Thursday, February 18, 2010

09Jul1870, Eton Cricket

LONDON, July 9th, 1870.
F. and I were at Lord's from 12.30 to the end ; the Eton 2nd innings was scrubby, all but the 1st 4 scores, and Harrow had 136 to get ; to my infinite delight and excitement, they were beaten by 21 runs, the last wicket falling about 6 o'clock. The really beautiful fielding of Eton (Arthur at long-leg one of the best) had a good deal to do with it ; 6 men were caught out. One bowler (Tollemache) was good ; not so the others. The Harrow bowling and batting both excellent, tho' I could not admire the style ; their fielding, Papa would say, was "fishy." Said Papa stalked off at the end of the Eton 2nd innings, when Arthur took his bat for only 5 (including a good hit for 3), thinking defeat inevitable.

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