• Short Summary

    RAIN HIT THE OPENING DAY OF THE FIRST TEST AT TRENT BRIDGE TODAY (THURSDAY), DELAYING THE START FOR TWENTY MINUTES AND THEN DRIVING THE PLAYERS OFF AFTER ENGLAND HAD SCORED 52 FOR ONE AGAINST AUSTRALIA.

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    RAIN HIT THE OPENING DAY OF THE FIRST TEST AT TRENT BRIDGE TODAY (THURSDAY), DELAYING THE START FOR TWENTY MINUTES AND THEN DRIVING THE PLAYERS OFF AFTER ENGLAND HAD SCORED 52 FOR ONE AGAINST AUSTRALIA. THERE WAS ONLY 90 MINUTES OF PLAY.

    THERE'D BEEN AN EARLY SENSATION WHEN OPENING BAT JOHN EDRICH WITHDREW INJURED FROM THE ENGLAND SIDE FORTY MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE TEST. MIDDLESEX ALL-ROUNDED FRED TITMUS WAS PRESSED INTO SERVICE AS AN EMERGENCY OPENING BATSMAN.

    TITMUS, WITH BOYCOTT AS HIS PARTNER, OPENED ENGLAND'S FIRST INNINGS AFTER RAIN DELAYED THE START FOR TWENTY-FIVE MINUTES. AND THESE TWO -- BOYCOTT PLAYING IN HIS FIRST TEST AND TITMUS, THE MAKESHIFT OPENER -- GAVE ENGLAND A BETTER START THAN MANY THEY'VE HAD WITH TWO FULLY ACCREDITED OPENING BATSMEN.

    IT WAS A WET TIME FOR THESE TWO...TITMUS WAS DETERMINED NOT TO GET BOGGED DOWN IF HE COULD HELP IT. EIGHT RUNS FROM THE FIRST EIGHT OVERS WAS HEAVY GOING. THERE WAS THEN A FLURRY OF RUNS, INCLUDING ONE SPLENDID COVER BOUNDARY BY TITMUS, FOLLOWED BY AN INCIDENT WHICH BROUGHT FORTH A DELIGHTFUL GESTURE FROM GROUT.

    TITMUS, ANSWERING BOYCOTT'S CALL FOR A QUICK SINGLE, WAS BUNDLED OVER BY HAWKE, THE BOWLER, AS HAWKE MADE FOR THE BALL AND TITMUS FOR THE WICKETKEEPER'S END. CORLING, COMING IN FROM MID-ON, PICKED UP THE BALL WITH TITMUS STILL ON THE GROUND AND THREW UNDERARM TO GROUT. IF GROUT HAD CHOSEN TO DO SO HE COULD HAVE RUN TITMUS OUT BY YARDS. INSTEAD HE TURNED AWAY FROM THE STUMPS - AN ACT OF SPORTSMANSHIP IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CRICKET. IN THE SAME OVER TITMUS WAS CAUGHT OUT BY REDPATH.

    BY 10 MINUTES TO ONE, DEXTER WAS IN AND BY 1.20 THE LAST BALL HAD BEEN BOWLED. DEXTER HAS ENGAGED SO FAR IN SOME PERILOUS SPARRING OUTSIDE THE OFF STUMP, FOR WHICH THE CREDIT GOES TO MCKENZIE. ONCE, TOO, DRIVING AT HAWKE HE LOBBED THE BALL BETWEEN MID-OFF AND THE BOWLER. DEXTER'S REACTION TO THIS WAS TO UNFOLD A MAGNIFICENT OVER DRIVE AGAINST MCKENZIE, WHICH WAS FIELDED AS MAGNIFICENTLY BY O'NEILL.

    THAT ONE PIECE OF CRICKET SET THE CROWD OF SOME 15,000 -- INCLUDING CRICKETS' ROYAL PATRON PRINCE PHILIP -- HUMMING WITH EXPECTATION. BUT THE RAIN WAS TO DRENCH THEIR HOPES. SOON AFTER 4 O'CLOCK THERE WAS JUST THE CHANCE OF A RESUMPTION. SOON AFTER FIVE THE SQUARE WAS UNDER WATER, LEAVING DOUBTS EVEN ON THE PROSPECTS FOR FRIDAY.

    THE PITCH WAS SKELTERED FROM THE WORST OF THE RAIN, THOUGH NOT FROM IT ALL. IT WAS 4.50 BEFORE PLAY WAS ABANDONED FOR THE DAY AND THE COVERS COULD, BY LAW, BE APPLIED.

    FINAL SCOREBOARD:
    G. BOYCOTT, NOT OUT....................23
    F.J.TITMUS, C REDPATH, B HAWKE.........16
    E.R.DEXTER, NOT OUT.................... 6
    EXTRAS................................. 7
    TOTAL (1 WKT).......................... 52

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5Z3OZIBJ437RRMYC94FHWJP0M
    Media URN:
    VLVA5Z3OZIBJ437RRMYC94FHWJP0M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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