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    Sale 5310

    The Sporting Sale

    1 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 216


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    A 9ct. gold cigarette case, hallmarked Chester, 1929, 155 gms., flip-top lid, 129 x 80mm., inside front lid engraved: "M.C.C. Australasian Tour 1929-30", and with the quotation: "'Captain! Captain! We struck a rock'" above the facsimile signatures of E.H. Bowley (Sussex), E.W. Dawson (Leicestershire), G.F. Earle (Somerset), F. Barratt (Notts), S. Worthington (Derbyshire), E.J. Benson (Oxford U.), M.S. Nichols (Essex), W.L. Cornford (Sussex), M.J. Turnbull (Glamorgan), K.S. Duleepsinhji (Sussex), M.J.C. Allom (Surrey), G.B. Legge (Kent), and F.E. Woolley (Kent).

    The quotation on this gift to the team captain, Harold Gilligan, is intriguing since the tour was not unsuccessful. The M.C.C. side were in New Zealand from mid December until the end of February, where they won the first of four test matches by 8 wickets; the other three were left unfinished. Prior to their arrival in New Zealand, the team visited Australia and played against the five different states, beating Western Australia and South Australia, losing to Victoria and Queensland, and drawing a heavy-scoring game against New South Wales at Sydney where there were six three-figure innings, four to NSW, inclduing 157 to Bradman and 108 to Kippax, and two to M.C.C. including Woolley's 219. If Bradman was "the rock," the quotation was certainly prophetic of events in the 1930 English season.

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