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MCC 199 and 110 for 6 beat New South Wales 180 and 128 by four wickets
Many leading players were absent from both elevens, for while MCC left out Jardine, Allen, Sutcliffe, Voce, Larwood and Paynter, New South Wales were without O'Reilly, Oldfield, McCabe, Hird, Bill and Theak. The match was naturally robbed of much of its importance, but about 25,000 were present on the opening day when the home side made 169 for 5 after losing their first four wickets for 68 runs. The feature of the opening day's play was the partnership of 101 between Brown, aged 19, and Rowe, a left-handed batsman who is only 17, and some excellent bowling by Mitchell, who began by taking three wickets for 12 runs. Brown, who took three hours over his runs, made some beautiful cuts and was strong on the leg side. Rowe scored much more rapidly, and when play was abandoned for the day owing to bad light, had scored 67 in 74 minutes. Earlier in the afternoon rain caused the cricket to be held up for three quarters of an hour.
On the second day, on a rain-damaged wicket, the batsmen found runs very difficult to obtain. The last five NSW wickets fell for 11 runs. Wyatt played excellent cricket for his runs and with Verity added 71 for the third wicket, while Leyland and Brown made some big hits off Chilvers, both claiming a six, but with the tail failing MCC's lead was only 19. However, before play ended NSW lost Fingleton for 36.
Considering the difficulty of the wicket Bradman's innings of 71 was a splendid effort. Playing with care he punished any loose ball most effectively. He was eventually caught at short leg off Hammond, who bowled his off breaks with great effect and frequently got the ball to rise to a nasty height, and had four short legs very close in. At one time MCC looked to be in danger of defeat as six wickets were down for 70, but Tate hit out well and with Brown as his partner the necessary runs were obtained. Chilvers was the best of the NSW bowlers, some of his balls turning very quickly from leg. Howell, a fast medium bowler with an offbreak, is a son of the old Australian Test cricketer who took all ten Surrey wickets at the Oval in 1899.
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