed C.F.C.A. Club had a practice game on the Main School ground.  

Men's One-Day - Canterbury v Otago clash at the Aorangi Oval.
The Canterbury Wizards play the Otago Volts in this domestic Men's one-day cricket match at Aorangi Park in Timaru 31st December 2009. The 2009/10 NZ men’s one-day competition features the six New Zealand provincial associations. The one-day season will include eight rounds of competition play with the top teams progressing on to the finals, with preliminary finals, a semi-final and final and the final on Sunday 21 February 2010. The groundsman knows how to prepare a consistent pitch, to be quite fast, have good carry, and there to be a bit of spin near the end of each innings. Get the covers off. Give it a mow. Repaint the lines. Re-mark the 30-metre circle. Get the sight screens out. Check the boundary again! Within half an hour before the game you give the pitch a seven-minute roll. Preparation of the pitch is meticulous and scientific. Take a lot of core samples out of the pitch and do a bulk density test, take wee samples out, divide them into thirds, weigh them and then microwave them to get all the moisture out, weigh them again, do some math and figure out how hard the pitch is. Do a lot of watering and a lot of slow rolling. You want the batting team to get 290 runs and for it to be a close game. Canterbury amassed a record New Zealand one-day domestic score of 410 for 5. Otago were brave in reply, scoring 371 for 7.  1500 spectators lined the grassy embankments.

Hagley Park 1851
Hagley Park, was set aside as a reserve forming the western boundary of Christchurch before the town was even inhabited. It was named after the country estate of Lord Lyttelton, chairman of the Canterbury Association. Edward Jollie, who drew up the plan for Christchurch. Town Reserves, Hagley Park and the Government Domain (now the Botanic Gardens) were included as part of the Canterbury Association's plan for the settlement. Approximately 500 acres on the west of the central town area is shown as the site of Hagley Park in a map of Christchurch dated 1850.

Lyttelton Times, Volume I, Issue 50, 20 December 1851, Page 6
The anniversary of the arrival of the first colonists was duly observed on Tuesday last, December 16. Hagley Park was chosen as the scene of the amusements in which the settlers celebrated what was probably the most important and interesting epoch of their lives. It was difficult to believe that that occasion was not much more remote than a mere twelvemonth, so English was the appearance presented by that part of the great grassy plain in which the revellers assembled themselves : the scene bore no unapt resemblance to the open air holiday-making in the neighbourhood of some country town at home. Two points of the picture were, however, widely different. Here was a vast tract of level country, over which to range, room in abundance for any diversion ; at home a small common must most probably have sufficed. Nor were the enjoyments of the well-disposed marred by any of those breaches of law and order which are too frequent on similar occasions in the old country.
The day commenced with a Cricket Match, as previously arranged, between eleven of the Christchurch Cricket Club, and eleven working men, upon the excellent prepared ground of the club. The game was played at first rather tamely, but the players soon began to enter into it with spirit. The working men had the first innings, and the morning was over before it closed. After a short pause for refreshment, the match was resumed, and was continued until the evening, the working men getting a second innings. We give below the score as far as the match was played. WORKING MENs ELEVEN. vs C.C.C.
    As a sequel to the Amusements of the day, an excellent dinner was served up in the evening at the White Hart Inn. The company was, however, by no means so numerous as the repast provided for them deserved; attributable, perhaps, to the liberal exercise of private hospitality which distinguished many of the standard inhabitants of Christchurch. But though few, the guests were remarkably united and friendly, and so enjoyed themselves in no small degree. Mr. E. J. Wakefield presided. After the cloth was removed, the usual loyal toasts, together with "The first settlers," "The C.C.C.," " The working-men players," and among others, "the health of the Chairman," were drunk with all the honours.
    But the diversions did not entirely terminate with the day. On Wednesday the workingmen met to play a game at cricket among themselves, a shooting-match also took place, and a gratuitous dinner was given by the landlord of the White Hart Inn. A ball at the Golden Fleece on Thursday may be said to have concluded the recreations with which they who not long since were Canterbury pilgrims, wore off the keen edge of toil, and nerved themselves to make a second anniversary prosperous in a tenfold degree.  


