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COUNTY CRICKET. The match at Lord's between Eton and Harrow ended on Saturday in a draw, very much in favour of Eton, against whose first-innings score of 386 Harrow made 218 and 255 for eight wickets.—At Leyton the match between the Australians and an eleven of Players of England was won very easily by the visitors. The first inning of the Players closed for 197, or 257 behind, and in their second attempt they only made 120, so they were beaten by an innings and 137 runs. At the Oval the second innings of Sussex was finished on Saturday morning for 391, which left Surrey with 414 to win. They fought hard to accomplish this task, but were all out for 370, which included a hard-hit 137 by Broc kwell. Sussex were therefore victorious by 43.At Hnddersfield, Yorkshire sustained their first defeat in the county championship competition. Their second innings against Notts was concluded for 193, which left the visitors with only 58 to make to win, but these were not obtained till six wickets had fallen.— At Bristol Gloucestershire carried their second-innings score against Warwick- shire to 251, of which Board made 124. Warwick- shire had to make 118 for victory, and these were obtained at the expense of five wic, ets.—At South- hampton Somerset gained a decisive victory over Hampshire. Against the visitors' big total of 519 Hampshire scored in their first innings 262 and in their second 270. The 14 required by Somerset to win were got with two wickets down. Two powerful elevens, representing the Gentle- men and Players, met at Lord's on Monday and the Gentlemen gained a considerable advantage on the day's play. Going in first, they scored 268, the biggest individual figure being 57 by Jackson. The Players' iunings opened badly, as three good wickets fell for 17. When stumps were drawn, nine wickets were down for 114. The day's play in the return rr.atch between Yorkshire and Essex was of an even character. Yorkshire went in first and scored 203, and then Essex made 156 for six wickets. The Australians began a match at Leicester against Leicestershire, and scored 299 for the loss of only three wickets. Darling was not out for 145. Sussex met Hampshire at Brighton. The visitors went in first and scored 356, and Sussex made 37 for the loss of one wicket Killick's. Warwickshire, playing against Derbyshire at Derby, scored a first innings of 232, of which Li Hey made 132. The home eleven at the drawing of stumps had 67 to their credit with no wicket down. There was some very interesting cricket nt Lord's on Tuesday. The Players' first innings closed at 116, and being in a minority of 152 they had to follow on. Eight wickets were down for 234, and it looked as if the Gentlemen would win easily before the appointed hour for drawing stumps. Bnt at this point a great change was brought about by Hayward and Hearne, who completely mastered the bowling, and in an hour and and three-quarters put on 156. Hayward carried out his bat for 116, and Hearne's figure wns 71. Abel, earlier in the innings, had made 94. The innings closed for 373, leaving the gentlemen 222 to get to win. They had half an hour's batting, and lost one wicket for 31. The overnight score of Essex (156) in their match with Yorkshire was carried to 205-two in advance cf Yorkshire. Yorkshire fared badly in their second effort; they were put out in less than two hours and a half for 133. They were piac- tically one man short, as Wilson was hurt, and un- able to complete his innings. Essex were thus set 132 to get to win, and when stumps were drawn they had made 72 for four. They wanted, there- fore, 60, and had six wickets to fall. Sussex were at the wickets all day at Brighton. On Monday Hampshire scored 3E6, and Sussex made 37 for one wicket. On Tuesday the home eleven carried their total to 225, at which figure a follow-on was forced, Butt deliberately hitting his wicket to terminate the innings. In the second innings they had made 110 for four wickets when stumps were drawn, so that they were still 21 behind with six wickets to fall. At Leicester the Australians carried their first innings total from the overnight 299 for three wickets to 584-the highest figure they have yet obtained. During the innings Darling and Gregory both completed their thousand runs this season, and the former by making 194 has to his credit the highest individual score of the Colonial team. Leicestershire had 40 minutes' batting, and made 26 for one wicket. Derbyshire, playing against Warwickshire, concladed their first innings of 297-an advantage of 65. Warwickshire in their second innings had scored 82 for four wickets when stumps were drawn. At