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T I i » « CURRENT SPORT. i Last week's cricket at Brighton resulted in Sussex drawing with Gloucestershire .^d tjeatiqg Somerset —results 6n[ the^ surface most satisfactory ,to ;tbe TSoritherp county—tut considering they were <pMy sav«l fto\a defeat Vg r^in poainqt tne jint-named. vrjaife agflftnst notinerret they Only just scraped home by one wiqket afterbaying all the best of the luck and play for tfiree ihningfe, it cannot be said that they covered themselves with glory. They certainly ought t'p hate defeated^ Sopaec^et with greater, ease/ 'as the visitors had the worst ofthe,. wicket, and only succeeded in putting Sussex in to make 101 when the flitch was at its beit. Yet, following'one or two early geome7d that the home batsmen lost their 'heads, and it was,only the plucky but fortunate stand of Parris and Tate for the last partnership that got them home. Now, however, that they haver-won a ,miatch-t.hey, never -gained a single victory Ofa tb3 Move ground last season—perhaps they may a do -better. f u o .1 e » ■ i The Oxford crieketers have done very well in their trial matches at home, winning three ont of- five, losing one, and drawing one. They beat .jL, J. ..Webbe's Eleven, Somerset, andjthe M.C.C, Were beaten by Surrey,.and had mnch the best of a drawn game with the Philadelphians. The team, judged bv performances,, is stronger. than it seemed likely to be at the start of therseason, the fielding beingbrilliant. As to the batting, there is reason for the Dark Blues to feel hopeful, if the weather on the occasion of the University match should be fine and the wicket hard. The chief run-getters in the eleven, however, play forward so much, that, according to the Surrey men and others who have met them, they are not likely to be dangerous on a pitch affected by rain. Opinions seem to be divided as to whether Eccles or Cbampain iathe better batsman. As regards the Cambridge EleFen, no.. i>nnouin!i""f^ baa yet Deen made, but there can scarcely be more than two places open. From the first N. E. Druce has had a much easier task, than Bardswell in making up his eleven, and now that Frank Mitchell is in. residence, he has eeven old Blues at his command. It is pretty safe to assume that they will all play against Oxford, and one cannot, doubt that a place will be given to De Zoete, the left-handed medium pace bowler, who has-been so consistently successful in ther trial games. It has been hinted that Cambridge's batting is not so strong as it was last year, but Druce him- self is in wonderful form, Burnup and Hi. BT. Mariott have made some good scores, and in.both matches last week -imitchell was successful. With Jessop, Shine, De Zoete, and C. E. M. Wilson in the team, the bowling is probably quite up to the average of University cricket. The fact of their being beater by Lancashire pn a bad wicket must not be allowed to tell too much against the Philadelphians, though a seven .wiGkets' defeat in the second engagement of their tour is not likely to add to the attractiveness of their matches. Without, however, for moment wishing to deprecate them, one cannot but regard it as significant that Lan- cashire, in entering upon the match, dispensed with the services of Mold and Albert -Ward. In no county match would Lancashire have voluntarily playpd without their fast bowler, and the fact. of. their, doing so on this occasion cprtainly indicates that they did not think they had at all a bieavy task in hand. It is a little early yet to express a positive opinion about the Philadelphians, but the view is cejtajnly gaining ground that in matching themselves against, our leading counties they have rather over- estimated their strength. There Was a brilliant gathering at Stamford-bridge on Saturday, wb'An her Majesty s Civil Service^held their 34th annual meeting,'amongst those present being the Marquis and Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, who at the conclusion of the sports distributed the valuable prizes. The Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup, presented for the first time to the competitor having the largest aggregate of points, could,not be awarded, as five tied with equal points.. Â. S. Tur);" M. K., Forrester, E. M. Smith, BT, E. Hardy,'and H. Landes. The programme, which nnrhbered 20, events, was expeditiously, got through,, and great interest was evinced irj-fche doings of the athletes, all the items being keenly contested. The 120 Yards Strapgers' Handicap final produt$e4 A fine race, Woodyatt, wbo ,won from scratch iiv t4. fine time of 12 £ sec.u only gating home by inches. H. N. Coltart*shewed a fine turn of sp&ed in the 120 Yards Strangers' Hurdle Handicap, a" although owing 15yd., he won his heat and the j fflin in 18 4-5sec. and 18 2-5sec. respectively. The Open Quarter-Mile Handicap" was secured by H. F. Tash, who, with'a start of 13yd., got" home in 50 4-5sep.1 The 24 hours professional race, commenced at the Crystal Palace on Friday evening of last week, finished on Saturday in a victory for G. A. Patter- fon, the well-tnoiln London cyclist, whose previous best performance was in riding second to (3. 