Timaru Milling Company card W.A. Hadlee, 1947What is this game? www.aorakimedia.ac.nz/student-work-mainmenujourn-73/pete/410-peter-oneill.htm
Cricket for dummies

The cricket season is in full swing.
We know this because the rugby season is in full swing.
One day, we’ll be able to go and watch both sports.
On the same day.
At the same ground.
They’ll be so much entertainment, we’ll have to go home for a good lie down.
But backing up a bit, because the cricket season is in full swing, I’d like to relay a conversation I had recently in a bar with an American. There was a test match on the telly.
Him: What is this game?
Me: Cricket.
Him: I have no idea what’s happening. Could you explain it?
Me: When does your passport expire?
But how hard could it be? So I start.
``Each team has 11 players.’’
``Okay.’’
``But for half the game only two players from one team are allowed to play, and for the other half …’’
I’ve lost him already.
``Okay, okay … forget that. I’ll start again. The aim of the game is to get more runs than the other team.’’
``Runs, what are runs?’’
``They’re like points.’’
``Okay. How do you get runs?’’
``Well, each batter (I try terms he’ll understand) gets a run when he hits the ball and runs to the other end of the pitch.’’
``Pitch?’’
``Wicket. The mowed bit of grass in the middle.’’
``Oh, ok. So what are those sticks out there on the wicket.’’
``Umm, wickets.’’
He looks puzzled.
``Don’t worry,’’ I say. ``For now, let’s call those sticks stumps.’’
His brow furrows some more. It looks like he wants to say something, but I jump in.
``Actually, you don’t have to hit the ball to get a run. If you miss it, and the wicket … sorry … stumpkeeper misses it as well, you can run then too.’’
At this point up on the telly the umpire signals a four. Unfortunately, the umpire is Billy Bowden.
``Is that guy all right?’’ my new friend asks.
``Yes, he’s just signaling a four.’’
``A four?’’
``Yes, you get four runs if you hit the ball over that rope there.’’
``But they didn’t run.’’
``No, they don’t have to. It’s a reward for hitting the rope.’’
I’m hoping here that no-one hits a six, but my friend has moved on.
``So if batters don’t have to run if they hit the ball to the rope, why don’t they hit it to the rope all the time?’’
``Because the people with the ball bowl googlies, yorkers and bouncers.’’
``Is that cheating?’’
``Yes.’’
I elaborate.
``To be fair, the bowler is trying to get the batter who is in, out.’’
We both have a drink.
``How does he do that?’’
``Simple really. He can bowl him out, which means he knocks the sticks over with the ball. Or someone in his team can catch the batter out, or run him out.
``Or they can stump him, or the bowler can get him out leg before wicket.’’
My American is starting to look around the room for exit signs. But he can’t help himself.
``So, the bowler’s teammates are the ones standing around all over the place?’’
``Yep.’’
``And do they have positions, like short-stop and quarter-back?’’
``Sure,’’ I say. ``Like that one standing there is called fine leg, and over there is third man, he’s short leg, silly mid-on is there and the guy beside the stumpkeeper is leg slip.’’
Incredibly, he doesn’t even ask what these mean. Instead, he asks how people know when someone has won the game. I think he wants to go and lie down.
``Well, they don’t usually, because after the weekend the spectators all have to go back to work and no-one actually gets to see a whole game.’’
``Now ya’ll just joshing me,’’ he says. ``Like, how many runs does a team get … 15 or 20 or something.’’
``Hell no, about 400 or 500.’’
``Then what?’’
``The other team goes in, and tries to get more than that.’’
``And then the team with the most runs wins,’’ he enthuses, as if he now understands the whole thing.
``Not quite. The first team then goes back in to get some more runs, and once they are all out again the second team goes back in until they are all out.’’
``And all this takes how long?’’
``Five days.’’
``Now you’re just being ridiculous.’’
``No, no … honest.’’
``So what’s happening here then?’’
The players are leaving the field, shaking hands all around.
``The game’s over,’’ I say.
``So who won?’’
``No-one. It was a draw.’’
``AFTER FIVE DAYS.’’
``Yep.’’
There is silence. We both stare blankly at the screen. The Super 14 rugby comes on.
``Would you like to know the rules of this game?’’
``Sure I would,’’ he says, ``but first I have to go to the bathroom’’.
I never did see him again.


Glossary  
Bye
: a bye is a run scored by the batting team when the ball has not been hit by the batsman and the ball has not hit the batsman's body
Duck: In cricket, a duck is a batsman's dismissal for a score of zero. Barnett, after breaking his duck's egg with a 2, allowed one of D'Emden's balls to interview his stumps, and gave place to Hamersley. Fenwick, Smith, and Maude, though they tried their level best, did not succeed in breaking their duck's eggs. Brownlee played Hopkins on for a duck.
Extra
: is a run scored by a means other than a batsman hitting the ball.
Overs:  Each of the two innings is broken up by "overs", with the bowler sending six balls towards the batter per over. The shortest form of competitive cricket offers each team to bat for up to 20 overs. After six balls have been bowled from one wicket the umpire calls "Over", and the field is reversed to slight positional changes at the discretion of the captain or the bowler. These overs continue to be bowled from alternative ends until the eleven batsmen have been disposed of and the other team comes into bat.
LBW:  A batsman can be out 'leg before wicket" when his legs have been struck by a ball that normally would have struck his wicket. A batsman can also be bowled out, caught out, run out i.e. have his wicket hit by the ball while he is attempting to score a run or he maybe stumped out which happens when he rashly steps out of his crease to strike the ball and misses, enabling the wicket keeper to whip off the bails. He can also be out, knocking off the bails with his own bat.
Leg bye: is a run scored by the batting team when the batsman has not hit the ball with his bat, but the ball has hit the batsman's body or protective gear.
Wide: A ball being delivered too far from the batsman to strike it. When a wide is bowled the batting team are awarded a run.

