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Otago team battered first
Mr G.A. Martin, manager of the recent Otago touring team, reported that the team left Dunedin with 13 men. The first misfortune which occurred was at practice, when Duncan sprained his knee, and this kept him out of both the Canterbury and Auckland matches. In the Canterbury match Eckhold received a severe knock on the leg in the second innings, which prevented him from taking any further part in the tour. Siedeberg was also injured in this match, and had been partly a cripple since.
The match and visit to Auckland was most enjoyable, and the northern team very generously lent Otago a fielder when Siedeberg was disabled, and also allowed a man to run for him.Throughout the tour many of the Otago batsmen showed glimpses of their true form. The report continued that if determination and the desire to do their best should have merited success, then the Otago men deserved it.
In conclusion, Mr Martin recommended that for future touring teams young men be selected, who could stand up to the work of such a tour as the one just concluded, and that the team be picked at least a month or six weeks beforehand to allow the men to get fit, for three days’ cricket in Auckland was much more severe than three days’ play here. ODT, 27.1.1922.