Cricket Leinster are currently digitising our archives back to the start of the league in 1919. Scores and averages were meticulously kept, but I’d love to hear an opinion on a problem we have with many of the earlier matches.
Once thing that was not recorded was the winning margin. So we know who won each match, but it is not always possible to work out who batted first. And this is further complicated by it being fairly common for the side batting second to continue batting when they passed the total of the side batting first.
So a typical score could be Dublin University (200-6) beat Royal Hibernian Military School (85 ao). We had assumed that Dublin University won by 115 runs, but in fact it turns out that batted second, and batted on after passing the RHMS total.
Has anyone experienced something similar before? And is there any convention for recording such results?