Lord's on Wednesday the Gentlemen found no difficulty in beating the Players. When play ceased on Tuesday they wanted 191 and had nine wickets to fall. The required number was hit off for the loss of three men, the amateurs thus winn- ing by six wickets. Yorkshire sustained at the hands of Essex at Leyton, their second defeat in the cotrnty competitition. When play ceased on Tuesday Essex wanted only 60 runs and had six wickets in hand. The number was made with the loss of two more men, the Southern county thus winning by four wickets. There was an unexpectedly interesting finish to the match between the Australians and Leicestershire. The county made onlv 87 in the first innings, which closed at three o'clock, and, following on against 497, seven wickets were down in the second innings for 94 when there was still an hour and a quarter left for play. Two more wickets fell in the next forty-five mintltes, but then, to everyone's surprise, Whiteside—the last man to go in—and Geeson managed to play out time, although the Australians tried every possible device to secure the last wicket. The match thusjended in a draw. Derbyshire won a decisive victory over Warwickshire by ten wickets, and Hampshire succeeded in beating Sussex at Brighton by seven wickets. The second test" match between England and Australia, commenced at Old Trafford on Thurs- day. The visitors won the toss, and, the wicket and weather being perfect and England not particularly strong in bowling, they made the fine score of 366 for eight wickets, I red ale con- tributed a tine innings of 108, and Giffen a scarcely less meritorious 80. Yorkshire had a bad day at Southampton in the match with Hampshire. The home team won the toss, and, on a fast run-getting -wicket, were in the whole of the day and scored 350 for the loss of only *hree wickets. The chief houour of the performance rested with Captain Wynyard, whose score stands 211 not out. Warwickshire and Essex met at Edgbaston. Essex won the toss, and were batting all day, hitting up a total of 395. P. Perrin was the principal scorer, contributing 139. Several errors, which proved very expensive, were made by the fieldsmen, Perrin, for instance, being missed when only 21. CRICKET FIXTURES. (All matches played on the ground of the first-named Club.) JULY. 18 Welshpool v. Llanymynech 18-Ellesmere College v. Oswestry 18-Ellestnere v. ETanmer 18—Tedsmore v. Oswestry High School 20—Montgomery r. Meole Brace 20-0swe!:ltry High Setiool-Pqst v. Present 24-Llaiiidloes, v. Montgomery 25—Oswestry v. Nantwich. AUGUST. 22-Gobowen v. Llanymynech 29—Montgomery v. Llanymynech SEPTEMBER. 5-Llanymyiiech v. Montgomery 12 — Llanymynech v. Welsbpool 19 Oswestry A Team v. Llanymynech -+-- FOOTBALL. ANNUAL MEETING OF THE WELSHPOOL CLUB. Tho annual meeting of thi.j club was held at the Lull Hotel on Monday evening, when Mr T. F. Hi.03 presided over a large company of members. At the outect of the proceedings 'the Chairman called upon Mr Heahcote to read the following statement of accounts for the past year:—Receipts": Balance from previous season, 19s 7d; gate money, zCl9 9s lOd Welsh Association for ground £ 2 Shropshire League for ground, 15s; subscriptions' L- "4 13s; total, £ 37 17s 5d. Expenditure: Mater' ials £ 3 9s 4=1: rent, £ 5 fares, £ 12 18s; printing, £ 5 2s; groundsman, £ 1 5s; secretary, £ 1 18s ocT- treasurer, 118 3d; Mr H. Smith, os 6d; Mr Bratton, 93 5d; referees' League fees, £1 lis; entrance .91 lls; guarantees, S2 5s; balance in haud, 12s od total, £ o7 17s 5d. It was also announced that during the past season the following sub- scriptions, amongst others, bad been received: —the President (the Earl of Powis), £ 1 Is Major E Pryce-Jones, M.P., zCl Is Mr T. P. Hilos, Cl Sir Pryee Pryce-Jones, 10s 6d; tho Mayor (Mr W F Addie), 10s 6d A H J(,,ne- 10s. The Statement having been inspected by the members, was adopted on the motion of Mr. E. Lewis.—The election of president and vice-presi- dent was next proceeded with, the Earl of Powis and Captaia Mytton being re-appointed to these offices, respectively. On the proposition of Mr H Smith, Mr George Mytton was unanimously chosen as captain for the ensuing season, the sub-captaincy falling to Mr Dan Jones. The following gentlemen were then appointed tl e Committee Messrs A E Payne, A E Bond, E Lewis, C H Gwynne, G M Parry, T F Hiles, A H Jones, J H Addie, T J Bratton, H Smith, H Blackith, W B Fairgreaves, Cronk, R Evans, W Wynne, Heathcote, J Pugh (" Veteran "), E Evans, T Farr, Evans (the" Star ") li Owen and H Barrett, Messrs E Lewis, T J Bratton, Heathcote and H Blackith were nominated for the secretaryship, all of whom, however declined to take office. Eventually, Messrs Heathcote and Blackith were elected as joint secretaries.