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This match was a great financial success, and there were 20,000 present on the last day when the gate realised £1,591.
The MCC made 359 for 3 on the opening day. Herbert Sutcliffe and the Nawab of Pataudi making 283 for the second wicket--a record for the ground. Pataudi might have been run out when 71; otherwise he gave no chance and hit one six and twelve 4's. Sutcliffe batted splendidly for nearly four hours, his chief hits being one six and 16 fours. Jardine made most of his runs on the leg side, while Hammond in his first match played very steadily and helped his captain in a fifth-wicket stand of 78.
At the close of the second day's play the Combined XI had scored 59 for no wicket. Heavy rain overnight made the wicket difficult on the last day, and Verity made the most of the conditions, McCabe alone playing with much confidence. Verity varied his pace and had five off fieldsmen and two leg fielders close to the batsman. Australian batsmen are not used to playing on had wickets, and most of them made the mistake of playing at too many balls.
The later stages of the match were not treated seriously.
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