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COUNTY CRICKET. The great feature of the Lancashire innings at Bristol on Friday was the brilliant batting of Frank Sugg, whose score 220 is the highest he has yet made in county cricket. The Lancashire total was 389; and Gloucestershire have lost four wickets for 157. being now 99 runs behind with six wickets to fall. At Derby the Yorkshire innings closed for 416. Derbyshire promised well, but towards the con- clusion of the innings Brown performed the hat trick," and the score at the close was only 281, towards which Storer had contributed 100. Follow- ing on in a minority of 135, Derbyshire have lost one wicket for 19. At the Oval Middlesex defeated Surrey by 205 runs. For the visitors Rawlin and Hearne bowled unchanged throughout both innings, and O'Brien gave a fine batting display for 137. At Nottingham the Australian first innings closed for 246, or 23 behind Notts, who in their second innings have scored 74 for the loss of three wickets. M.C.C. with 483 in their second innings (Carpenter 161) put a different complexion on the Cambridge match. The University, requiring 507 to get to win, have scored 98 for two wickets. Sussex at Brighton were all out for 198, and Oxford in their second venture had put together 150 runs for four wickets when play ceased for the day. Some remarkable batting performances were seen in the Cricket field on Saturday. The result of the match at Bristol was a foregone conclusion. The Gloucestershire second innings closed for 238. Grace being not out 102, and Lancashire therefore won by an innings and 18 runs. Roberts actually batted for 35 minutes without scoring, being caught im- mediately after the champion had reached three figures. Derbyshire played a wonderful innings against Yorkshire, and succeeded in making an even draw of the match. When stumps were drawn on Friday night, Derbyshire, with one wicket down, were 116 behind. On Saturday, by brilliant cricket they ran up a score of 450 for eight wickets, and then declared their innings closed. Of this large total Bagshaw was responsible for 115, and Evershed for 85, while Storer, not out, added his second hundred in the same match. Only forty minutes were left for Yorkshire to play in, and at the close they were 279 behind, with nine wickets to fall. Notwithstanding the excellent ap- pearance made by Notts against the Australians earlier in the week, the county were beaten on Saturday by six wickets. At Brighton Oxford de- clared their innings closed at 292 for nine wickets, leaving Sussex 339 to make to win, and three and a half hours to bat in. Sussex made a brilliant attempt to achieve a victory, llanjitsinliji scored 171 not out, and when stumps were drawn had scored 329 for six wickets, or within 10 of victory. At Lord's the Cambridge team, who bad been set 507 runs to win, actually succeeded in scoring them for the loss of seven wickets, Marriott and Druce each contributing 146. Winchester defeated Eton by eight wickets. Lancashire met Middlesex on Old Trafford ground on Monday, and some pretty cricket was shown. Lancashire scored 250 (Baker 94), and Middlesex had made 150 for two wickets when play was suspended. At Bradford Yorkshire were again unfortunate. The Australians batted first and scored 224, aud Yorkshire had lost five good wickets for 112 when stumps were drawn. Surrey met Hampshire at Southampton and scored 259, Hants replying with 88 for four wickets. Grace contributed 186 towards the score of 392 put together by his county against the Somerset bowlers. Somerset had one wicket down for 13. Oxford sent a very unrepresentative team to Lord's, the result being that M.C.C. did what they pleased with the bowling. Their total of 583 for seven wickets included 100 by W. G. Druce and three scores of 80 and over. At Leicester Storer (not out) contributed 142 out of a total of 396 for the Derbyshire, this being his third hundred in successive innings. Derbyshire batted all day. Essex with 140 for three wickets had an advantage over Warwickshire, who were disposed of for 168. Notts were all out for 283 to Kent, who had scored 21 for two wickets when plav ceased for the day. When stumps were drawn at Old Trafford ou Tuesday, Middlesex were set 220 runs to win with all their wickets standing. At Bradford Yorkshire were all got rid of for 145, and the Australians stating on their second innings with a lead of 79 mns, added 239 for the loss of nine wickets, Ireaale batting well for his score of 114. Derby- shire defeated Leicestershire by an innings and 147 runs. Gloucestershire won a rather unexpected victory over Somersetshire by an innings and 83 runs. The Kent first innings finished off for 198, or 85 runs behind Notts, who in their second innings were dismissed for 146. Ken-c with an innings to play require 232 to wiu. Hampshire were unable to reac Surrey's total in the first innings, and the champions followed up their lead of 90 runs by scoring vio/tor four wickets, Brockwell contribut- ing 116. At Lord's the M. C. C. declared their in- nings closed at 583 for seven wickets, and in the course of the day dismissed the Oxford University team tw1Ce winning by an innings and 109 runs. -CiStfex beat Warwickshire by six wickets. Middlesex defeated Lancashire at Old Trafford on Wednesday by four wickets, thanks mainly to a splendid innings by Mr Stoddart. At Bradford the Australians defeated Yorkshire by 140 runs. Notts beat Kent by 19 runs, and Surrey secured an easy victory over Hampshire by no fewer than 380 runs. The Australians began a match at Old Trafford on Thursday against an eleven which was adver- tised as representing the North of England." although Gunn, Shrewsbury, and all the Yorkshire ciacks were absent from unavoidable causes. The Colonials scored a first innings of 195, and five N orthern wickets went down for 82 runs. Cambridge batted first in the University match at Lord's C, 1!1 putting together 319 runs, of which Burnup and Wilson each contributed 80. Oxford had only a few minutes' batting, and scored five runs without loss. In the return fixture between Yorkshire and Derbyshire at Bramall Lane the home team scored 298 (Denton 113), and Derbyshire had one wicket down for 33 when play ceased. -+-



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