[caption id="attachment_686166" align="aligncenter" width="594"]<img class="size-full wp-image-686166" alt="Oxford vs Cambridge at Lord s Getty Images (representational photo)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/461565498.jpg" width="594" height="355" /> Oxford vs Cambridge at Lord s Getty Images (representational photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><i>In the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/varsity" target="_blank">Varsity</a> match of 1882, a curious incident took place on June 26 at Lord s. <b>Abhishek Mukherjee </b>relives a most unusual path adopted by a batsman.</i> <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/william-hamilton" target="_blank">William Drummond Hamilton</a> of Dublin was not a great cricketer. His First-Class career amounted to 9 matches, he neither bowled nor kept wickets, and his 310 runs came at 20.67. However, he did have one great moment: he played the Varsity match, in 1882. <p></p> <p></p>However, William turned out to be the most accomplished cricketer of his family. Younger brother Lowry played for Cheshire in the Minor Counties Championship and never made it to First-Class cricket. And Blayney, younger to Lowry, made a solitary First-Class appearance, for Ireland. <p></p> <p></p>An introduction of Varsity matches may not be out of place here. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/oxford-university" target="_blank">Oxford</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/cambridge-university" target="_blank">Cambridge</a> have clashed in cricket since 1827. The fixture was a brainchild of Charles Wordsworth, who would also introduce the more glamorous annual Boat Race between the universities two years later. The most famous of these, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/oxford-vs-cambridge-1870-frank-cobdens-match-449486">Frank Cobden s match</a>, was played in 1870. <p></p> <p></p>Cambridge was dominated by the Studd brothers (all of whom were known by their initials) those days. So strong were Cambridge at that point that <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/the-miracle-of-the-studd-brothers-cambridge-university-beat-the-1882-australians-327441">they comfortably beat the touring Australians earlier that season</a>. JEK, GB, and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ct-studd" target="_blank">CT</a> the elder three were all dominant cricketers of the era (GB, and more importantly, CT, played Test cricket). All three played in the match. <p></p> <p></p>There was nothing unusual about the match per se. Cambridge won easily by 7 wickets. Two Studd brothers prevailed: CT took 7 for 54 and 2 for 48 and scored a second-innings 69, whileGB sfirst-innings 120 was the only hundred of the match (he also led Cambridge); JEK, however, failed. <p></p> <p></p>Our story involves Hamilton. Oxford were reduced to 42 for 3 before a 58-run partnership. However, another collapse followed, and they were soon 116 for 6. <p></p> <p></p>At this point Hamilton walked out to face CT. This was not the Studd of August that year, wrapped in a blanket and awaiting his turn as The Oval would wait in bated breath for history. This was a rampant Studd, brimming in confidence. <p></p> <p></p>And making your Varsity debut against CT Studd, that too when your side was under pressure, was not the most nerve-soothing of scenarios.Poor Hamilton was nervous, perhaps visibly so. <p></p> <p></p>Hamilton still managed to put bat on ball. That should ideally have soothed the nerves, but he was probably a tad too anxious. He set off for a single eagerly, perhaps too eagerly. <p></p> <p></p>In fact, so eager was Hamilton that he ran through the slip cordon. <p></p> <p></p>He was obviously not given run out (he did not exactly break a law), but as Gerald Brodribb later wrote in <i>Next Man In</i>, it was not a method [of running between the wickets] not to be recommended. <p></p> <p></p><b>Brief scores:</b> <p></p> <p></p><b>Oxford University </b>165 (Edward Shaw 63; CT Studd 7 for 54) and 257 (Manley Kemp 82) lost to <b>Cambridge University </b>275 (GB Studd 120, Perceval Henery 61; Edward Peake 5 for 81) and 148 for 3 (CT Studd 69) by 7 wickets.