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    If one definite prospect for the Australian Test team appeared during the first day's play of the match between the M.

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    ROLL ONE


    1.
    C/U. The toss: May calls correctly and decides to bat.


    2.
    M.S. Australian Eleven takes the field led by Captain John Rutherford. Followed by Simpson, McKay, O'Neill.


    3.
    M.S. (L. to R.) Richardson, Milton go to open M.C.C. innings.


    4.
    Tele. Slater's first ball of innings. Well outside off-stump, Richardson lifts bat, allows to go through.


    5.
    Tele. Richardson feels for this one from Slater; it goes through to be taken by keeper Watson.


    6.
    Tele. NO GOOD.


    7.
    Tele. Hoare's first delivery to Milton. Almost a wide.


    8.
    Tele. Hoare to Milton again -- outside the off-stump and once more taken by Watson. Note umbrella field seen well in these two shots. Five slips and one leg slip and only two men besides the bowler in front of the batsman.


    9.
    Tele. Slater to Milton: out away for a single. Fielded by Shepherd; returned to Watson.


    10.
    Tele. Left-hander Subba Row faces first ball in Australia. From Slater, it's outside the off-stump and allowed to go through.


    11.
    Tele. Subba Row turns one from Slater to leg; no score.


    12.
    Tele. Hoare to Subba Row -- and two runs for a nice shot.


    13.
    Tele. Hoare to Subba Row -- outside the leg stump; taken by keeper Watson.


    14.
    Tele. Strauss to Cowdrey: a leg bye.


    15.
    Tele. Strauss to May; he turns it to leg for a single; this is the last ball of the over in which Stauss had Subba Row caught behind for fourteen.


    16.
    Tele. Slater to May: a straight drive to the long on boundary -- the four of the match in forty runs.


    17.
    Strauss to Coedrey: neatly turned backward of square leg for three -- and the fifty comes up in sixty four minutes.


    18.
    Tele. The versatile O' Neill bowls his spencer to May.


    19.
    Tele. O'Neill to May. Out to point; returned by Mckay to Watson: No run.


    20.
    Tele. Germaine to Cowdrey.


    21.
    Tele. Germaine to Cowdrey.


    22.
    Tele. Germaine to Cowdrey who on-drives him for two.



    ROLL TWO AND THREE


    1.
    C.U. Slater's bowling action; Cowdrey steers it away for three.


    2.
    C.U. Cutaway - spectators.A sunny day in Perth.


    3.
    C.U. Cutaway - spectator keenly watching play.


    4.
    Tele. Cutaway - A.B.C. commentators Alec Bedser and Allen Magillvray broadcasting the game to Australia.


    5.
    C.U. Cutaway - it's not yet summer in Australia but this cricket fan found that his shirt was unnecessary.


    6.
    L.S. Cutaway - another four to May is greeted with applause from the crowd.


    7.
    C.U. Cutaway - bananas first; cricket's just another attraction for this younger and he's well sheltered from the hot October sun.


    8.
    L.S. Cutaway - crowd applauds when Cowdery, off a no ball from Strauss, hits a six.


    9.
    C.U. Cutaway - programme of the game.


    10,11,12.
    Tele. Rutherford to Cowdrey not very good.


    13.
    C.U. Cutaway - spectator with glasses following the play.


    14.
    C.U. Pan. O'Neill bowls to Bailey.


    15.
    C.U. Pan. O'Neill to Cowdrey. cut to point; no run.


    16.
    NO GOOD.


    17.
    Tele. cowdrey walking to pavilion after being dismissed for seventy eight.


    18.
    Tele. Score-board shows M.C.C. score four wickets for one nine nine.


    19.
    Tele. Bailey gets off Slater.


    20.
    Tele. Up comes the two hundred.


    21.
    Tele. Slater to Evans -- a wild swing taken keeper Watson.


    22.
    Tele. Slater to Evans who blocks; fielded by bowler.


    23.
    Tele. Peter May joins Bailey on way to wicket for the second time. Bailey walks up to creases to act for runner for May.


    24.
    Tele Slater to Evans.


    25.
    Tele. Slater to May.


    26.
    Tele. Slater to May.


    27.
    Tele. Strauss to Evans: to mid off, no run.


    28.
    Tele. Hoare to May, no score.


    29.
    Tele. Hoare to May, no score.


    30.
    Tele. Hoare to May, to mid on this time, no score.


    31.
    C.U. Cutaway - Sir Donald Bradman watches game.


    32.
    C.U. Bradman watching play and talking to English Cricket writer E.W. Swanton.


    33.
    Tele. Peter May limps from square leg to the wicket.


    34.
    Tele. Evans cuts one from Rutherford backward of point for a single.


    35.
    Tele. Appeal against the light by May, ten minutes before scheduled stumps, is allowed, and batsmen and fieldsmen walk off.




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: If one definite prospect for the Australian Test team appeared during the first day's play of the match between the M.C.C. and an Australian Eleven in Perth, it was the West Australian fast medium bowler, Keith Slater.

    Slater, who sensationally bowled four of England's top batsmen in one spell during the match the M.C.C. played, against Western Australia, earlier in the week, ended the day with two wickets for sixty five runs off fourteen overs, two of which were maidens.

    His figures are not impressive, by any means, we'll agree, but experts who watched him bowl considered his deliveries bothered the Englishmen so much that, with a few extra games under his belt, he'd be a worthy contender for a place as one of Australia's two opening bowlers for the forthcoming Test series.

    The great Australian batsmen of past years and present Australian Test selector, Sir Donald Bradman, took a keen interest in Slater's bowling, and did not miss one of his deliveries during his opening spell. And it was in this period that Slater took his two wickets -- those of the openers, Richardson, for four, and Milton, for fifteen, both caught in the slips by the combined eleven captain John Rutherford.

    Slater took both these wickets in the earlier game -- plus those of May and Graveney.

    Peter May won the toss and elected to bat. As he made up his mind, he remarked to John Rutherford that "as the weather man says it will rain, I'll bat." It was a fast and hard wicket; no rain fell (and no rain is likely).

    Individually, the M.C.C. batsmen were not very impressive in the early stages, but once they had settled in, they showed some crowd pleasing strokes.

    If there was one M.C.C. batsman whose early innings was impressive, however, it was the left hander Subba Row, playing his first game in Australia.

    Subba Row began in sparkling form and the crowd felt they had lost something when he was dismissed for fourteen.

    When on sixty-odd, May played an awkward shot to an easy ball and fell on the ground. He retired, hurt, some minutes later and said in the dressing room that he thought he had damaged a ligament, He came back to the crases, however, when England had lost Bailey and the score was five for two hundred and eleven, and with Bailey as his runner, plodded on, sometimes playing excellent shots, till he successfully appealed against the fading light, about ten minutes before scheduled stumps.

    At this stage, May was ninety six not out, and the wicket keeper Godfrey Evans, in cavalier form, had compiled forty eight.

    The M.C.C. had rehabilitated themselves from a poor, one for six, and a mediocre, three for thirty three to be five down for two hundred and eight at the close of play.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5PA6ENO2032W2NP64MPU4BIZW
    Media URN:
    VLVA5PA6ENO2032W2NP64MPU4BIZW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:07:42:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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