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COUNTY CRICKET. After an exciting day's cricket, Surrey received their first defeat this season, by Lancashire, at Old Trafford on Friday, by three wickets. The home eleven's innings closed for 157, and Surrey started their second effort, on a wicket becoming more difficult as time wore on, in a minority of 79. Brockwell and Abel opened the batting' with a superb performance, putting on 96 for the first wicket in an hour and twenty minutes, and at lunch-time Surrev were 33 runs ahead with nine wickets to fall. "Aftee the interval there was a ^thng change. The Surrey batting utterly co apsed before Hallam and Mold, and the innings ^c?se1 r 161, the last nine wickets only produced th ancas'hire went in wanting 83 to win, and tVin'f • je^au as badly as Surrey had ended, for half whrf r 6 for 35. Then Brigga joined Baker, life".from Key that cost Surrey twelve m kept together, until only victory A St°°d betweel1 Lancashire and their enthusiasm made amid mUC'1 Yorkshire ,.n™0 i ™Pasfc six. At Leicester; mckMs ,o ffi;r;"fe'Khtl!„re,°t397 for worn ill riia™* JV 107. Leicester- runs to save an innings defeat TK 1 rc.(luire. f appeared to have been rema^able for The nurnbS ot catches missed by the Lanw-i,' The Australians got further behind onFrida match with the Midland Counties eleven, and be surprising if they escape defeat. The English men's innings, which on Thursdav evpn;™ J f 168 for three, was carried to 267. TheCnlrm"0^ gan their second innings 126 in arrears, and when stumps were drawn they had lost six wickets f 142. Thus with a lead of only 13 they l,ave but four wickets in hand. Middlesex, playing against Gloucestershire made a feeble display, scoring 143 of which Dr. Grace contributec 60. Following on' they did somewhat better, securing 190 for six wickets, of which the Champion and his son made 89. Gloucestershire are in a hopeless position, as they want 117 to avert an innings defeat, and have only four wickets in hand. Sussex won the match against Kent at Tunbridge by four wickets. Ranjitsinhji, by an innings of twenty-four, completed his thousand runs in first-class cricket this season, about half an hour behind Abel, who achieed the same distinction at Old Trafford. The match between the second elevens of Surrey and Lancashire ended in an overwhelming defeat for Lancashire by an innings and 243 runs. Gloucestershire were unable to make the 117 runs they required to avert a single-innings defeat, and soon after noon 011 Saturday Middlesex hail gained an easy victory by an innings and 77 runs. York- shire beat Leicestershire by an innings and 302riins, the losing side not being able in their attempts to approach anywhere near Yorkshire's gigantic total of 660. At Birmingham the Australian Eleven, after at one time looking as though they were going to be very easily beaten, set the Midland Counties team 126 to get to win. A bad start was made, but eventually the runs were hit off for the loss of six wickets and the Australians thus suffered their second reverse. A dry fast wicket favoured a fine batting per- formance at Lord's on Monday on the occasion of the first match between the Australians and a representative England eleven. But the visitors, who went in first, collapsed in a remarkable fashion before the bowiing of Richardson and Lohmann, and their last wicket fell for the insignificant total of 53. The England team fared better. Abel, who was badly missed when he had only scored nine, contributed 94 before his wicket fell, and Grace and Jackson were out for 66 and 44 re- spectively. When stumps were drawn England had lost eight wickets for 286 runs. There was a great gate," upwards of 30,000 spectators being present. At Taunton, Lancashire disposed of Somerset for 149 runs, and had lost eight wickets for 132 when play ceased for the day. Ward con, tributed a fluely played 77. At the Oval Oxford University made a brilliant stand before Surrey. The Oxonians scored 406, Waddy and Bardswell between them being responsible for more than ha]f the number. Surrey had only a short time to bat in, and lost one wicket for 25. At Brighton Cam- bridge University dismissed Snssex for 129, and for five wickets succeeded in putting on 227 runs. Durham made a poor show ai^ Barnsley, all the side being out for the Australian total, whilst York- shire ran up 286. In the Durham second innings 16 runs were scored without the loss of a wicket. The spectators at Lord's on Tuesday were re- warded by a brilliant batting performance on the part of the Australians. It will be remembered that overnight the England eleven, for tlw Joss of eight wickets, had scored 286. The remaining wickets only added six runs, and the Australians entered upon their second innings with 239 runs wanted to save an innings defeat. Two wickets fell for three runs, but Gifren and Trott raised the score to 62 before the former was bowled. On Gregory joining Trott a remarkable display of batting was given. Richardson, Lohmann, Grace, Hearne, and Jackson were all tried, but the bowling of each was equally punished, ar.d the score was raised to 283 before Gregory was caught. His contribution to the score was 103. Shortly afterwards Trott, who had made 143, was also caught, and the innings closed for 347. England, hou. batting, and had scored 16 for the loss of Abel's wicket when play ceased for the day. At Taunton Lancashire defeated Somerset by ten wickets. At the Oval, Surrey had to follow on, and at the close of play, with three wickets to fall, were still three runs short of Oxford's total. Snssex were in a worse position than Surrey, being still 202 runs behind Cambridge with six wickets to go down. Yorkshire defeated Durham by an innings and 166 runs. !j jjThe first test match between England and Australia ended on Wednesday in the defeat of the Australians by six wickets. The home eleven entered upon their second innings on Tuesday evening requiring 109 to win, and had lost one wicket for 16 when play ceased for the day. The remaining runs were got on Wednesday with the loss of three more wicketil, Brown and Stoddart (not out) contributing 36 and 30 respectively. At the Oval, Surrey were defeated by Oxford University by eight wickets, and at Brighton Cambridge Uni- versity defeated Sussex by an innings and 136 runs. There was a remarkable breakdown in the Gloucestershire batting against Lancashire at Bristol on Thursday. Up to the luncheon interval Gloucestershire, who batted first, had scored 101 for one wicket but afterwards no stand was made against the bowling of Baker and Hrigs, and the last wicket fell for 133. Lancashire, with the loss of Ward's wicket, had put together 97 when play ceased, and of this number Sugg (not out) had con- tributed 69. At Derby the Yorkshiremen batted all day. Hirst (not out) contributed 64 towards a total of 403 for seven wickets, and six of the other batsmen had scores of over 40. At the Oval Surrey made but a poor show against Middlesex, being only able to reply with 46 to Middlesex's 108. In the second innings Middlesex, with at one time six wickets down for 40, had reached 107 without further loss when stumps were drawn. Notts made a fair stand against the Australians, putting together 269. The Colonials los; one wicket for JO. At Brighton Oxford occupied the wickets all day, scoring 244 off the Sussex bowlers (Leveson-Gower 78 and Bardswell 59). At Lord's the Marylebourne Club in their first innings made 134, Cambridge re- plying with 111. In the second innings the M.C.C. had put together 92 for two wickets when play ceased for the day. -+-

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