Saturday, 24 March 2012

Henry (Harry) Moses - cricketer (part 3)

Gossip from the East
Harry Moses, of Sydney, will go to England in April, and, if required, will play for Australia in
some of the matches. The famous Sydney bitsman has been showing fair form lately.
The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth) Friday 6 March 1896 page 3

H. Moses, the great Sydney left handed batsman, has recently arrived in England. According to the London Sportsman, he is in England on a pleasure visit, and will probably remain till October. He is greatly interested in fox terrior breeding, which is one of the chief reasons for his making the trip. He does not, we under stand, intend to play cricket — in fact, he would possibly find his leg again give way as soon as he attempted to do so. Possibly, however, his love for the game may, after all, prove too strong to resist.
The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth) Friday 17 July 1896 page 15

[part of a report entitled GOSSIP]
I met Mr. Harry Moses, who arrived last Friday by the Himalaya. He is looking first rate, and has introduced himself to the authorities at Lord's Cricket Ground, and has been made an honorary member during his stay. In reply to the question whether he would play for the Australians if
wanted, he said, ' Certainly, but I don't think they will want any assistance outside of their team by the way they are shaping.'
The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth) Friday 24 July 1896 page 1

A letter has been received from the Central Cumberland crack, who wrote on the eve of the Yorkshire match at Leeds. Among other things he said : — ' Our fellows are an exceedingly steady lot, and we are going along right merrily.
My own failure I can't account for. I am in grand health, and feel in capital form, but I get out with very loose balls. I have been out with three balls right off the wicket, and once with a full pitcher. . . Harry Moses (of Sydney) is staying at the Tavistock, and is slowly getting his land-legs again. He looks well, but thin.'
The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth) Friday 14 August 1896 page 13

Some tall scoring was seen at Lord's on June 29 in the M.C.C. v. Oxford University match, but as the Oxford captain, in view of the big contest with Cambridge on July 2, played only two or three of
his regular team and left out all the bowlers, the game counted for little less than a practice match. M.C.C., 583 for seven, declared (W. G. Druce 100, Trott 67 not out, H. "Herbert" 86); Oxford 251 and 223 (Trott ten for 192). Of Mr "Herbert " Cricket writes : When Mr "Herbert " came in to bat for the M.C.C. against Oxford University, many of the spectators in the free seats did not recognise him, but after be had sampled an over or two, an old gentleman, who had some knowledge of thegame, hit the nail on the head when he remarked, "I don't remember to have seen this Mr. "Erbert" before, but he's 'class.' " Mr. '"Herbert " was Harry Moses, of Sydney.
The Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth) Friday 4 September 1896 page 5

Mr. Harry Moses returned to Sydney by the R.M.S, Australia, which reached Melbourne on Mon day. During his stay in England the consistent Australian batsman played in a few matches of minor
importance, and was present at all the principal engagements of the Australian Eleven.
Australian Town and Country Journal Saturday 21 November 1896 page 40
[Note in a report entitled 'Cricket. N.S.W. Cricket Association. The Australian Eleven and Intercolonial Matches.' that included a discussion on payment for players in these matches]

Mr Harry Moses was granted a permit to play for Burwood in the electorate competition.
Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 1 December 1896 page 6

HarryMoses, the one-time New South Wales champion batsman, has returned from England, and the other day was practicing at the nets.
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) Friday 4 December 1896 page 6

Mr. Harry Moses, who returned from England last week, has been granted a permit to play for Burwood in the Electorate Premiership Competition.
Australian Town and Country Journal Saturday 5 December 1896 page 40

In a recent interview with a representative of the London publication "Cricket," Harry Moses, the N.S.W. batsman who lately visited England, speaking of his early cricketing days, said: "In the year that I had an average of 64 I was not selected for tho intercolonial matches. The reason for this was that one of the committee, a very prominent man, was strongly of opinion that a left handed batsman could not possibly be any good. He has since told me this himself. But he wasn't alone in this opinion in those days, for I was the despair of a well-known member of one of the Australian teams, who used to try to get me to face the bowler instead of standing sideways as everybody else does. He thought that by doing this I should be more likely to play with a straight bat. It was the general idea that left-handed batsmen could hit very hard to leg, but that was their only stroke; but, as regards my self, I have never made big leg hits; I have always glanced the ball away."

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