Timaru Herald, 4 June 1904, Page 3 The Decadence of British Sport
It is wholly unworthy the fair fame of a country which once taught the world the true principles and the educational value of sport. Under the baneful influence of gate money and professionalism we are losing that predominance of physical fibre and athletic temperament which was once our own. Cricket is ceasing to be a pastime. To excel requires concentration of time and effort which few can afford. Soon there will be no "gentlemen" left good enough to play at all, for everyone will be strenuously earning an income by means of what was once a pleasant pastime. If country-house cricket is already on the wane, those delightful games we used to see upon the village green have almost completely disappeared.  

Timaru Herald, 8 October 1910, Page 4 SOME GENERAL NOTES.
By "Enthusiast." With the closing weeks of September and the dawn of October, wakes the sporting instinct in the breasts of all true, loving supporters of healthy outdoor exercise. In the first place let us take the angler who for the past month has been busily preparing his rod and tackle for the fray. Unlike other sporting enthusiasts he has no such thing as consistent training to go through before he can commence his favourite pastime with confidence. That this is the case, was strongly exemplified by one of our local anglers securing a basket of no less than 25 fish on the opening day of the season. Now let us take our tennis, rowing, cricket, bowling, and our other athletic friends who are just commencing a thorough and systematis training at their favourite pastime so that they may be able to uphold the prestige of their club, when they go forth to do friendly battle with their rivals. October practically sees the beginning of warm weather or summer games, and I think this an opportune time to drop a few useful hints as to the main points which are essential in bringing the standard of any bowling, rowing. tennis, cricket, or any other athletic club up to; what is considered the first-class standard. Of course athletes are not all stars, and most of our sporting and athletic clubs are troubled with more than a fair percentage of "drones" that is to say, members who are always there at the talking part of their club's management, but are weighed in the balance and found wanting, when their duties-entail some self-denial and wholehearted devotion to careful and systematic training, or the encouragement and instruction of the recruits in their ranks. Finally let me remind you one and all to avoid petty wrangling with your clubmates or in committee, as this the greatest cancer pure sport has to contend with. And when you run your clubs with good feeling and friendship you are doing a great deal to improve the sport both socially as well as athletically.

Auckland Star, 23 September 1939, Page 3
SING A SONG OF CRICKETERS.
Sing a song of cricketers, playing in the sun,
Eleven men and two men, and two who never run,
Playing on a county ground, or on a village green,
In summer they are seen.

Sing a song of umpires, standing there so still,
One to tell the over and to curb the bowler's will,
One to stare the stumper down, or make the batsmen go,
When either is too slow.

Sing a song of bowlers, wily with the ball,
Tossing slow deceivers, that have a spinning fall,
Hurling swift and venomous, the balls that beat the bat,
And they cry, "How's that?"

Sing a song of batsmen, happy in their play,
A week ago a hundred, and out for more to-day,
Scoring by a boundary or scampering for one,
In joy the moment's gone.

Sing a song of fieldsmen, keeping down the score,
The lone men in the long field, to race to save a four,
Others crouched behind the crease, to catch, or merely stop,
(And some of them they drop).

Sing a song of cricketers, playing in the sun,
Eleven men and two men, and two who never run,
Playing on a county ground on a village green,
In summer they are seen.
H. W. Timperley.

South Canterbury NZGenWeb Project

The Day I won't forget- the Lincoln College 1st XI all survived the Wahine disaster- Easter Weekend 1968 April 10th. A 19-year-old Otago University student at the time, Mr Parker was travelling with the university's cricket team for a summer tournament in Palmerston North. "There was no panic. Murray Parker, played test cricket for New Zealand in the 1970s, ate age 28, he was an elegant right handed batsman. He was a Timaru Boys' High School teacher who used to coach the first 11.

Timaru Herald, 25 August 1917, Page 5
SPORTSMEN IN PARADISE.
They left the fury of the fight,
And they were very tired;
The gates of heaven were open quite
Unguarded and unwired.
There was no sound of any gun,
The land was still and green,
Wide hills lay silent in the sun,
Blue valleys slept between.
They saw far off a little wood
Stand up against the sky,
Knee-deep in grass; a great tree stood.
Some lazy kine went by ...
There were some rooks sailed overhead,
And once a church bell pealed.
"God, but it's England.'" someone said.
"And there's a cricket field."
—Tupica in the Westminster Gazette."