8: 6 July

West of Scotland v Australian Imperial Forces
Shawholm, Glasgow
30th June, 1st July 1919 (Two-day match)

Scotland v Australian Imperial Forces
Raeburn Place, Edinburgh
2nd, 3rd July 1919 (Two-day match)

Scotland v Australian Imperial Forces
Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow
4th, 5th July 1919 (Two-day game)

Some say that cricket is not a game the Scots relishFlashes and Glances, Star Green ‘Un (Yorkshire), Sat 5 Jul 1919, p. 1. , that they will never be much in the way of cricket as they like other games too muchFlashes and Glances, Star Green ‘Un (Yorkshire), Sat 12 July 1919, p. 1., but to my eyesCricket, Clarence and Richmond Examiner (NSW), Sat 6 Sep 1913, p. 11. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article62069485 nothing is further from the cricket truthA Cricket Celebrity, The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser, Wed 24 Aug 1910, p. 52. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164342161 . It is sureOur Visiting Bowlers, The Telegraph (QLD), Fri 17 Apr 1914, p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article176175784 that Scottish cricket is not yet on a par with the English gameEssex Far Too Good For Forfarshire, Dundee Courier (Midlothian), Thu 29 Jun 1911, p. 6. , but the enthusiasm displayed by the spectatorsShort Slip, Cricket Notes, Cootamundra Herald, Tue 8 Feb 1910, p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article144032196 shows that lack of skillMid Off, Cricket, The Express and Telegraph (SA), Fri 23 Dec 1910, p. 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210005123 does not amount to lack of zealW. B. Pryor, Letter To The Editor, The Maitland Daily Mercury (NSW), Sat 4 Jun 1910, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article125297879 . Not only did the attendances compare favourablyGlengarry, Examiner (Tas), Tue 8 Jan 1918, p. 7. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article50961281 with those of the 1909Australians v. Scotland, The Scotsman (Midlothian), Wed 30 Jun 1909, p. 7. and 1912Cricket, The Scotsman (Midlothian), Wed 10 July 1912, p. 14. Australians, but the crowd of 8000Scotland Draw With Australians, Dundee Courier (Angus), Mon 7 July 1919, p. 6. that attended the Saturday in Glasgow eclipsed any previous crowdCycling, The Sun (NSW), Sat 21 Mar 1914, p. 7. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article229245819 seen in Scotland since Darling led the AustraliansLast Test Match, Lancashire Evening Post (Lancashire), Mon 14 Aug 1905, p. 3. here in 1905Scottish Disaster, Dundee Courier (Angus), Wed 19 Jul 1905, p. 6. .

The matches have been contested in regular Scottish weatherGolf, Recorder (SA), Tue 8 Jun 1920, p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article95371523 , as is to be expected. The chief complaint of the players was in regard to light, which was deceptiveTo-Day’s Cricket, Dundee Evening Telegraph (Angus), Fri 4 Jul 1919, p. 7.. Perhaps with a lack of Tasmanians, Antipodean eyesSteele Blayde, Notes and Comments, The Mildura Cultivator (Vic), Sat 15 Aug 1919, p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74812386 are not altogether suited toGolf Club Buys Land, The Herald (Vic), Sat 24 Apr 1920, p. 16. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article245595322 latitudes this extreme.

The links between the two nationsBelgium’s Thanks, The World’s News (NSW), Sat 11 Dec 1920, p. 11. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article128692684 were on display during a chat following the second game in Glasgow. A.W. Angus, one of the Scottish team, was found to be eligible to play for Australia having been born there. This was counterbalanced W.S. Stirling declaring that his people hail from Kilmarnock, so that he should have been playing for ScotlandAustralians To Come North Again, Dundee Courier (Angus), Sat 12 Jul 1919, p. 3.!

