b'17951908 MONTY NOBLES BENEFIT MATCH, AUSTRALIAN XI v REST OF AUSTRALIA, a rare large-format photograph showing both teams, with title M.A.Nobles Benefit Match, Australian XI v Rest of Australia, March 1908, and players names to mount in gold block lettering. The teams included Victor Trumper, Charlie Macartney, Vernon Ransford,Hanson Carter, Clem Hill, Monty Noble, Syd Gregory, Warwick Armstrong & Frank Laver. Overall 50 x 63cm.Montague Alfred Noble [18731940] played cricket for NSW and Australia. A right-hand batsman, right-handed bowler who could deliver both medium pace and off-break bowling, capable fieldsman and tactically sound captain, Noble is considered one of the great Australian all-rounders. He scored 13,975 first class runs between 1893 and 1920 and took 624 wickets. He made 37 centuriesincluding a best of 284 in 1902and set several partnership and high-score records for his State team. This testimonial match at the Sydney Cricket Ground in March 1908 earned him the enormous sum of 2,000. $1,0001,500981009696MELBOURNE CRICKET CLUB Membership medallion for 1909-10, No.2376; by Stokes & Sons. $40050097Melbourne Cricket Club, Annual Report, For the Season 1909-10. [Melbourne; Mason, Firth & MCutcheon, 1910] 140pp, with original pale pink covers. Includes a full report on all activities, match reports, averages, a complete list of members, etc.The Football Committee regrets having to report that the team was rather unsuccessful this year, owing in a great measure to difficulties in the early part of the season (p.13) $15020098THE AUSTRALIAN TEAM IN ENGLAND - 1909An attractive display comprising a real-photo postcard portrait of the team with printed title and team list, signed by all the Test team players, an original silk scorecard for the Fifth Test at the Oval (recording Bardsleys 136 in the 1st innings and 130 in the 2nd), a brass plaque inscribed AUSTRALIA 1909, Warren Bardsley (1882 - 1954) became the first batsman to score a hundred in each innings of a Test Match. Framed & glazed, overall 68 x 32cm.The other signatories include Cotter, Hartigan, Bardsley, Carter, Trumper, Noble (captain), Laver, Armstrong, Gregory and Macartney. Australia won the five match series, 2-1. Australia retained the Ashes with a draw in the fifth Test. The fourth Test was notable for the unprecedented bowling of Frank Laver, who took the best bag by a visiting player in a Test in England: 18.2 overs, 7 maidens, 8/31. . $2,5003,000'