—The recommendation of the old committee that the Club should join the Welsh League, was adopted on the motion of Mr H Smith.—Mr Blackith having read the list of fixtures for the forthcoming season, which had been drawn up by Mr Bratton, a vote of thanks was accorded to that gentleman for his trouble.—As the estimated amount of rail- way fares daring the coming season reaches a sum of £17 odd, Mr. Blackith desired to appeal to the people of Welshpool, to come forward with sub- scriptions.—Mr. Heathcote, who remarked that the Club was now in for a "bigger thing" than last year, felt that the subscription should not be less than Es. It was rather hard for a great many players in the town who would like to practice, but it was for the committee to see if they were able to play in the first team. There should be a limited number of players fixed by the eornmitÜe (who would have. power to add to the list) who should be free to practice at a charge of 2s. These members should pay the entrance fee to all matches. For 5s a member would bo entitled to practice at any time during the season and would be able to attend matches free of charge. Ho moved to that effect. —Mr. Payne having seconded the proposition, various amen lments wore submitted, the following proposed by lr. Lewis being eventually carried by a good majority That a limited number of players and reserve players for the first class league be fixed by the committee, these to have fiee access to the field for practice and for matches. These players shall have the privileges of 5s. members. That there be another set of *r>embers who shall be allowed to attend practice at a charge of 2s., these members to pay the entrance fee to matches.—The meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the chairman, and to those officers and members who have worked so well during the year. ♦— CYCLING. [ B y "PUMP Harder."] A correspondent of the C.T.C. Gazette declares that low gear is a decided aid in avoiding side-slip. The dictum looks absurd enough as it stands, but there really is a grain of truth in it. Low gear or high gear, per sc, has nothing to do with side slip, but ankle action has. A man who uses his ankles properly, and therefore progresses without jerking of any kind, is much less liable to slip than one who plunges along without use of the ankles, work- ing stimy. Now, high gear is decidedly apt to cause this plunging action in an unskilled rider; therefore low gear is likely to be safer on a slippery day. This whole question of side-slip, however, has rather lost its significance of late, with all the improvements in tyres. As a matter of fact, town cycling is the only aspect of the case worth con- sidering and it, unfortunately, makes a big excep- tion, as many fatal accidents have occurred through side-slip in the midst of traffic. I cannot imagine any sort of protection that would make a rubber tyre absolutely safe from slip when sharply turned or twisted about on a surface of slimy wood or stone. Of course the moral is—do not ride in heavy traffic. There is a rumour abroad to the effect that the excessive stress and hurry which obtains at present in most cycle manufactories has had a bad effect on the machines turned oat. 1 heard of an illustration of this the other day, when a machine, of a very celebrated and absolutely unimpeachable make, broke suddenly in two under the rider (an officer in a well-known regiment), and caused very serious injuries. I fear there is not quite as much time given to finishing and testing as might be advisable. The attempt which is still being made to establish the assertion, which is contrary to fact, that American machines are on an average some ten or twelve pounds lighter than English makes, is, to put it mildly, disingenuous. The supporters of the claim made for America, ignore in the calmest manner a number of plain facts, which are the entire foundation for, and cause of, any and every difference in weight between the English and American types, and which in our opinion, while undoubtedly reducing weight, are every one a drawback to or defect in the machine. The manager of Humber and Co., Limited, in a letter to Cycling, has very fully and fairly pointed out what these drawbacks and defects are. Here are some of them. The American roadster machine taken as a standard for comparison as to weight has no brake, no mudguards, a cemented tube or hosepipe tyre, which is lighter by some ounces than Dunlop path-racing tyrea; no gear case, and DO clearance for the same, the latter fact unabling a distinct reduction in quantity of material used, and there- fore in weight