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to bat and were all out

to bat and were all out for 35 runs. The Lincoln innings was a valiant one, but despite better handling of the bowling, their final score was 34, thus losing by 1 run. According to The Press account the Lincoln team had improved since the earlier match, but their bowling would have been ineffective if opposed by competent batsmen! Apparently not one of the Lincoln team knew where their fielding positions were, or their names, and the captain had to consult a rule book and then take the players to their respective places. The match was played in pelting rain, but despite this disadvantage there was still a good turn-out of Lincoln folk who regaled the visitors “in the usual Lincoln style” after the match. 11 A year later the two schools met again when Lincoln won the two matches played, the first by 20 runs and the second by 46 runs. According to newspaper reports the standard of play was good, especially that of the Lincoln team which must be considered the “first cricketing school of the province” thanks to the coaching of headmaster Jacobson and members of the Lincoln Cricket Club. 12 The tradition of encouraging the young started early in Lincoln! The day ended with a dinner of meat, custards, pies and cakes provided by the hosts, perhaps the most enjoyable part of the outing. A Day At The Races On 21 April 1868 a race meeting was held near the Wheatsheaf Hotel. The meeting, timed to start at 12.30pm, was controlled by the rules of the Canterbury Jockey Club, and was a moderate success thanks to the efforts of the stewards and other officials. However, despite their efforts the first race, contested by six horses, set the pattern for the day when there was a protest against the winner and by the end of the meeting every race had been protested! 13 The following year races were again held, but on a site about half a mile past the Wheatsheaf Hotel and to the right of the Leeston Track (Selwyn Road). This change of location was made because of the exorbitant charge imposed by the owner of the land used for the first meeting. The occasion was better organised than the first, although provision for officials and the public was primitive. There were five races for which there were generous cash prizes, including one of 50 pounds for the winner of the Lincoln Plate run over a distance of two miles. It was an auspicious occasion and was well patronized by visitors from Christchurch who outnumbered locals, many of whom were busy with the harvest. 132

47. The Lincoln Races. Lyttelton Times. 14 May 1869. Courtesy of Papers Past. The Lincoln Cup proved to be an exciting race and something of the excitement of this race is captured by the Lyttelton Times report quoted in full below: 14 Mr Shand dropped his flag to a good line and Tantrum acting on orders, at once cut out the running, Backbiter holding second, Lyndon third, and Bobby Burns last honours. Tantrum continued to improve for some distance, the others keeping well together, Lyndon and Bobby hand held. At half 133

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