THE ceaseless process of change is still at work in the S.R.G.S., as elsewhere, but the duty of chronicling the departure of the two senior members of the School Staff is one which has not hitherto fallen to our lot. We feel sure that both Mr. Pode and Dr. Latham carry with them the good wishes, not only of the present generation of boys, but also of those who hove gone forth into the world, In addition to the ordinary routine work of the class-room, both gentlemen took a wide interest in the outside life of the School. For many years Mr. Pode's name was intimately connected with the management of the cricket and athletic sports; while as a wielder of the willow and a hard hitter lie will long be remembered. In Dr. Latham's case it would be difficult indeed to name any of the "additional subjects” of the School life in which he was not interested, though naturally things literary and musical were those which mostly claimed his attention. The School Literary Society frequently found itself beholden to him; while the work undertaken by him in the organization of the School concerts can only be fully appreciated by those who have themselves had the direction of similar functions.
(For the following brief memoir, we are indebted to the "Sheffield Telegraph.")
Mr. Sandford was a Scholar of Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he entered in the year 1837. He took his B.A. in 1840, and his M.A. three years later. His first curacy was at Acton, in Cheshire, where he worked from 1840 to 1843. He then came to Sheffield as Vice-Principal of the Collegiate School, and in 1846 was appointed Vicar of St. Jude's, Eldon Street, and for twenty-eight yours out of the thirty-four he held that position he acted as Chaplain at the Sheffield Cemetery. The best years of his life were spent in i1 work of a poor parish. When he became Vicar of St. Jude's there wars no church, but he was not long in starting on the uphill task of collecting the money necessary for one. A few Sheffield men contributed liberally, but he did not get that general support which he had a right to look for. Hence he was driven to secure help wherever possible, and after an anxious time he secured money enough to justify him in making a commencement with the building scheme. Once the church was up, additions in the way of beautifying its interior were made from time to time, and in clue course the Vicar had a well-appointed church, and in the management of the various parochial agencies he had the sympathetic co-operation of an admiring band of workers. Having provided himself with a church, Mr. Sandford turned his attention to the provision of an elementary school. A site was secured at a cost of £500, and a school-house was built at a cost of upwards of £2,000. Again difficulty and expense were met with in consequence of having to sink deeply into the soil for a good foundation, but in all his efforts the Vicar had tine loyal support of his congregation, and a very successful bazaar relieved him of financial anxiety in regard to the school. He also started a fund for the erection of a vicarage. This work, too, was carried out successfully, and Mr. Sandford had the satisfaction of spending many happy years within the vicarage. The claims of a crowded town parish made heavy calls upon his time and strength. But he gave cheerfully of both, and gained his reward in the ever-increasing measure of esteem felt for and displayed to him by his parishioners.
In the year 1880 Mr. Sandford was appointed Vicar of Ecclesall, the vacancy in that living having been caused by the death of the Rev. Edward Newman, who had filled it for nearly a quarter-of-a-century. The patron of the living was the Archdeacon of Sheffield, and Dr. Blakeney, who then held that position, asked Mr. Sandford's acceptance of it. Promotion had never been more worthily earned. Thirty-four years' work in a town parish is a large and heavy drain on the strength of any man, and the deceased was justified, in the eyes of all men, in making way for a younger clergyman at St. Jude's, by taking upon himself the lighter task of looking after a rural parish like that of Ecclesall.
He gained the high regard of his parishioners by his kindness and courtesy, and his ever-ready sympathy for everyone in sorrow and affliction irrespective of creed or ritual. From 1880 up to his death, the deceased continued to be Vicar of Ecclesall, spending the years in happy communion with the scattered population of the parish. A time came, of course, when he began to feel the burden of his years, but that was long after he had passed his three-score years and ten. He performed the duties of his office in a way which won the admiration of his brother clergy, and the people to whom he ministered. The kindness of his nature won him many friends, and when on rare occasions he found himself in opposition to any of his parishioners, he fought for that which lire believed to be right with a firmness which evoked admiration, and a gentleness and fairness in harmony with the spirit of that God of love and peace of which he was such an ardent exponent.
This competition was brought to a conclusion on May 26th, F. H. Bramley and Brown being the winners.
J. G. Chambers and Lockwood beat Mr. Overend avid Haslam, 15-6, 17-4,
S. Maleham and Glauert beat C. S. Coombe and Thomas, 14-7, 15-13, 15-11.
E. Chambers and Coombe beat Dr. Stokes and James, 15-1, 15-3.
V. H. Bramley and Brown beat A. B. Chambers and Forsdike, 15-10, 17-14.
S. Maleham and Glauert beat J. G. Chambers and Lockwood, 15-9, 15-11.
E. Chambers and Coombe beat Mr. Richardson and Price, 15-9, 15-9. Eyre and Frost beat Mr. Smith and Lee, 15-13, 15-13.
F. H. Bramley and Brown beat S. Maleham and Glauert, 15-7, 15-8. Eyre and Frost beat E. Chambers and Coombe, 15-8, 11-15, 15-9.
