THE UNIVERSITY MATCH
Up to the close of 1909 seventy-five university matches have been played, of which Cambridge have won thirty-six and Oxford thirtyone matches; in 1827, 1844, 1888, 1899, 1900,
1901, 1904 and 1909 the matches were drawn.
The two largest aggregates, Oxford's 503 and
Cambridge's 392, were both obtained in the
same match in 1900. The largest individual
innings, 172 not out by Mr. J. F. Marsh for
Cambridge in 1904, was intrinsically inferior
to the 171 of Mr. R. E. Foster for Oxford
in 1900. Mr. W. Yardley with 100 and
130 in 1872 for Cambridge is the only
cricketer twice to score centuries in this
match, but Mr. J. E. Raphael with 130 in
1903 and 99 in 1905 only failed by one run
to achieve the same distinction for Oxford.
Mr. Eustace Crawley has alone made a 100
both in the Eton and Harrow and Oxford
and Cambridge matches. Those who have
also scored centuries for Oxford are Messrs.
K. J. Key, M. R. Jardine, G. O. Smith,
H. K. Foster, F. M. Buckland, V. T. Hill,
W. H. Game, A. Eccles, W. H. Patterson,
W. Rashleigh, Lord George Scott, C. B. Fry,
and C. H. B. Marsham; and for Cambridge
Messrs. H. J. Mordaunt, G. B. Studd, E. R.
Wilson, S. H. Day, E. C. Streatfeild,
C. E. M. Wilson, L. G. Colbeck, W. S.
Patterson, C. W. Wright, and H. W.
Bainbridge. The most famous finish was in
1870 when Oxford with three wickets to fall
wanted only 4 runs to win. Mr. Bourne
then caught Mr. Rutter off the second ball of
Mr. Cobden's last over, and Messrs. W. A.
Stewart and H. A. Belcher were bowled with
the next two balls. It was in 1896 that
Mr. F. Mitchell provoked an angry demonstration by directing Mr. E. B. Shine to send
down no balls to prevent Oxford avoiding
the follow on.
GENTLEMEN and PLAYERS
In seasons when the Australians have not
visited England, the fixture at Lord's between
Gentlemen and Players has always been
regarded as the chief exhibition match in
which it was a great honour to be invited to
play. Two matches were played in 1806,
but the Gentlemen were assisted by Beldham
and Lambert. Although in 1819 they played
unsupported, in 1820 Howard was introduced.
Odds were not given after 1838, since when
up to the end of 1909 the Gentlemen have
won twenty-eight and the Players thirty-six.
The highest individual score is Mr. C. B. Fry's
232 not out in 1903, Dr. W. G. Grace's
largest being 169 in 1876, and he is the only
cricketer except Hayward who has exceeded
the century more than twice at Lord's. The
highest for the Players are 163 by J. T. Brown
in 1900 and 141 by Braund in 1902. Mr.
R. E. Foster scored two hundreds, 102 not
out and 136 in the match in 1900, and
J. H. King with 104 and 109 not out
effected a similar feat in 1904, both on their
first appearance in the match. The aggregates
exceeding 1,000 are: in 1900, 1,274 for
thirty-eight wickets; 1903, 1,218 for twentythree wickets; 1897, 1,196 runs; 1904,
1,165 for thirty-seven wickets; 1895, 1,156
runs; 1905, 1,149 for thirty-four wickets;
1883, 1,118 for thirty-three wickets; 1901,
1,079 for thirty-six wickets; 1878, 1,066
runs; 1898, 1,059 runs; and 1884, 1,000 for
thirty-four wickets. The longest partnership
was in 1903, when Messrs. C. B. Fry and A. C.
Maclaren added 309 without being separated.
In 1900 the Players were set 501 to win,
and made them for the loss of eight wickets.
The instances of two bowlers being unchanged
in the match are W. Lillywhite and James
Broadbridge (playing as given men for the
Gentlemen) in 1829 and for the Players in
1832; W. Lillywhite and S. Redgate in
1837; Wisden and W. Clarke in 1850;
Mr. Matthew Kempson and Sir Frederick
Bathurst in 1853; Jackson and Willsher in
1861; Willsher and Tarrant in 1864; and
the Hon. F. S. Jackson and Mr. S. M. J.
Woods in 1894.