'C. Fdntaine for the Carwardine Cup at Putney in 1æ5L Off- Saturday-he covered 502 miles 28 yards, aid so "established a fresh record for England, while en- 9 route he made world's records from 260 to 290' miles. He may, however, be' accounted fortunate to win, as M. Cordang, the Dutch champion, wjio rede second to Rivierre th 'the t'ans^Bbrdeaux road race, led from 110 miles, and beat C. Huret's world's record from 126 -miles to 222 milei inclusive, When unluckily he touched-the wheel of his pacer's marine and came over. Bp waA unfortunately found to have sustained. a compound fracture of the ankleiabd will probably be unable to race again this season. This paved the way for the victory of Patterson, who covered 288 miles 460 yards in 12 hours. The wibner went. on from that point with the race in band, but fell behind world's record after 290 miles. P. R. Goodwin's leeordof 476 mile«i 1762 yard* in the Cuca Cup race in 1896 was, however, equaled with over an honr to spare, and,Tn the end he completed 502 miles odd as stated. A. Ford, of Coventry,! was second with 444 miles 1180 yards; A. Lewis, of Wales, third, with 404 miles; and F. W. Barnes, jfourth, with 342 miles 485 yards. u, l The two famous track racers A Downer and ,Y-.C. Bredin met for .the.. third time this summer in a professional match for money, the distance being over a quarter of a mile, of -which the runners Were respectively amateur chapipiona of Scotland and England lastyeaRf Ja-tbe previppp contests Downer won the;, first at 400 yards, for £100, and the second at a quarteNnile for a similar stake,' but Bredin was satisfied that hejiid not give, his best running at 440 yards, andever since has beenanxioue to ineet th%,Scotchman -again. The raoe on, Saturday ok place, at. the invitation of the West- of Scotland A,C., at Hampden-park, Glasgow, the Executive offer- ing £ 75for the winner and £ 35for theloser. Tbe.aftair, created the greatest interest; and some 8000 or$000 spectators were present.^At the pistol fire:Dofcaer rushed off in front arid led by three^r four yards in the first 50, while, try as he^wojild^ Bredin did not gain an inch until half the distance was completed, Wtfeti Dowfter nearly Yell ovfer—something apparently going wrong with hi& knee. Before he was fairly fntb his Stride agafA Bredin hid"drawn level, and so the Scotchman, after struggling on in difficulties for dearly another 100 yards, collapsed and. Tell on the, path. Bredin then went on and won at his leisure ib 61 1.5ste. /) (..nc 1 The professional tennis handicap which for some time past frtts been in course of progress at Prinpe's Club, Knigbtíibridge ended in a victory for Peter Latham, --bf 'Queen'a Club, who holds the champion- ship of the worlds Läthamwas at scratch, and his opponent in the filial was C. Fairs, of Prince's, who received 15 and a bisque start. The two players Rave niet twice previously this season, Fairs when in meeipt of 15 and 2 bisques being the wintier, and Lathalrintbe second occasion only cohceding 15 and 1: 4,igrpje—turning the tables next time. On gbtdt-day Lathafa wob again with flcore^ of13 gariltei fco 3; J* to>4, 3 to 6, and 8 to 6, or 3 sets to 1. Fairs played ftp am}, after winning the thirtl set, made a^greatnufarnggle before he was beateri rir the fourth. On Saturday the Solent boats had a day's racing at-gouthsea for by the popular Boyal Portsmouth Corintman Tacbt Glub. Bright sun- shine and a nice Wiling breeze from1 the eastward made the day an enjoyable one, in the 36-foot class Mr. John Grettoh'a Emerald was again the winner whilst Carol followed up her successes amongst ther30-foOteni, Triangle taking first honours in the match for 24-foot boats. The German Em- peror's Meteor has left Southampton in tp\^ for Cuxhaven. A tennis match between Sir Edward Grey and Peter Latham, tbe champion, resulted at Lords Ground, in Lppdon, on Mqnday in an easy win for the latter. -■ 1 Five first-clase Cricket fixtures v^eVe commenced on Monday, four of them being in the County Champion- ship competition; whilst the Light Blues commenced their last home mtftch, their opponents being the 'Philadelphians. The Americans fared tihdly at the harids of the Cambridge-attack, and but for the ex- cellent stand of A. M. Wood, would have made a. very sorry show. As it was, the batsman named Was re sponsible for 73 of the 149 registered. The home side did practlcally what they liked with the Phitadelphian bowling, the Cambridge captain; Mr. 'N. F. Druce, being especially to the front at nightfall with 107 net-out of a total of 268 for three wickets. Burnup, Mitchell,1 and Jfessop also rendered valuable assistance, the latter being particularly vigorous. Of the county fixtures, Surrey met Somerset at the Oval, and had the worst of Monday's play, as the visitors, who were in possession the greater part of the day, put together 349; whilst Surrey lost one wicket for 32. On the visiting side, it was a noticeable feature that only one batsman failed to reach double figures, and although R. C. N. P-alai ret's 58 was the top score, four of the side ex- ceeded 40 runs. At Lord's, Middlesex and Notts were opposed, and a somewhat tedious day's play was witnessed, 12 wickets fallipg for an aggregate of 251 runs. Aided chiefly by Shrewsbury and Gunn, wlir, contributed" 30 and 41 respectively, Notts succeeded in totalling 202. whilst the Metropolitans lost the services of Hayfrian and Stoddart for 49. At Derby the Peakites met Yorkshire, and here again two batsmen were responsible for the majority of the runs Scored, Datidson not out 90) and Chatterton (77) being the chief contributors in the home total of 234. Yorkshire started none too well, and when stumps were drawn on Monday night had lost Jackson's wicket for 42 runs. Warwickshire and Kent opened their Birmingham engagements the visitors, who w,ere-H represented, Keeping their fldld the whole of Monday, and putting together 285, Mason, Livesey, and Alec Hearne being responsible for more than half the runs. Dr. W. G. Grace, who is taking practically a county team for a short tour in Ireland, made his first century this season against an eleven of Dublin University on Monday, the Champion contributing 121 (after three lives) out of 2.95. The Students fared badly, and lost six wickets for 40 runs before play ceased. The match does not count as a first- class fixture.

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