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CURRENT SPORT. Although they do not seem to be easily able to win jnatches, the Middlesex cricket team can console themselves with the reflection that not many games have been actually lost this season. On Saturday yet another draw was played at Lord's ground, London, .And one which, under the circumstances, waa highly Creditable to the home side. Although the rain during the last few days has been almost con- tinuous, the wicket did not appear to have ,auffered to any appreciable extent when play was resumed, and consequently a strong batting side like Middlesex found no difficulty in remaining at the wickets throughout the whole of the day. Some -of the best cricket of the match was shown while Mr. A. J. Webbe and Dr. Thornton were together in the first innings, the latter's success being, of course, very popular with the crowd. In the second innings Mr. Ford gave another fine display of hard driving. The old Cantab has been showing- wonderful form of late, and is certainly one of the most improved bats- .-el1 in England. --< To go in against a score of 406, and then to have to •follow on in the face of a deficit of 238, and finally leave-off with nothing the worst of the draw, is a -ireeult of which any team might be proud, and this b what was accomplished by the Notts Eleven at, Gravesend on Saturday. Kent, on a fast, true pitch, completed an innings for 406, and then dis- missed iour Notts batsmen for 86 on Thursday of lest week. During the early morning of Friday, and also after luncheon that day, there was a good deal of rain, and the Midland team were-disposed of for lf)S, of whieh J. A. Dixon contributed 102. In <the second innings, thankB 1 Jv q T „iiu (Shrewsbury, who made 162 tor the first partnership, Notts obtained 174 fQr tbe Ion of one wicket the same day, so that with nine wickets to go down they were only 64 behind when cricket was resumed on Saturday. With the weather brightly fine again, and the ground fully recovered from the wet, there seemed no reason why Notts should save the game, but their prospects were seriously jeopardised when it was found that Shrewsbury, suffering from acute rheumatism in the left arm, was unable to proceed srith his overnight faultless display of 77 not out. Dixon and his. colleagues, however, rose to the occa- sion with determination. The- captain at. once took Jibn-w.i!bury's place, and after quickly losing W-. JRonn-^at 195-he and Dench resisted the Kent bowlers for nearly two hours, to add 112 before Dench in playing back knocked the bails off. This occurred just .before luncheon with the total at 307, and As Dixon and Wright were dismissed within a. few minutes of the resumption, and five wickets were. down for 312, the batting side's prospects looked almost hopeless again. However, Atte- well and Pike became partners, and they averted, all "^possibility of defeat by scoring 412 more, and occupying an hour and three-quarters in, doing 60. Pike was (,ut at 424, but as it was then close upon five o'clock Dixon, seeing that no purpose would be served in declaring, resolved to allow his men to make as many as possible. Attewell was, in consequence, able to continue his invaluable innings, with the result that, for the first time in his career, he stpceeded in making over 100 runs in a big j Match. He played a fine, free game during ttle two tours and three-quarters he was getting 102. As the Southern team required 25G to win it cannot be said that either county had much the best of the position but. that Notts made such a splendid fight after having all the worst of the luck is distinctly meritorious. A'though deprived by rain of a day's play on Friday of last week, Surrey were able on Saturday to bring their match- with Lancashire to a conclu- sion, winning handsomely by an innings and 24 rims. The Lancashire batsmen failed altogether, if. Baker's excellent innings be excepted, to justify their reputation, nine men only making 16 between them in the first innings, four, being dismissed without scoring. A much more even display was given in the second innings, although Baker was soon got out by a smart catch at the wickets.; It was pretty much of -a race against time with Surrey after lunch on Saturday, and had the bome county; made a few more >runs and set the visitors a matter of 50 runs to make, a draw must the result. Lancashire, however, failed to uutke the requisite number of runs to put Surrey in again, and in the end the winners had plenty of time tjx L-pare. The northern championships lawn tennis tourna- ment was concluded at Old Trafford on Saturday. W. BaddeleYrin the challenge round of the gentlemen's open singles, defeated R.. F. Doherty, of Cambridge University. Miss Martin (the holder of the ladies' single challenge cup) had only to win again to keep the trophy, but was beaten in the challenge round by Misa Coopor. c .Although a number of important amateur athletic meetings