Otago’s cricketing prospects

The Otago men’s cricket team (from left, back row) W. Beal (umpire), D. Lewis (masseur,...
The Otago men’s cricket team (from left, back row) W. Beal (umpire), D. Lewis (masseur, Wellington), H.C. Alloo, H. Duncan, Knight (twelfth man), A. Alloo, W. Baker (umpire); (seated) G.R. Dickinson, A. Galland, J. Shepherd (captain), J. McMullan, Rev E.O. Blamires, R.DeR. Worker; (front) W.M. Douglas, R. Cherry. — Otago Witness, 29.1.1924
The selection of the Otago team to play Wellington is practically certain to disclose at least two changes in the personnel. Dickinson will displace one man, and H. Duncan’s claims for inclusion can hardly be overlooked. Apart from his performance in the Carisbrook Albion matches, Duncan’s play in the match against North Otago must have improved his chances, for, though the opposition was weak, his display must be regarded as creditable. A keen and accurate cover field and a sound batsman who can vary his tactics to suit the bowling, Duncan bids fair to be selected. Why should the Otago team not include Invercargill’s ‘‘star’’ performer? I understand that Driscoll is eligible for selection, and he certainly merits favourable consideration. Uttley, the North Otago batsman, is a player whose fielding supports his batting in recommending him, and Conradi is another ‘‘allrounder’’ deserving of mention. It will be difficult to decide what players are to be ‘‘dropped’’ from the touring team, and it is very unlikely — and hardly advisable — that as many as five changes should be made. Dunning will probably make one change possible, and Torrance might make another. Douglas should be able to retain his place and Knight’s performances entitle him to continued confidence. The North End v South End match on Saturday last, if not possessing many features, served to show further the effect of Dickinson’s bowling. A good performance by Dickinson in the match against Wellington should leave him a likely candidate for a position in the New Zealand team.

We have no dole queues

So much has been heard of the unemployment question that it is gratifying to find the position in Dunedin one for little concern. The opinion of the local Labour Department based on the applications received by it, is that there is not nearly so much unemployment here as is the case in cities such as Wellington and Auckland. The figures for 1923 show that there was never one week when the applicants numbered more than 30. A large number of the unemployed found positions with the Public Works Department, going either to Otago Central or Beaumont. The majority of those who seek employment at any time are unskilled labourers, although at times tradesmen have found it necessary to seek work. The trade which was most affected was the engineering trade. There was never any difficulty in placing skilled tradesmen, such as carpenters and plasterers. The position with regard to women is that anyone possessing a knowledge of domestic work need never be out of employment. Domestic workers are scarce, but it is anticipated that the immigrants will relieve the position. — ODT, 10.1.1924

Compiled by Peter Dowden