First Team vs. Hallam and Stumperlowe (2 : 0)
Wednesday, December 26, 1860, found the Scarlet and White at Sandygate, where with a weak team they beat a combination of Hallam and Stumperlowe rather easily. This match was played on Wednesday upon the Hallam Cricket ground in the presence of a large number of spectators.
Owing to the severe weather several players were absent from each side, but the spirit exhibited by those who were present prevented the game from flagging or becoming uninteresting to the observers, who were extremely liberal with their plaudits on the successful “charge” or quiet “dodge”, and equally unsparing in their sarcasm and country “chaff” on the unfortunate victims of the slippery ground or the “pure” scientific.
The day was beautiful and the uniform of the men contrasting with each other and the pure snow had a most picturesque appearance. The Sheffielders turned out in their usual scarlet and white, whilst most of the country players wore the blue garment of the Hallam Club. It would be invidious to pick out the play of any particular gentlemen when all did well, but we must give the palm to the Sheffield players as being the most scientific and also more alive to the advantage of upsetting their opponents.
No serious accidents however occurred – the game was conducted with good temper and in a friendly spirit – and when darkness closed upon the scene, the Sheffield Club, notwithstanding their inferior numbers, counted two goals to nothing, and went home fully satisfied with their victory.
The match was originally scheduled to be played with 16 players a side, but some players did not turn up.