England v Australia 1926, The Oval 5th Test, - Rare Shaw and Shrewsbury Signed Harrow Cricket Bat, 38 Autographs including both Teams, England won by 289 runs

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England v Australia 1926, Signed Cricket Bat, 38 Autographs both Teams
1926 England and Australia original rare Shaw and Shrewsbury signed Harrow cricket bat - signed in 1926, to the front by both teams England A W Carr, Kilner, Chapman, Hobbs, Larwood, Geary, Sutcliffe, Root, Hendren, Woolley, Tate, Strudwick, plus one other and 15 x Australian players to incl Collins, Bardsley, Oldfield, Gregory, Richardson, Mailey, Woodfull, Andrews, Ponsford, Macartney, Ryder, Taylor etc - also signed on the back by four of the England Team and four Australia team including Grimmett - total of 38 signatures. Note: England won the series in the last and final 5th Test which became known as The Timeless Test noted for the England Opening partners of 172 between Hobbs and Sutcliffe An excellent item of cricket memorabilia from a legendary Test Series, the Harrow autographed cricket bat Exactly an hour remained for play when Hobbs and Sutcliffe entered upon England's second innings. As no object was to be served by forcing the runs, they proceeded quietly and if Hobbs took a little time to settle down, he and Sutcliffe at the close had raised the total to 49. This hour's steady cricket had, unquestionably, a big influence upon the later stages of the struggle. The crux of the match came before lunch on Tuesday, when Hobbs and Sutcliffe excelled themselves. A thunderstorm, accompanied by a good deal of rain had broken over south London on Monday evening, rendering the pitch slow and dead to begin with, and afterwards very difficult. The two batsmen, it is true, enjoyed the advantage of playing themselves in before conditions became distinctly awkward for them, but, admitting this, their performance during the last hour before lunch in withstanding all endeavours to separate them, was an achievement of the highest order. While giving Hobbs and Sutcliffe all praise, those two famous men were fortunate in the fact that Richardson, while making the ball turn and rise quickly, stuck doggedly to the leg theory. He was awkward enough pursuing that method. He would probably have been deadly had he bowled over the wicket with something like a normally placed field, and point of course close in. As it was, Hobbs and Sutcliffe added 112 runs in rather less than two hours and a half before lunch, but directly afterwards Hobbs, having just completed his 100, was at 172 bowled by a ball that came back a little and touched the top of the off stump. He and his partner batted superbly for three hours and forty minutes; indeed, his innings which included ten fours, must be regarded as one of the most masterly displays of his great career. His 100 was his eleventh three-figure innings for England against Australia, while the stand was the seventh of three-figures he and Sutcliffe had made in Test matches with Australia. Woolley helped to put on 48, Hendren stayed while 57 runs were obtained, Chapman shared in a partnership of 39, and Stevens remained to add 57, but all the time interest of course, centred chiefly on Sutcliffe. The Yorkshireman withstood Australia's bowling for rather more than seven hours and then in the last over of the day was bowled by a fine ball from Mailey. He gave no real chance, hit fifteen fours and shared with Hobbs in a memorable piece of work. England left off 353 ahead with four wickets to fall, and thus in a very strong position. On this day the Prince of Wales was present, and on the concluding afternoon the visitors included Prince Arthur of Connaught and the Prime Minister. On Wednesday there was a slight shower before play started, and further rain setting in at a quarter past one, there was no more cricket until ten minutes past three. While never heavy, the rain, being followed by sunshine, of course affected the pitch, but it is doubtful whether the conditions when Australia batted were ever as difficult as during the hour before lunch on Tuesday. To begin with, on the last day sixty-five minutes of actual cricket sufficed to finish off England's innings for the addition of 61 runs. Rhodes - missed when 12 by Gregory at slip - helped in a partnership of 43 for the eighth wicket, but the best batting was that of Tate, who hit up his 33 in fifty minutes. In all, England's innings lasted eight hours and ten minutes. Under the conditions which obtained, there never existed the slightest likelihood of Australia making the 415 runs required for victory, but no one could have been prepared to see a famous batting side collapse so badly. As matters went, an easy win for England was assured in fifty minutes, the first four wickets falling for 35 runs. The heavy roller brought up little moisture but Larwood made the ball fly, and Rhodes, directly he was tried, made it turn. Woodfull putting a ball up in the slips, Chapman brought Rhodes up from deep fine leg to the gully, and moved Geary to third slip. The effect was instantaneous, Woodfull with only one run registered, edging the next ball straight into Geary's hands. Macartney joining Ponsford, the score was carried to 31 before he also gave a catch to Geary, and then in quick succession, Rhodes got Ponsford taken low down at second slip, and Collins - cheered all the way to the wicket - at first slip. Andrews and Bardsley made something of a stand, but at 63, Andrews, hitting a little too soon at a long hop, was finely caught one hand at short leg by Tate. Twenty runs later, Bardsley, after a stay of sixty-five minutes, gave the simplest of catches to slip, and Gregory, lashing out at Tate, placed the ball in the hands of mid off. Eight wickets were down for 87, and although Oldfield and Grimmett remained together half an hour to add 27, the side were all out for 125. Rhodes, with four wickets for 44, and Larwood with three for 34, had the chief share in the cheap dismissal of Australia, but all round, the bowling was excellent. Moreover, not a catch was missed nor was a run given away, the whole England side rising gallantly to the occasion. Naturally a scene of tremendous enthusiasm occurred at the end, the crowd swarming in thousands in front of the pavilion, and loudly cheering the players, both English and Australian. The number of people paying for admission during the four days was 76,472. This, with members and holders of privilege tickets, brought the full total to nearly 103,000. The amount taken at the gates was about £11,470. © John Wisden & Co
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