F. H. Bramley and Brown beat Eyre and Frost, 15-4, 15-13.
S.R.G.S. v. ROTHERHAM G.S. (2ND XI.)
At Rotherham, June 22nd. We won by nine runs. Coombe and Price were highest scorers
S.R.G.S, V. SHEFFIELD CLERGY.
This annual fixture was played at Broomhall Park on June 29th. The Clergy occupied the wickets first, and put together 249 in three and a half hours, thanks to a brilliant innings of 109 by the Rev. L. E. Day. For the School, who were without Thomas (the captain) and Lockwood, Bramley and Eyre hit strongly, scoring 59 for the fourth wicket, the former hitting two sixes in his fine innings. Lee and Turner were instrumental in saving the game. Score:-
S.R.G.S. (2ND XI.) v. DRONFIELD.
At Dronfield, on June 29. We won by 15 runs on the first innings. Frost and Coombe were in good form with the bat, while Perrot quite came out as a bowler.
S.R.G.S. V. WM.. HUTTON AND SONS.
This return fixture was played somewhere near Rustlings Road, on July 2. Lockwood, who was absent through illness, and Brown, who failed to appear, were absentees from the School eleven. Words fail to describe the ground, and though our performance was rather poor, it is a wonder that we did not fail altogether. Eyre was again chief scorer and, with Mr. Richardson, added 54 for the second wicket. Haslam claimed five wickets for 18 runs. Score
S.R.G.S. v. Rotherham G.S.
The return match was played at Rotherham on July 6th, and after another close finish we managed to will by three runs. Being again given first innings, we made 113, thanks to Lockwood 25, Thomas 23, James 17. Lockwood's innings was an excellent one, his batting all round the wicket being sound. Baker and Heap again started well, making 62 between them, and Telling II also batted well. Our fielding was slack, there being a tendency when the ball was mis-fielded to go leisurely after it instead of trying to rectify the mistake with all speed, Thomas, who injured himself while batting, managed to bowl, though in pain, and met with no little success.
S.R.G.S. v. ROTHERHAM G.S. (2ND XI.).
At Broomhall Park, July 6th. The 2nd XI. recorded another win, for whom Wing, Price, and Dodson, were chief contributors.
S.R.G.S. v. WESLEY COLLEGE,
The above match took place on the School ground on Saturday, July 9th. If ever the School had a chance of winning the match it was this year, and though a keen game was anticipated the home team was perhaps the favourite. Thomas lost the toss, and the College opened with Rhodes and Collins The start was sufficiently sensational, as Haslam, bowling from the pavilion end, got Rhodes caught at mid-off in his first over, while in his second over he clean bowled Skinner with an easy slow delivery. This put the School team on its mettle, and the fielding was distinctly good. By dint of careful play, the score was raised, though wickets continued to fall. Lee was instrumental in dismissing half the side. The ninth wicket fell at 69, but Slater, a left-hand batsman, indulged in some free hitting, finding Thomas especially to his liking, whom he punished very severely, and took the total to 89 when Lee knocked his stumps down. It should be mentioned that Nicholson played a steady and valuable innings of 27 for his side. 89 was not a particularly formidable total to face, and it was thought that the School would be quite equal to the task, But it was not to be. Eyre and Lockwood, as usual, occupied the wickets first, but in the initial over from Rhodes Eyre mis-hit a breaking ball and was neatly taken by Coradine in the long slips. This was the beginning of a series of disasters. Glauert and James were easily dismissed, and though Haslam opened promisingly, he was out to a wretched " spoon" to cover point with 8 runs to his credit. Lockwood pluckily kept up his wicket, but was obviously in difficulties, and was beaten by a beautiful delivery of Rhodes', who hereabouts was keeping a fine length and proving most difficult to play. Lee and Brown afforded Thomas but little assistance, and with seven wickets down for 29 the game was as good as over. It was at this crisis that Turner joined Thomas, and the pair manfully strove to steer the tide of disaster. By some vigorous hitting they added to the score to an extent of 30 runs, and considerably raised the hopes of the School. Turner treated the spectators to his best innings of the season, while Thomas' hitting was always safe, and to his resolute batting the respectable proportions of the score were due. With these two out for 21 and 18 the end soon came, for though Perrot presented a stubborn defence, Hattersley was no match for Rhodes, and at a quarter to five the College had won by 22 runs. The match was well contested, though the issue was disappointing from the School point of view.
S.R.G.S. v. SHEFFIELD CANTABS.
On the School ground on July 16th, and resulting in an even draw. The feature of the School's innings was a brilliant innings of 60 by Mr. Richardson, who gave a splendid display all round the wicket, and was deservedly applauded at the close. In a lesser degree Eyre (29) and Thomas contributed to a total of 155 by clever and characteristic play. The Cantabs totalled 101 for six wickets, and so left off with none the worst of the game. The Rev. J. Darbyshire, once again showed his old School what a masterly batsman he is, while S. C. Darbyshire and Sandford ably assisted him.
