That straight hit amongst the refreshers off W. Johns was a grand stroke and the sound from the bat rang out clear and crisp all over the arena and the stroke was greatly admired by the ladies, who were keenly enjoying such genuine cricket. Eglington as you know is strong on the leg side and he was greatly surprised at missing a beauty from Harry Bibby which knocked out his leg stump. Ellington’s 16 was a most useful contribution as it gave Kennedy a chance to add to his score. The latter was at the wicket for over 50 minutes and put in some sweet strokes but was too careful and appeared to be ready to sail in, when he was unfortunately bowled by Harry Bibby with a break-back for a well compiled 16.
The numerous on-lookers present thought that he was about to make a score, but happily for the World he was tempted and lost his wicket. The rest of the team were soon out and the innings closed for 70 runs. Upon completion of the Raub Coy’s first innings, an adjournment were made for tiffin, the players partaking of tiffin on the ground and the ladies at the big house being guests of the committee and a delightful tiffin it proved to be the time passing away so quickly and merrily that a chit had to be despatched from the ground to the tiffin room, reminding members of the committee, amongst whom were the captains, that they were urgently required on the ground to resume the game.
Plant and McGlenchy opened for the World but Norman was immediately out for 1 and Frost, H. Bibby, and Bishop were quickly disposed of. Old Mac was going great guns. Indeed his play all round the wicket was capital, and he seemed likely to last the whole afternoon when he got his leg in front to P. Bibby and on appeal was out L.B.W. after making top score for the first innings. When returning to the refreshers, Mac received a great ovation for his well-earned 23. The only other batsman to reach double figures was W. Johns who put up 10 by careful play. All the others being quickly got rid of, the innings closed for 60 runs. Then tea was provided for all present and photos were taken of the cricketers, and other groups, chief among whom may be mentioned the ladies and members of the committee at tea. As the light was still good Captains Waters and Mason decided to resume play, and the second innings was started by Cardwell and Kennedy
CHRISTMAS AT RAUB
The Straits Times 15 January 1901
It is a much pleasanter view now that it was in the old days. Then the lalang was knee-deep, and the jungle much nearer the playing ground, now the outer field has been extended considerably, and the lalang kept well under, but I regret to say the Pahang Government have encroached on the playing ground, by making a road through the western side which is a most deplorable instance of selfishness on the part of those directly responsible. Passing by this act of vandalism, towards the refreshment and tiffin rooms erected for the occasion, the ladies marquee, kindly lent by Mr. B. G. Roberts, of North Raub, is met with where they had a lovely view of the players reveling in the friendly rivalry of cricket. While I was chatting with several players, the Hon. Sec. of the festivities and several friends drove on the ground (Four-in-hand Indian Bullocks) to the musical strains of a Chinese band, which was going hammer and tongs, and great at that.
Round the refreshment rooms, it was noticeable that the opposing captains were in deep conversation, the upshot of which was that the Worlds Captain had arranged for the Raub Company’s team to start the batting owing to being one man short at the moment. The ground is nicely situated; the view over towards the Manager’s house and away to the hills at the back being admirable. I am in great hopes that the responsible heads in all departments of the Raub Company will be indefatigable in their efforts to further and maintain the interests of the club which is about to be formed, and materially help the funds, especially when assistance is urgently needed. I hope at any rate.
RAUB COY. V THE WORLD – 1ST DAY
The players taking part in the cricket match had a splendid wicket, under the circumstances prevailing, to bat on, and the sunshine was so invigorating that you felt like going strong for a full day without being very much fatigued. Yet within two hours the whole of the Raub Coy’s side had been disposed of for a total of 70 runs. Watson and Kennedy opened the innings for Raub Coy. But the wickets fell rapidly, Watson, P. Bibby. Waters, Hiskins, and F. Bibby all being out with the score at 26, Kennedy keeping up his wicket in “do-take-care” style. Eglington joining Kennedy saved the innings, setting the example of briskness, and laying the wood on that is his game.
the wickets again falling quickly, Cardwell, F. Bibby, and P. Bibby being all out for 16 when stumps were drawn for the day.
THE SMOKING CONCERT
The concert was held at the big house at 8.30 p.m., and will be long remembered by all present as a real jolly night. Songs and recitations were given by Mesdames Clegg, Baxter, and Sands, and Messrs. Aitken. Waters, Mason and others, but the hit of the evening was made by Mr .Parker, who sang We’ve got a Navy which fairly brought down the house.
As to the weather for the continuation of the Raub Coy’s second innings, it can be said that it was delightful. The feature of the morning was the fine display by Waters and Watson, who both put up the excellent score of 36; the other members to bat were easily dismissed the innings closing at 110 making a grand total of 180 for the two innings.
McGlenchy and Isaacson opened the World’s second innings, but were very soon returning to the refreshers and the order of going in and out was sharp owing to the fine bowling of Captain Waters, who was having a day out and would not be denied, the only double figures attained being made by Plant, Bishop, and A.H. Bibby, the innings winding up for a total of 74 runs, bringing the grand total for the two innings to 134, thus leaving the Raub Coy’s team the winners by 46 runs.
The match being over a tug-of-war was held between the opposing teams. The men of gold were again successful and succeeded after a good struggle in winning both pulls straight off in their characteristic style.
After the tug-of-war, a ladies puzzle race took place for a prize given by Messrs. Pritchard & Co. of Penang. Four ladies competed and the race resulted in a win for Mrs. J. Baxter whose answers were extremely funny. The photographer was again in it and some very good groups were taken, and will no doubt serve as happy mementoes of one of the most enjoyable Xmases spent at Raub. Great praise is due to the members of the different committees, who worked hard to make all the gatherings a success, and I am pleased to say that their efforts were highly rewarded, all present having a jolly good time.
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