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This season the First Eleven was faced with the problem of finding two opening bowlers to take the place of Thorne and Stalley, and a good spin bowler to replace Kelham. In the first case, the School was fortunate in having two capable replacements in Smith and Deval, but no worthy successor to Kelham could be found. It was this lack of a first-class spin bowler that was the main cause of the First Eleven's rather disappointing season, for all the bowlers were of medium pace, and therefore there was little variety in the attack. The batting strength, however, was as good as in previous years, and, on the whole, the fielding was very safe.
During the season there were a number of exciting finishes, but probably the best match was against Palmer's when our opponents just managed to beat the clock and win by three wickets.
Once again the match with Mr. Miles's XI was ruined by rain, and this year not a ball was bowled.
This season the School was represented in the Essex Grammar Schools' XI by Smith, Jarvis and Gymer, in the Essex Young Amateurs XI by Smith and Gymer, and in the Essex and London Schools' XIs by Brown and Gymer respectively.
Finally, on behalf of the team, I would like to offer our thanks to those members of Staff, especially Mr. Miles, who were kind enough to give up some of their spare time to umpire the School's matches, to the mothers of some boys in the School for preparing the teas at home matches, to Mr. Waterman and his assistant for preparing the wickets on which we played, and to M. Head for scoring for the team throughout the season.