to be made. In the case of ladies' machines they have no proper cover for chains as used by English makers. The saddle is merely a piece of thin leather stretched over a couple of wires and possessing no spring or give. The pedals are the lightest rat-trap, or, if rubber is used, it is merely a thin strip between steel plates. Then with all this, the machine is often made only partially adjustable, to the sacrificing of comfort and rigidity, and when completed is probably listed as weighing 201b., when, as a matter of fact, it will pull down the scale at 241b. In my opinion, if the difference in weight which the A mericans claim exists at all, it is procured by the means above pointed out, and is too dearly purchased and to compare such a machine with, say, a Beeston road- ster, weighing about 26 or 28 pounds, and without any of the drawbacks above set out, is a test of merit which look plausible on paper, but it is in practice absolutely valueless. British trade with foreign countries in cycles and parts thereof," to adopb the Board of Trade classification, shows a slight increase'for the month of June as compared with the Junes of the two previous years. The value of the exports of this description sent to all other parts of the world is returned at £154,457 for the month gone by, as against £147,956 for the same period of 1895 and £149,625 for 1894. Taking the half year altogether, it seems that the cvele exports of the first half of 1894 were returned as being worth £827,860. In the same period of 1S95 they were worth £823,878, while this year the figure rises to £ 915,986—an increase of nearly 12 per cent. upon the correspond- ing half of the year immediately preceding. Al- though this is in a way satisfactory, it is clearly an advance very far short of what might be noted if our foreign trade had expanded in anything lixe the ratio observable in the trade at home. In their eagerness to take all they can of the orders coming from just without their own doors, British manu- facturers should not lose the opportunity offered for the present worlo-w;de demand to establish their business on a broad and lasting basis. The latest move of the Touring Club de France is one worthy of imitation- It consists of the organisation of cvcliog tours during the summer vacation for young st;idenis between the ages of 13 and 19. Thev are to travel in caiavans," ten being the minimum number to form a party, which in each case will be accompanied by a cycling pro- fessor. This is an altogether admirable develop- ment of the "age of cram," and implies the easiest and most delightful of all possible holiday tasb. Take the matter of geography. remember in the early days of cycling, when I was still at school, expressing the opinion that cycle touring was the easiest and best vvav of learning it. I was laughed at, and reminded how very long it would take to learn much about geography in that way. but I was right none the less. I know hunureds of things about mv own country that were each learnt at one glance, an.l learnt for lifp things of a kind which some minds could not in a whole lifetime learn from books in such a way that the knowledge would be of real use. To a man who has toured, using his maps rhe IIWP of a country quite unknown to him beconu a a romance which he can read at pleasure, and tnis ycsthetic gain must be added to the many pract.c««l acquisitions that are made once and for all during the progress of a tour well done. The attitude of the la-1' tov.aids cyclists is fast becoming unbearable. Tile pastime survived the persecution of the early days by mere dumb patience, hut the latter day persecution, which in some districts amounts to the total outlawry of all wheelmen and wheehvonieri, can be met in more spirited fashion, and I trust will be with the smallest possible delay. 1 say nothing of such a decision as the recent one of Lord .svyllachy. that a cycle is not a carriage. I1 or the last eight years we have ali been having it drilled into ItS that it iiJ. But I can conceive of. circumstances in which it I might be propel-to regard it as something else. The railway companies, for example, ohooso to look upon it as a sort of bassinette, and they are quite within their lights in so doing. Lord Tvyllachy, in dismissing a claim made against Ðn insurance company, has said that a bicycle docs not come within the clause of the policy which talks of "passenger train, steamer, omnibus, tramcar, waggonette, coach carriage, or other passenger vehicle." I bow to his lordship's well-known erudi- tion in jurisprudence, but to my ordinary lay understanding it seemed that the framers of that definition had so worded it as to include every