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CRICKET AT THE SCHOOLS. -- PART II.-- FOREST SCHOOL.

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I FEEL that I cannot do better, at the outset of this article on Forest School cricket, than to give verbatim the contribution which an Old Forester has kindly written for me on the subject of the reason for the successes which his old School has won on the cricket field. He has been good enough to tabulate the reasons under various headings, so that the reader can see at once how. and why. those successes have been achieved. T’L’o ic f.Vio irovrlir-f nf nil a wlin rpn.llv rlnpfiknow what he is writing about (a) School always keen on sport, and, as football flourished very vigorously, it was only natural that the summer game should follow suit. The authorities believed that this was the way to live up to the school motto “In Pectore Robur,” an:l made games possible. (b) Good pitch. The common facing the School was the first cricket-ground, where ex cellent wickets were obtainable. The late Charles E. Green, “the father of Essex cricket,” played his first cricket match here. In 1875 the present school cricket field was laid, and has been improved each season. Since 1901 A Russell, brother of the Essex wicket- keeper, has had charge of it all the year round, and his bowling and coaching have also told their tale, (c) Favourable position of the School lying close, to London and near to the homes of many keen cricketers and successful pioneer clubs, notably, Woodford, Waltham- stow, and Buckhurst Hill, which contained many good players in the old days. d Fre quent. visits of M.C.C. an annual match for the past twenty-five years, (e) Matches with Essex Club and Ground. Masters, always keen sportsmen, and headmasters “very sym pathetic,” viz., in succession, Dr. Guy (1856- 1885), and his sons, Rev. T. E. B. Guy (Lancing, Oriel College, and Oxford Soccer Blue in 1876) (1886-1894), and the present headmaster, Rev. R. C. Guy (since 1894). N.B. Excellent coaching was always available since 1875, and, especially in the ‘nineties, .when the late Frank Street (the old West minster, who played for Essex), R. W. Rice, and A. G. Richardson (both Gloucestershire amateurs with “W. G.”), did sterling work, while now A. E, Meyrick (Cornwall), is a keen coach, (q) Jun’or School is an invaluable “nursery,” where coaching is begun very early, and talent is quickly “spotted.” N.B. In 1914, the School XI., which, under A. O’D. Taylor, was unbeaten, contained no less than nine “ex-Juniors,” who all profited by their early training under A. S. Dixon, who was in charge- of the Preparatory School. It is a most remarkable fact that no less than six Foresters were five years in the School eleven. (h) Old Foresters’ annual week at Forest School, which has been a very pleasant reunion of masters and boys since 1895, and has undoubtedly helped to keep up crickettraditions. The boys who were for five years in the eleven were F. J. Poole, 1867-1871 (captain in 1871) C. D. Mclver, 1897-1901 (captain three years, 1899-1900-1901) F. A. H. Henley. 1898-1932 (captain in 1902) F. W. H. Nicholas, 1908-1912 (captain two years, 1911-1912); A. O’D. Taylor, 1910-1914 (captain two years, 1913-1914) H. P. Waugh, 1912-1916 (captain in 1916, and he would have been captain in 1917, but left at Easter to join the Army).County players Essex 1st XI. Rev. C. G. Littlehales, J. W. Bonner (in 1884 School XI.), W. F. O. Faviell, C. D. Mclver (in School XI. 1897-1901), F. W. H. Nicholas (in School XI., 1938-1912). Essex 2nd XI. A. J. Waugh (killed in the war), J. K. Guy, C. V. Thompson (killed in the war), (four years in School XI.), S. H. Waugh. Oxford Blues. E. D. Shaw (now Bishop of Buckingham), C. D. Mclver, J. S. Munn, F. A. H. Henley. Seniors’ matches. Rev. R. C. Guy, E. B. Alexander (who did well in Ceylon), Rev. F. R. Bonsey, E. M. Guy A. M. Bury. Cambridge Blues. Ashley Walker (who finished his schoo” days at Westminster) in 1876. Cambridge Crusaders.– W. J. B. Crouch, A. J. Waugh (killed in the war), R. V, Martyn.Best School XI. Perhaps the best all-round team was in 1898. It was R. G. Roper (captain), C. D. Mclver, E. H. W. Scott (son of the Middlesex amateur), W. F. Candy, W. F. O. Faviell, R. W. Ross, J. S. Munn, C. R. Walters, A. L. Evelyn, F. A. H. Henley, and J. A. Flatt. Though the School was founded in 1834, no authentic records are available till 1865, and, besides those men tioned above, the most notable names are as follows B. Gardom (1865). whose averaee for a slowbowler is really very remarkable, viz. Balls Averaee Inns. bowled. Maidens. Runs. Wkts. per wkt 22 1,628 130 358 80 4^ and this constitutes the record averag? at Forest School. Among the best batsmen have been E. H. Topham (1875-6), S. Gilbey (captain, 1881), G. H. Crawley (1881-2-3), F. H. Nelson, 1881-2 (of the old Crystal Palace Club fame), J. L. Bury, 1891 (Herts), E. H. W. Scott, (1897-8-9). and G. F. Bury (1901-2). Highest batting average. In 1868 a Chal lenge Cup for the best batting average was presented by H. Tubb (captain, 1867), who lives at Bicester, and is well known as a keen sportsman. C. D. Mclver holds the record, made in 1901, with an average of 1C0. His figures were Inns. Not out. Best score. Runs. Average. 