England's win in the Second Test against the luckless New Zealanders, was devastating. After a?
England's win in the Second Test against the luckless New Zealanders, was devastating. After a first innings of only 269, and after again winning the toss, England managed to skittle the Tourists out twice for less than 100 runs. A first innings of 47 was followed by a second of 74 on a rain-affected wicket.
Thus it was that, shortly after 3.30 on Saturday, the third day, the crowd of 20,000 were placated by the announcement of an exhibition match between the teams, to fill in. This was greeted by the day's loudest applause and in a carnival spirit, the exhibition game went on until a storm broke at 5.30.
Apart from the gaiety of the experimental exhibition knock-about, the day's brightness was added by opening batsman and top scorer, D'Arcy, and last man Hayes, who hit Laker into the Mound stand twice for sixes.
D'Arcy, a young batsman of great promise, batted beautifully, making 33 of the second innings 74. He was rarely in trouble against either the pace of Trueman and Loader or the spin of Laker and Lock. When out, caught by Bailey off Trueman, he had scored all but 11 of the runs on the board.
English bowling honours were fairly evenly shared until Lock gathered the tail-enders and finished with 4-12.
In the exhibition game, which nearly all the 20,000 waited to see, skipper Peter May hit five sixes for England in his 45, including three off successive balls.