Cricket – Pilcher Mabey Welch

Wairarapa Daily Times 7 April 1915
For the first time in the history of the Welch Family during their cricketing career, they suffered, a defeat at the hands of the Upper Hutt cricket team on Friday and Saturday. The Family was unfortunate in having to play minus Bert Welch, one of their best bowlers, who was away on business at the Coast, where he contracted influenza, and was unable to get in. They, however, put up a good performance, considering the strong combination they were up against, and hope to turn defeat into victory at their next meeting. The visitors arrived on Thursday night, and put up at the Empire Hotel. The ground was in splendid order, and the Welch Family were complimented on the fine wicket which they had provided. The old veteran, Will, better known as “Long Bill,” who stands 6ft 3m in his stockings, and is approaching his three score years, was elected captain of the Family team. Maurice Welch, better known throughout the Hutt district as “Old Mot,” accompanied the visitors up to play for kith and kin. The visitors had a strong batting team, and Young, Mabey and Pilcher each played sterling cricket, the former compiling 58 by vigorous play. He made no less than 46 in ten hits, including 3 sixers. For the Family, the young Collegian, Leo, played a very useful innings, being not out in the first day”s play with 45 to his credit. Captain Bill, who thought his cricketing days were over, soon got going, and was loudly cheered when he opened his shoulders as of yore and smote right and left, putting up 35 in a very short time before he was sent back to the pavilion. The Family”s first innings closed for 137, and the visitors put up the fine score of 202. Claude Welch was in fine form with the ball, and bowled throughout the innings, capturing 4 wickets for 51, and young Bern, aged 15, who was tried late, took 3 for 21, a fine performance for a junior. After play was finished the visitors continued their innings, and lost 8 wickets for 149. At one stage of the innings, Claude, who was keeping a splendid length, took 5 wickets in 7 balls for 1 run, clean bowling three with successive balls, winding up with 7 for 42. Befreshments were provided on the ground on Friday morning and afternoon, for which the Family was heartily thanked by the visitors” veteran manager, Mr C. Edwards, familiarly called by “the boys” Uncle Charlie. The team were entertained at Mr F. P. Welch”s residence at Lansdowne on Friday evening, music and singing being indulged in, and an enjoyable time was spent. The visitors left for home by the mail train on Saturday, after what they all declared to be a “jolly good time.”
Following are the scores: —
First Innings.
F. P. Welch, b Gornall 16
C. Welch, c Kilcher, b Eales 4
B. Welch, c J. Mabey, b R. Mabey 0
Ted Welch, b J. Mabey 20
Leo Welch, not out 43
Mot. Welch, b J. Mabey 0
H. Welch, b Harris 2
K. Welch, b J. Mabey 0
A. J. Welch b Harris 6
Arthur Welch, b J. Mabey 0
W. E. Welch, b R. Mabey 35
Extras 11
Total 137

Bowling analysis.— R. Mabey 2 for 35, F. Eales 1 for 10, Gornall 1 for 21, J. Mabey 4 for 28, Young 0 for 14, M. Harris 2 for 19.

Second Innings.
Ted Welch, c and b Wilkie 5
A. J. Welch, b Pilcher 10
F. P. Welch, b Pilcher 1
Leo Welch, c Wilkie b Pilcher 2
Will Welch, b Eales 27
K. Welch, Wilkie (sic) b R. Mabey0
C. Welch, b Pilcher 23
B. Welch, b Eales 0
H. Welch, b Eales 5
Mot. Welch, b Young 18
A. Welch, not out 1
Extras 3
Total 95

Bowling analysis.— J. Pilcher 4 for 43, H. Wilkie 1 for 3, R. Mabey 1 for 22, J. Mabey 0 for 9, Eales 3 for 12, Gornall 0 for 2, Young 1 for 0.

First Innings.
R. Mabey, b E. Welch 10
W. Harris, b E. Welch 10
J. Pilcher, b C. Welch 35
J. Young, c L. Welch, b C. Welch 34
J. Mabey, b C. Welch 3
E. Gornall, c B. Welch, b M. Welch 15
H. Wilkie, b M. Welch 58
F. Eales, c L. Welch, b B. Welch3
R. Wilkie, not out 20
J. Reid, b B. Welch 0
G. Burns, b C. Welch 0
Extras 14
Total 202

Bowling analysis.— C. Welch 4 for 51, Ted Welch 2 for 65, L. Welch 0 for 32, M. Welch 1 for 20, B. Welch 3 for 21, C. Welch 1 for 3.

Second Innings.
H. Wilkie, b C. Welch 14
R. Wilkie, c sub., b Leo Welch 6
J. Pilcher, retired 32
J. Young, b C. Welch 22
J. Reid, b C. Welch 0
R. Mabev, c B. Welch, b C. Welch6
F. Eales, b C. Welch 0
G. Burns, b C. Welch 0
E. Gornall, b C. Welch 11
J. Mabey, not out 26
W. Harris, not out 19
Extras 6
Total 148

Bowling analysis.— C. Welch 7 for 42, Leo Welch 1 for 35, Mot Welch 0 for 10, Will Welch 0 for 18, B. Welch 0 for 24.

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