15 5 161* 1003 10030 and this feat is all the more noteworthy as the 161 runs were scored in Mclver’ s last match of the season, against a good Essex Club and Ground side at Leyton. The best-known names among bowlers who were at Forest School are H. W. Bowker, F. A. H. Henley, J. S. Munn, E. H. W. Scott, W. F. O. Faviell, A. J. Waugh, F. H. Nelson, and B. Gardom, while latterly good pro mise was shown by C. V. Thompson and C. M. Skoltowe, who have been killed in the war. The chief matches have been those against M.C.C. (for past twenty-five years) Felsted School (honours pretty well divided) Christ’s College, Finchley (six elevens play on same day); Mill Hill School; Woodford; Waltham- stow Puckhurst Hill; Wanstead Bruce Grove, Tottenham Brentwood School and Chigwell while later fixtures have been those against Aldenham, Stoics, Merchant Taylors School (five elevens play on the same day), Epsom College, St. John’s, Leatherhead, and Efs?x Club and Ground. Last year the XI. played eleven, won six, lost four, and drew one match. They lost to Merchant Taylors and St. John’s, Leather- head, but beat M.C.C. Chigwell School, Aldenham School, and Inns of Court O.T.C. This year’s eleven is under the orders of .-1. M. Taylor a player the straightness of whose bat mads an impression at the Ovallast August. He has some scoring strokes all round the wicket, and with increasing strength should be better able to force runs than he was a year ago. He bowls slow right hand occasionally, and has the reputation of being a safe field and a good slip. He certainly carries I on the tradition of the straight blade at Forest School, and his game with that as its foundation will be all the better for a l’ttle more aggressiveness. He should make a good captain.Quite a promising youngster is M. J/aison, whose father used to reap a rich harvest of wickets in Essex club cricket. The boy is a bowler of a good medium pace right handed, who may with ag? and strength increase to really fast. His action is a good one. and he should be able to let go quite a fast ball now and then without preparing the batsman for it. At present he has gained a reputation for being an uncertain starter as a batsman, but this can be overcome by a firm resolve not to treat the bowler as something super natural, combined with a determination to play himself iin and get the sight of the ball and the pace of the wicket before try ing any of the fancy strokes which are really the embroideries of the art of batting, and therefore useless without the necessary main vestment thereof. The hook, the glance off a leg-stump ball, the pull, and the slash on the off at a good length ball are all rightwnen you nave got over fifty runs, but until then they are an unjustifiable s risk unless your eleven has to get forty runs in a quarter 1 of an hour, when no stroke is unjustifiable. W. S. Wnxey needs to get the blade more on the line of flight of the i ball, and in this respect does not at present carry on the School tradition, bu
t he can cut a bit, and has a good straight drive, whiTe he is not found wanting on the leg- 1;ide. Can bowl a bit at a medium pace. H. S. Mather 3owls left hand, and has a fair number of strokes as a right-handed batsman. E. P. Troughton’s batting is of ;he defensive type, arid he fields at point where a keen md plucky boy can do quite a lot of damage. Most School points stand five yards too deep. H. A. Lewis is lacking in defence, but has some good strokes, tie isfour-figure aggregate belore tne tentn wicKet ieii. believe he went right through the innings, and I am sure nobody played the fool and presented him with runs so that he might achieve his thousand runs, a form of “cricket” which has nothing whatever to commend it, and against which all captains should set their face resolutely.not fast in the field. E. C. Borradaile, who is a nephew of the secretary of the Essex County Cricket Club, is a left-handed bat whose play in. front of the wicket is too gentle. He is a safe field. A. F. T. Polglase and A. Barlow, who both have fielding ability, are the most likely can didates for two of the four vacancies. The School ground was looking in splen did condition on the occasion of my visit in glorious weather. There were signs of east wind about, but Russell had achieved wonders, and if it turn out to be a dry season, as seems prob- 1 able on the whole, there should be some good cricket at this prettily situated play ing field. C. D. 1 Mclver’s record is not in danger this term, School batsmen of his ability, watchfulness and execution only ap pear once every twenty years or so. I remem ber his innings of 161 not out above referred to, and it was a really fine display, quite apart from the fact that he achieved a


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