S.R.G.S. v. DONCASTER G.S.
Played at Broomhall Park on July 20th, and won by the School by 5 runs and one wicket. The visitors batted first, and put together 92 by slow, though steady, cricket, of which Batty was responsible for 26, and Blockman and Young 19 and 15 respectively. The School made 97 for nine wickets, Lockwood 14, Glauert 14, Thomas and Turner 10 each. Lockwood was unfortunate in being run out when well set, for he is always a pretty bat to watch. There was some excitement towards the end, but the necessary runs were made, and the School left winners as stated above. For the School Lees was the best bowler.
S.R.G.S. v. OLD BOYS
This, the last match of the season, took place on July 23rd, in very wet weather. The Past were fortunate enough to win the toss, and sent the School to field in the rain. Free hitting characterised the O.Bs.' innings, Parkin's driving being tremendous. The chief scores were W. Campsall 34, W. Sandford 27, W. Parkin 26, A. B. Chambers 23. Between sundry adjournments to the pavilion the respectable total of 139 was reached, the batting side profiting by several catches which were dropped. When the School commenced their innings the rain had dropped and the sun had made its appearance, but for all that a sorry display was given, the whole side being out for 66. Mr. Barton and Eyre alone offered resistance to the attack of Parkin and Darbyshire. Following on the School did a little better, scoring 90 for the loss of seven wickets, Eyre again showing his form, and Haslam batting capitally for 17. Brown substituted for Lockwood, who failed to put in an appearance. Much interest was centred in the bowling analysis, and Lee, by capturing three wickets for 32 runs, qualified for and won the Average ball.
WE may look back on the Cricket Season of 1898 with feelings of justifiable satisfaction. Out of a total of 14 matches played, 9 have been won, 3 lost, and 2 drawn ; a record which will bear favourable comparison with previous years, and one which is really gratifying to all concerned. One of the defeats was administered by Doncaster School, on whom the tables were turned in the home match ; the second was inflicted by a strong team of Old Boys ; the third match we lost to Wesley College after a fairly close game; indeed, had the batting approached the standard of the bowling and fielding on that day, it is more than probable that we should have scored a victory. Five of our best wickets fell, however, for ten runs, and it was only through a plucky display of fearless hitting by the remaining members of the team that an utter breakdown was averted.
Our success in the general results of the season was due chiefly to the power of attack, as there was no lack of bowling talent when the more regular trundlers failed. We felt the need, however, of a slow bowler, that " rarissima avis" of a school team, and should gladly have welcomed one. The batting was perhaps more uncertain than the bowling, but often the least likely members of the eleven rose to the occasion and displayed previously unknown powers of hitting, which was of the "hard, high, and often" order, but decidedly effective at times. Among the batsmen we should perhaps pick out Eyre, who heads the averages with a creditable total of runs. The weakest point in the play was most certainly the fielding, for which there was no possible excuse. A victory at Rotherham was nearly converted into a defeat through really bad fielding, at least six or seven easy catches being missed. We cannot lay too much stress on the fact that saving runs in the held is as useful as making them with the bat, while it must also be remembered that bowling, however good it may be, is likely to become thoroughly demoralised when one catch after another is dropped. It is in every boy's power to field well, the whole matter resolving itself into a question of practice. I n fact it is noticeable that the best fields in the team were those boys who turned out most regularly at the nets, The captain certainly set a splendid example in this respect, and may be congratulated on the success of the team, as many of our victories were largely due to his good generalship and keenness.
The second eleven, too, has on the whole, done remarkably well, showing quite good cricket. We depend to a. great extent on them to uphold the cricket reputation of the School in future seasons, and it is our sincerest hope that we shall have to record more and greater victories than have fallen to our share in the past.
[Owing to lack of space, the Cricket Averages are held over till next issue]
We welcome among us the following gentlemen who have joined the School Staff this term :-A. Watson, B.A., St. John's College, Cambridge ; G. H. Merrikin, B.A., St. Catherine's College, Oxford ; S. Nicholson, St. Peter's College, Cambridge.
Mr. King has been appointed to the First Division of the Preparatory School. Mr. Hodgetts continues the work of the First Mathematical Division, the Second Division being allotted to Mr. Caudwell.
G. Norwood (distinguished in Latin), C. W. Dodson, and J. A. Pate have passed the Oxford and Cambridge Higher Certificate Examination.
The new boys have been placed as follows :-Bertram, Form II.; Mathematical Division, 4; Carr, III., 4; Charlesworth, II., 5; Copley, Prep. II.; Davies V, L, 5; Downing, I., 4; Fowler, 1., 5; Goddard, I., 4; Goodall, Prep, I.; Hartle, Prep. L; Lipson, I., 4; Liversidge, Prep. II.; Lowe, I., 4; Matthews, Prep. I.; Pearson, Il., 4; Rickett, L, 6; Shanks, I., 4; Stephenson, II., 4; Truelove, II., 5; Unwin, II., 5.