Sutcliffe in sublime form
MCC won by an innings and 44 runs - Scorecard
Tate made his first appearance for the tourists and did excellent work by disposing of Bill, Bradman, Kippax and McCabe for 53. Allen bowled at a great pace and was most effective against the later batsmen; in fact, Fingleton and McCabe were the only two to offer any real resistance. McCabe monopolised the scoring while he was in and at one period hit Verity four times in succession to the boundary. Showing a very strong defence, Fingleton was in for four hours and 36 minutes. He is very quick on his feet and a great off-side player. At the close of the first day's cricket MCC had scored 6 for 0.
Saturday's play went entirely in favour of MCC, who made 339 for 4. Wyatt, who if never quite at home to O'Reilly, batted more freely than usual and helped Sutcliffe to put up 140 for the first wicket. Hammond failed, but Pataudi assisted Sutcliffe in a stand of 133. At the close of play Sutcliffe had made 157 not out, his only chance being a very difficult one at 48.
Sutcliffe's great innings came to a close when he attempted to turn Hird, a young googly howler, who tossed the ball well up, to leg; but Ames, after batting very solidly for his first 50, hit out well and made his last 40 in 52 minutes, adding 100 for the eighth wicket with Voce an MCC record v NSW. Ames was dropped at square leg by McCabe when 34. Facing a deficit of 257 NSW began their second innings badly by losing three wickets for 68 before stumps were drawn.
The last day's play was notable for some fierce hitting by Cummins, who rather spoilt Voce's analysis, hitting 25 off two overs from the Notts man. Owing to illness Oldfield was unable to keep wicket and Love was allowed to take his place. Although able to bat, Bradman was handicapped by a slight chill.