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Fer?\da!e Athletic Sports.




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Cycling Notes. 4.




SPORTS AND PASTIMES- -+- By the Sporting Scribe." [CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 ] To the Editor. Sin,Vr Thomas says I have had plenty of time to prove my statement chat Dinas did not win their match versus Tylorstown, and which 1 say ended in a draw. Now, Sir, in my opinion, and in the opinion of every mn capable of judging, I have proved it before, but as I said in one of my previous letters, ''There are none so hard to make believe as those who will not believe," and I think Mr Thomas is one of the latter. To substantiate what I say, if Mr Thomas will send his statement to Mr Henry Perkins, secretary of the M.C.C I will do the same. and the Club which that gentleman de- cides in favour of to take the sovereign (if he is agreeable). Appended are the full scores, and he cannot deny but they are right :— DINAS. C J Thomas b Allen 14 W Fitzgerald run out 11 B Thomas b D Morgan 4 P J Thomas b J Allen 0 J W Fell run out 0 E Beale b J Atlen 3 A King b J Allen 0 Kerslake c F Priday b C Priday 3 Jos Lingford b F Priday 10 A Chant not out 9 G Davies c Williams b F Priday 0 Extras 9 Total 63 TYLORSTOWN. F Priday c Chant b Fitzgerald. 7 R Williams b Fitzgerald 1 D Morgan not out 12 Fk Priday st Thomas bFitzgerald 2 C Priday run out 0 J Allen c Fell b C Thomas 0 R Davies run out 6 J Edwards b Fitzgerald 1 O'Brien c Kerslake b Fitzgerald 3 B Owen did not bat J Davies did not bat Extras 7 Total (for 8 wickets) 39 By this score I think I have proved once more my former statement. I remain, Sir, yours, etc., F. J. PRIDAY, Hon. Sec., Pontygwaith. Tylorstown C.C. To the Editor. Sir,—Having seen the correspondence in your valuable paper between the secretaries of the Tylorstown and Dinas Cricket Clubs, I wish to correct Mr Thomas's report in your issue of June 19th, in which he says I was out for 0. I wish to state that neither myself nor Mr Joseph Davies, who was playing for Tylorstown,batted, in consequence of expiration of time. Thanking you, Sir, in anticipation, I remain, yours, etc., Pontygwaith. B. OWEN. This closes the correspondence on this subject, and I must absolutely refuse to allow the dis- cussion to be re-opened in these columns. The Sporting Scribe." CHATS WITH THE CHAMt'IuNS. Mr Fred E. Bacon, the champkyj athlete, was interviewed on Tuesday evening oy a "Free Press" reporter. Mr Bacon is the very embodi- ment of affability, but it was, all the same, a difficult task to "draw him out," as he is not prone to much talking about his own achieve- ments. I gathered (writes our representative) that Mr Bacon is now in his 27th year, and is a native of Boxted, near Colchester, in the county of Essex. Touching the beam at 5 ft. 9* in., he weighs 9 stones 41bs. in his running costume. It was in the year 1890 that he first competed in a race. This was in a sports at Macclestield, when he came in third, running against such a formidable opponent as C. W. Davies, of Stoke, who was scratch man. Since then Mr Bacon has been gaining palm alter palm, and has pretty well covered himself with distinction and medals. Asked --tL. as to which race he considered his best, said he thought it was that in which he beat George Crossland in a four miles event. By the way Mr Bacon is open to run any man in the world from one to ten miles, and for any sum of money which his opponent cares to name. In October he w ill probably attempt to lower the ten-miles world's record, now held by W. Cummings, and in the same month he will have a smack at the one. mile record of 4 min. 12 sees, held by W. G. George, of Woroester. On the 23rd of this month he meets Bredon on -he Catford track, and later he will match his speed powers against those of J. Muller, Belfast, the Irish champion, in a four miles race for £100. Later he will appear in an exhibition race of five miles against time at a meeting to be held in his native town of Colchestcr, and subsequent to this he will have another contest with Bredon on about the 18th September. To-day (Saturday) he appears in a one-mile and a two-mile handicap at Bridge- of-Allen. "This is your first visit to Wales, Mr Bacon,' I enquired. "No," was