Travelling with us on this tour, and playing in the second game in Edinburgh was Cliff O’ConnorWestern District Eleven v. Australians, The Scotsman (Midlothian), Wed 2 Jul 1919, p. 10. . Known as “Oakey” to his Waverley team matesNot Out, Some Cricket Notches, Arrow Fri 11 Apr 1924, p. 8. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article103546072 in Sydney, he travelled to the war NAA: B2455, O’CONNOR CLIFFORD CARL, p. 18. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7993834 on the H.M.A.T. ArgyllshireUnknown, HMAT Argyllshire and the Empress of Asia in Colombo Harbour, Ceylon, c1914-1918, photograph, AWM C02356, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1012589 with GregoryNAA: B2455, GREGORY J M, p. 30. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=4679973 and the Governor GeneralConcerning Macartney, The Sun (NSW), Mon 22 Jul 1912, p. 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article228830692 himselfNAA: B2455, MACARTNEY C G, p. 7. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=1991740 Charlie MacartneyUnknown, C.G. Macartney, c1920, photograph, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c5/CGMacartney.jpg –with the 7th Field Artillery Brigade. The ‘7th’ is well represented on the cricket fields of England. Eric BullEric Bull (right), with J. T. Murray, Unknown, Two members of the AIF Cricket Eleven, 1919, photograph, AWM D00682, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C389704 , in the side since the Surrey match, was another member of that illustrious brigade, and they also had amongst their ranks the Victorian shield player M. D. HotchinM. D. Hotchin and H. Bracher Open Home Team’s Second Innings, The Herald (Vic), Tue 29 Dec 1914, p. 1. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242269659 , who was invited to the cricket trials back in MayArmy Cricket, The Express and Telegraph (SA), Mon 14 Apr 1919, p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article210590972 .

After my reporting on Kelleway some weeks ago, it’s interesting to note that Kelleway has been telling reporters that he has not yet thoroughly recovered from the effects of wounds–the last being a knock on the head from shrapnel just before the cessation of hostilitiesNot Out, Captain Kelleway Returns, Referee (NSW), Wed 10 Sep 1919, p. 9. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article120303192 and a leg wound that is causing him troubleKelleway Retires, Advocate (Tas), Mon 30 Jun 1919, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66491346 –and that his return is in accordance with an arrangement made at the beginning of the A.I.F. tour, where he only ever intended to stay until 30 June, when his granted leave expired, and that he would play in all matches possible up until thenFree Lance, Men and Matters, Star Green ‘Un (Yorkshire), Sat 5 Jul 1919, p. 1. . My sources at HQ inform me that there was no leave approved, and that he was instead struck off strength from his secondment to the AIF Sports Control Board
NAA: B2455, KELLEWAY CHARLES, p. 6. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7336920
, and put in for early repatriation on June 12NAA B2455, KELLEWAY CHARLES, p. 22. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7336920 , when the rest of the team was at Old Trafford. News is that he is due to return to Australia next weekKelleway Retires, Advocate (Tas), Mon 30 Jun 1919, p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66491346 . Word has also reached me that his former Headmaster at Forest Lodge, Mr Bardsley, was also under the impression that Kelleway had won military honours in the warNAA: B2455, KELLEWAY CHARLES, p. 12. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7336920 something that could also not be confirmed with HQNAA: B2455, KELLEWAY CHARLES, p. 27. https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=7336920 . Far be it from me to disparageAno Pheles, Moresby The Micawber, Papuan Courier (PNG), Fri 21 May 1920, p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article251056634 the word of an officer and a gentlemanStanley Portal Hyatt, The Veiled Lady, The Express and Telegraph (SA), Sat 8 Sep 1912, p. 9. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article209958181 , but I feel it important for my own journalistic integrity to publish everything and every nameThe Proper Study, The Evening Telegraph (QLD), Sat 4 Mar 1911, p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article214961646 .

2 thoughts on “8: 6 July

  1. Hi Anthony, congratulations on the blog, both interesting and entertaining. Will be there one in the series including the last game, in September 1919, on Mitcham Cricket Green, against a Mitcham 16? Howard Lacey, who managed the touring team, was a former Mitcham captain, and played for Mitcham in that game. To commemorate the centenary of the game, we will be holding a Mitcham v Australian XI game in the Green on 14 September this year. We are putting together some background information on the players, from both sides, for an exhibition in the pavilion the same day (and maybe a pamphlet). Keep up the good work – Adrian Gault, Mitcham CC Treasurer and Head of Colts Coaching.

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    1. Hi Adrian, that’s amazing! Yes, there will be an episode covering that game.

      I’d be very interested in sharing resources if there’s any opportunity for that. As you may be aware, this is my PhD topic, so I’ve covered a lot of ground with the research. I’d be interested in anything you produce covering the game.

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