ware held in London and the provinces on Saturday, by far the most noteworthy event was the race against time at Rochdale, where F. E. Bacon, the Luuoua ex-amateur and present professional cham- pionof all^di^tances from one to lO.miles, ran against the apocryphal record of Louis Bunnett, better rememl)ered,as ",Deerfoot." The latter, who was a North American Indian, was supposed in 1863 to have covered a distance of 11 miles 970 yards in the hopr, but .while in recent times the record bus not been generally accepted on various grounds several great runners have essayed to wipe it out altogether without success until Saturday., PI ior to that ,W. G. George, the holder of the world's c mile record, once got within 40 yards of it in,lS84, when he did 11 miles 932. yards, andhe wa% justly considered the finest runner ever seen from a niilo onwards. Bacon, however, resolved to make the attempt, and the proprietors of the Manchester Sporting Chronicle made him a handsome offer of £ 250 and half the net gate money if he succeeded, while in case of failure they promised him £101). Most elaborate arrangements were entered into wilh; regard to pacing, Anstead, Mullen, and H. Watkins OB foot, and M'Fereon, the well-known cyclist, on n bicycle, being engaged to take him along. The race created immense interest in the North of England, and it is estimated that despite the fact that rain fell, -over 25,€00 spectators, witnessed it. Amidst a lot of cheeringBacon started on his tank at 5'45,accompanied by Mullen on foot and M'Ferson on a bicycle. Follow- ing a carefully prepared time-table Bacon did his 1irt mile in 4min.. 42 2-5sec., and two mijes in 9min, 52sec., which curiously enough exactly corre-, sponded with "Doerfoots time. At 2} miles Mullen retired and Anstead joined in and three mites were covered in 14min. 58sec., four in 20min. 4 3-5see., and five miles in 25min. 14s^c. -Just before this Anstead left the track, and Bacon's old -apponeut, H. Watkins, took his .plaee. Six miles were finished in 30mio. 23 2-5sec. and seven in 38min. 36 2-5sec., ,t,hie last-being just inside W, G. George's record. CarefuHy nursed by his pacers, Bacon did eight miles in 40min. 45sec- nine in^dmin. 56soc 10 in 5lmin. Usee. (only fiveseoonds outside the world's record of W. Cummings), and: 11 in 56inin. ,58aec; It was a near thing at. that point; but, accompanied by all his pacers, Bacon ran Oäand, cheered with twnnendoua enthusiasm,, he passed the Indian's record, and ultimately-covered the-extra- ordinary distance of 11 miles 1243 yards, or 273 yards better than distance he set out to beat. Bacon was naturally much exhausted at the close, but he eoon recovered and walked off the track. The per- formance was carefully timed by four or five gentle- men experienced in watch holding,>si» that it should be properly authenticated. The first series of the 1897 Amateur and Profes- sional Championships, held under the auspices of the National Cycling Union, took place at Exeter on Saturday before some 5000 or 6000 spectators. The weather, unfortunately, was wpt, which was not only against exceptional performances, but also the cause of one or two awkward spills during the afternoon. Of three races twe—at a quarter-mile and 25 miles respectively—were for Amateurs and one at five miles for professionals. The sprint fell to Metcalfe, but h#, was very lucky, as both his opponents in the final fe(l. C. F. Bardeti won the five tailes and Faweett, miles. Tha moat important of the many cycling meetings in^thd'ttjetropolid on Saturday was that held at the Crystal: Palafrl when, in conjunction with the amateur'gathering of the London Bicycle Club, J. W. Stocks;'bolder of the world's hour record, and Tom Linton, 4be Welsh champion, rode against each other for an hour for stakes valued at £ 300. Each had beaten the other before, so that a lot of interest attached to what, in a sense, may be termed the rubber, but unfortunately Stocks, after his won- dtrfnl ride against Platt-Betts recently, had a fall at the Palace, ar d this undoubtedly bad a serious effect on him for Saturday's contest. Both were well paced, but Linton drew aWay at five miles, and gradually opened out a gap of about 100 yards. He covered 10 miles in ISmin. 54 2-5see., 15,in 28min. 33 4-5see., 20 in 38min. 21 l-5sec., 25 in 48tnin. ll-5sec., and 30 in 57min. 53 2-5sec. Once or twice, Stocks spurted abd lessened his disadvantage, but; Linton always went away again, and finally he won by 105 yards, covering 31 miles 170 yards in the hour, against Stocks' distance of 31 miles 65 yards. In the London Bicycle Club's programme the chief events were two and 10 miles scratch races, the former, open, to.members of the two Universities and the L.B.C. only, being won by C. C. Reynolds, of Oxford U.B.C., and the latter by G. H. Le Grys, De Laune C.C„ with ,P. W. Brown, Poly. C.C., second, and F. Burnand, Catford C.C. third. jd



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