the reply; "I have visited Cardiff, and was well-received there, but the reception given me there was not nearly as cordial as that which I received at Pontypridd. I have been really flattered by the way in which you Ponty- priddiaris have treated me. Everywhere have I met with the greatest possible kindness, and it has been a source of much pleasure to me to meet with some of the enthusiastic old sports to whom I have been introduced. They are jolly fellows, and are just the stamp of men who are doing so much for our national pas- times. And I should here like to express my thanks to my capital host, Mr Ack Llewellin. He has proved a thorough gentleman, and I shall not soon forget the pleasant hours spent in his company. Mr Harry Watkins will, I am sure, bear me out, because too much cannot be said in praise of Mr Llewellin's hospitality." "vVhat is your opinion of the Football Club's sports?" "Well, I think it was a very well managed little meeting; and I can give every praise for the way in which they work up ihese meetings here. All I hope is that they will improve the track, and that I will then have another oppor- tunity 01 visiting you. Naturally I found it extremely difficult to run on this track in its present uneven condition; but if it is improved and I come down here again, I'll show Ponty- priddians a little bit of what I can do." "I believe I am not wrong, Mr Bacon, when I say that you were on the park in a sort of dual calacity--a competitor and an interested spectator. Would you niind saying what you think of our local racing talent?" "There's any amount of splendid and promis- ing1 talent here. I was particularly pleased with younq, Eli Joseph, and have no hesitation in saying that, if properly trained, lie will soon shine in the 100 yards." "ifou are a cyclist, aren't you?" "Yes, I ride a great deal; in fact, have fol- lowed up the pastime for years." "What were your impressions of the local wheelmen in the cycling events on Monday?" "Why, I was struck at finding you had such an abundance of talent in this department also. The riders on Monday were a plucky lot, and on that particular track oould romp away from many a champion I know. It's quite remarkable the way you people in Wales shine in football and cycling. By the way, talking of Welsh and cycling reminds me of a very intimate acquaint- ance, E. W. Parry, a well-known Welsh fithl-te. Up till recently he had confined his attention to pedestrianism, but though a comparatively new rider he is pushing ahead in the cycling world." This concluded our little chat, and with mutual good wishes we parted, each expressing a hope that the time was not far distant when the champion would once more enjoy the brac- ing air of Pontypridd. It was late in the same. evening that 1 dropped across the Southern Counties champion, Mr Harry Watkins, and a little informal chat was the result. Mr Watkins hails from Coven- try. and is 26 years of age. Of sturdy hi! he is 5 ft. 7 in. in height, and in his running cos- tume turns the scale at 9 stones 31bs. His racing career dates back to 1890. His first event was a one-mile handicap, in which he secured second place. Since then he has won several mile championships, after which he mir,e I to London. On the first occasion on which he ran in the Southern Counties cross-country cham- pionships he came in ninth, and, not long after, he made his first attempt in the National cross- ona country championship of England, when he came in fourth. In the next year, however, he pulled off the Southern Counties championship, and was placed second in the National. In 1894 he won the 10 miles championship, doing the dis- tance in Ih. 5min. 40secs. against very gcod mrTJ IT r.-+ TV'IV yn forjn. »n:I -? 1.^ awhile, but he is keenly anticipating a meeting with Crossland in a ten-miles event, which will probably come off in about two months' time. His last amateur race, by the way, was at Bury two years ago, when he won, doing two miles in 9niin. 32secs. on a grass track, whici was onl- just a little behind the grass record. Ho joined his friend Mr Bacon in testifying to the kind treatment received at Pontypridd, as well as in the hope that he will ere long pay the town another visit. ♦


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