Trophy presented to the MCC on the centenary of the VCA in 1995, consisting of the ball used by TJ Matthews to take a hattrick at Lords in 1912

Object Type
Trophies and awards/Trophy/Sporting equipment/Ball
Date Used
27 May 1912
04 Oct 1995
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Trophy, presentation balls; consists of two used cricket balls made from red and brown leather. Balls have been screwed onto silver stems, and mounted onto a wooden display stand. The stand also features four metal plaques which include engraved inscriptions: "Presented to the Melbourne Cricket Club / by the Victorian Cricket Association / on the occasion of the Centenary of the V.C.A. / 4 October 1995"; "T.J. Matthews Trophy / for a unique Bowling feat, / THE DOUBLE HAT TRICK. / in Triangular Test Series at Lords. / 27'5'1912". The two smaller plaques detail the two aforementioned hat tricks. Balls consist of four panels; each ball has been stitched around the centre with six rows of twine stitching.
0 - Whole: H: 160 W: 290 D: 183mm (H: 6 5/16 W: 11 7/16 D: 7 3/16")
Date Used
27 May 1912
04 Oct 1995
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The plaque on this trophy is incorrect. The match was at Old Trafford not Lords, and the two hat-tricks occurred on day 2, the 28th not the 27th.

- James Brear

Posted on 26-10-2021 04:25:28