England tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v England at Sydney, Dec 13-17, 1897
The Ashes - 1st Test
England won by 9 wickets
13,14,15,16,17 December 1897 (timeless match)
  England 1st innings R M 4s 6s
JR Mason b Jones 6 25 1 0
AC MacLaren* c †Kelly b McLeod 109 189 15 0
TW Hayward c Trott b Trumble 72 116 10 0
W Storer c & b Trott 43 90 7 1
NF Druce c Gregory b McLeod 20 35 0
GH Hirst b Jones 62 100 8 1
KS Ranjitsinhji c Gregory b McKibbin 175 223 26 0
E Wainwright b Jones 10 40 0
JT Hearne c & b McLeod 17 50 0
J Briggs run out 1 5 0 0
T Richardson not out 24 31 0
Extras (lb 11, w 1) 12
  Total (all out; 175 overs) 551 (3.14 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  TR McKibbin 34 5 113 1 3.32
  E Jones 50 8 130 3 2.60
  CE McLeod 28 12 80 3 2.85
  H Trumble 40 7 138 1 3.45
  GHS Trott 23 2 78 1 3.39
  Australia 1st innings R M 4s 6s
J Darling c Druce b Richardson 7 16 0
JJ Lyons b Richardson 3 35 0 0
FA Iredale c Druce b Hearne 25 57 0
C Hill b Hearne 19 40 0
SE Gregory c Mason b Hearne 46 91 0
GHS Trott* b Briggs 10 45 0
JJ Kelly b Richardson 1 3 0 0
H Trumble c †Storer b Mason 70 138 13 0
CE McLeod not out 50 105 8 0
TR McKibbin b Hearne 0 5 0 0
E Jones c Richardson b Hearne 0 2 0 0
Extras (b 1, lb 1, nb 4) 6
  Total (all out; 100.1 overs) 237 (2.36 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  T Richardson 27 8 71 3 2.62
  GH Hirst 28 7 57 0 2.03
  JT Hearne 20.1 7 42 5 2.08
  J Briggs 20 7 42 1 2.10
  TW Hayward 3 1 11 0 3.66
  JR Mason 2 1 8 1 4.00
  Australia 2nd innings (following on) R M 4s 6s
J Darling c Druce b Briggs 101 194 19 0
FA Iredale b Briggs 18 55 0
CE McLeod run out 26 95 0
C Hill b Hearne 96 143 11 0
SE Gregory run out 31 58 0
H Trumble c Druce b Hearne 2 2 0 0
JJ Lyons c Hayward b Hearne 25 30 0
GHS Trott* b Richardson 27 60 0
JJ Kelly not out 46 63 0
E Jones lbw b Richardson 3 5 0 0
TR McKibbin b Hearne 6 10 0
Extras (b 12, lb 1, w 4, nb 10) 27
  Total (all out; 121 overs) 408 (3.37 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  T Richardson 41 9 121 2 2.95
  GH Hirst 13 3 49 0 3.76
  JT Hearne 38 8 99 4 2.60
  J Briggs 22 3 86 2 3.90
  TW Hayward 5 1 16 0 3.20
  JR Mason 2 0 10 0 5.00
  England 2nd innings (target: 95 runs) R M 6s
AC MacLaren* not out 50 68 0
JR Mason b McKibbin 32 60 0
KS Ranjitsinhji not out 8 7 0
Extras (b 5, nb 1) 6
  Total (1 wicket; 28 overs) 96 (3.42 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ
  H Trumble 14 4 40 0 2.85
  TR McKibbin 5 1 22 1 4.40
  E Jones 9 1 28 0 3.11

Match details


Toss - England, who chose to bat
Series - England led the 5-match series 1-0
Test debuts - NF Druce, GH Hirst, JR Mason and W Storer (England)
Umpires - C Bannerman and J Phillips
Close of play
  • Mon, 13 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 337/5 (GH Hirst 37*, KS Ranjitsinhji 39*)
  • Tue, 14 Dec - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 86/5 (SE Gregory 18*)
  • Wed, 15 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 126/1 (J Darling 80*, CE McLeod 20*)
  • Thu, 16 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 30/0 (AC MacLaren 16*, JR Mason 13*)
  • Fri, 17 Dec - day 5 - England 2nd innings 96/1 (28 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


    • Ranjitsinhji, although ill, emulated H Graham by scoring a hundred in his first Test in Australia having done so in England.
    • MacLaren, deputising for AE Stoddart whose mother had died, scored a hundred in his first Test as captain.
    • Darling had the distinction of being the first left-hander to score a hundred in a Test match.
    • McLeod was run out by Storer when he left his crease after being bowled by a no-ball. His deafness prevented him from hearing the umpire's call.
    • Kelly became the first wicket-keeper to prevent any byes in a total of over 500.
 
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