possible kind of passenger carriage, past, present, or to come, which they might perchance forget to specify by name. However, Lord Kyllachy says a bicycle is no more a carriage than a pair of skates is," and so the cyclist has been paying his premiums for nothing. But in spite of one or two odd decisions in equity which are not always easy to umlerstand, t corraialy I wish it were possible to have some of the charges now being preferred against cyclists tried by a judge instead of a magistrate. It i-5 a public duty that all mch should do so. Further, it is a clear obligation upon both the Cyclists' Touring Club and the National Cyclists' Union to undertake the cost 01 an appeal on behalf of the poorest member who may be unjustly oppressed. There are two matters in which the authorities arc at present mis- reading the law. The first relates to rpec-.l. There is nothing in the Statute-book setting a limii whatever npon high-speed travelling JH saoii. To ride or drive so as to endanger life or limb is the only thing forbidden, and no such danger menaces anyone upon an empty road. The cyclist, there- fore, who sees the Garreg Hill clear, and chooses to "fiy" it with feet up. but finds a policeman waiting for him in ambush at the bottom, and is sub- sequently punished, is punished for no offence known to the English law. I have put an extreme ctse in order to accentuate my meaning, lint men have been lined for con- duct which even ignorance ought not to have con- cluded A-as improper. I read "of a case the other day in which a high-geared tandem, the riders pedaliing easily, and doing perhaps eleven miles an hour, passed a low-geared ordinary doing nine or ten. A policeman looked at the tandem uncon- cernedly, but" yanked" tho single rider off and booked him, being of course quite ignorant of all things cycling, and misled by the faster pedalling. One of the Australian cyclists who have recently landed in England for the purpose of racing has had an early experience of our laws in relation to lighting up. He was summoned for riding without a light, and urged in defence that he was riding in company with a friend who had a lamp. In Australia this was deemed sufficient, he said, but the magistrate read him a short homily and im- posed a snwll fine. Although the majority of cycling clubs still keep up the Saturday runs, I feel firmly convinced that the days of mammoth musters have gone. The longer one rides a cycle the more t'astidinm does one become, and what in the early days would have been anticipated with the keenest pleasure comes in later years, if undertaken at all, an irksome duty. It will always be impossible to restrain the ardour of the younger club men-—no one, think, would wish to do so. The biggest hills have no terror to the youthful beginner just awaking to the joys of seventeen or eighteen miles hour; to him sunshine and shower, mud and dusr, are all the same, and if only a score or so companions of the same buoyant temperament can be. (. -lined, then his happiuess is complete. Such willl « "lights may not appeal very forcibly to the stuhh- school of potterers, but it must uot be imagin. ;i that our youths get no enjoyment out of their -mpers around. Questioned upon the subject, lv out of 20 would, probably, say there was no pi •ure to equal a scorch." 1 am far from this hurrying and scurrying hither and thither cannot be overdone but I would rather see our boys hunting out old-world villages and jolting along stony lanes than stifled up in biJliard saloons and hotel smoking-rooms. Once this fascination for exploration seizes a cyclist it seldom forsakes him altogether. To my mind there is nothing much picasanter than to potter about lanes in a fresh locality. The expectation of emerging at some time or another upon a village green or a picturesque cluster of cot- tages adds zest to one of these blindfold rides, if I may so describe them. In this respect, cyclists of this particular locality are well favoured. Any- where between Welshpool and Machynlleth the most lovely lanes may bo found, and the same remark will apply if the wheels are turned towards Llan- fyllin and Meifod from Welshpool; or Dinas I Mawddwy, Dolgellev, and Barmouth from Machyn- lleth. Around Machynlleth villages are thickly spread, and once upon historical ground the visitor need not lack variety in the way of rural scenery, Communications for this column should be addressed to Pump Harder," County Times Office Welshpool, not later than Thursday in each week, to ensure publication in the current issue. Secretaries of clubs will oblige by sending their fixture lists as soon as possible.

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