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CURRENT SPORT. I The third test cricket match of the Reason's series of five between England and Australia ended in an jnsatisfactory manner on Saturday at Leeds. The result was a draw on account of the rain. Of the leam representing Australia it is sufficient to say that it was identical with the one that did duty at Lord's a fortnight previously, Johns, Iredale, and McLeod standing down. F. S. Jackson at first declared his intention af not assisting England, but at the eleventh hour he was induced to adopt a more sportsmanlike attitude. That left only one place to be filled wp on the morning of the match, and in view of being prepared for all eventualities, the Board of Control invited Richardson, Brock- well, Tyldesley, and Briggs to attend at Headingley, and hold themselves in readiness. Rain came to the Leeds district in torrents the night before the match began, and practically settled the last place, for Briggs was obviously more suitable to play than Richardson on a wicket affected by wet. Unfortunately the little Lancastrian was taken seriously ill on Thursday night and could not figure in the subsequent stages of the game. The first day's cricket was not particularly eventful. The wicket was of the order known as tricky, and although the Australians won the toss, they were all out for a total of 172. Worrall gave a wonderful display of determined hitting, making 76 out of 95 secured whilst he was at the wicket. He made one or two bad strokes, but gave nothing like a'chance. From an English standpoint the feature of the day was the bowling of Young, the Essex left-hander. Like Quaife, the ex-sailor was making his first appearance in ai International. On first being tried he met with 10 success, but going on a second time, took four vickets in 13 overs and one ball for 15 runs. The finding of the Englishmen was splendid. Fry, Brown, Jackson, and Maclaren all distinguished themselves greatly, and Lilley behind the sticks was at the top of his form. The English batting was disappointing, but at the end of the first day six home wckets had to fall, and the home side were within i3 of the Colonials' total. On Friday Fry aud Qiuife were dismissed without any addition to the figires. The Australians were then fairly in a Eosition of advantage, on paper; but, fortunately, lilley md Hayward came to the rescue. They reijaaind together an hour and 20 minutes and adled 93 runs, it being entirely due to their efforts that the Australians were eventually left in a mnority of 48. Lilley's innings was one of the best he ever played, but Hayward was incky, giving a couple of distinct chances. There was something sensational when the Australians went in a second time. Four wickets fell at 34, Hearne performing the hat trick, and securing for both Noble and Gregory a pair of spectacles. A rather lucky, but commendable, stand by Trumble, who was ibly assisted by Trumper and Laver, followed, and after all, England were set 177 runs to win. When Friday's play ceased England appeared to be in a winning position. They had nine wickets in hand and required 158 to win. The pitch had been im- proviug all day, and had the conditions remained un- altered, the home batsmen would probably have made light of their task. Cricket had not, how- ever, been over more than half-an-hour on Friday when rain commenced to fall. It continued steadily until about five o'clock on Saturday morning, and when play should have been resumed at eleven o'clock the wicket was pronounced not fit for cricket. There was more rain before noon, and although it soon ceased, and the umpires made several inspec- tions of the batting area, another shower occurred about two. By then it was tolerably certain that England would have a stiff battle to fight if play ,ever became possible. Providing the sun did not make an appearance, of course, the task of the home team would not be anything like an impossible on< in one respect. The dead state of the ground, how- ever, had to be taken into consideration. As the time wore on and the hands of the clock pointed to two it became tolerably certain that the Englishmen would not be capable of getting the runs in the time. All doubt was set at rest by 2.50. A heavy down- pour that started at half-past two settled the business, and the first test match ever played in Yorkshire came to a most unglorious ending. Hampshire, in the inter-county contest on Satur- day at Portsmouth, scored their first victory of the season, administering to Surrey (who were without Hayward, Brockwell, and Richardson) their initial defeat. In the end rain almost saved Surrey, Hamp- shire only gaining their six wickets' victory five minutes before time. Surrey could not recover from the bad start they had made, and but for the break- up of the weather their defeat would have undoubtedly have been more severe. With four wickets down in their second innings they were still 81 runs behind at the close of play on Friday, and when the game could be continued, just after one o'clock, on Saturday the batsmen did so little that eight were out for 118, or only five runs on. Then came the recurrence |of rain, which nearly robbed Hampshire of victory. After lunch play could not be proceeded with until four o'clock, and then Leea and Wood found run-getting so easy on the wet pitch that they added 69 runs in 40 minutes and in the end Hampshire were set to get 94 runs in 95 minutes. Risking a good deal the home team scored just fast enough to hit the runs off; and so Surrey's colours were lowered, and Hants stood triumphant. Major Poore batted conspicuously well for the victors, making 175 and 39, not out. The Midland Counties district had charge of the amateur championships of the Amateur Athletic Association this season, and they engaged the Moly- neux Grounds, Wolverhampton, to'hold the meeting -on Saturday. They were very unfortunate in the matter of weather, for the frequent rain storms -during the week rendered the path, upon which every pains had been taken, so heavy that fast perfor- mances were out of the question, while on Saturday rain fell at intervals all the morning and until nearly three o'clock, so that this must have undoubtedly affected the attendance. Much of the sport itself was intensely interesting, and the finishes in the mile and the half-mile were wonderfully exciting. In the former Hugh Welsh, the holder, had all his work cut out to beat Charles Bennett, only struggling home a yard in front, while in the half W. E. Lutyens, one of the finest athletes ever turned out of Cambridge University, had his pro- verbial in-luck in the half-mile, Tysoe defeating him in a desperate struggle by barely a yard for once. The sprint and the quarter came south, R. W. Wadsley, of the Highgate Harriers, securing both in capital fashion, while Bennett again won the four miles run, Sturgess the walk, and Paget-Tomlinson, Cambridge University, the hurdles. The Irish con- tingent were, as expected, successful in the field event, securing the High and Long Jumps, the Hammer, and Weight Putting, but the foreign .element went away empty handed, G. Houdet, the French champion sprinter, suffering defeat in his 'n hoth the 100 Tards and Quarter, and Orton, of the New York A.C., failing to retain his trophy .and honours n the Steeplechase, which went to d £ TX • 6 mrruhe person of Stokes, of the Birchfield Harriers. The previous holders who re- ^tained their titles were Hugh Welsh in the Mile Kiely in the Hammer Throwing, Horgan in the 'Weight Putting, Reahy in the High Jump, Newburn :in the Long Jump, Bennett in the Four Miles run- ning, and Sturgess in the walk. Those who were pre- sent and failed were Cooper in the sprint, Fitz- herbert in the quarter, Poole and Orton in the pole jump and steeplechase respectively, while Parkes and ■Relf did not defend their cups in the hurdles and half-mile. As a matter of fact, Poole was excep- tionally unfortunate, for he lost his pole en route, =and as neither of the other competitors in the pole jump would lend him one he had to stand by and see wis trophy won by a much inferior man. The annual inter-'Varsity cycling contest was decided on Saturday on the Sheen House Club's track, at Mortlake. The weather was windy, and P. Engleheart rode finely for Cambridge, winning two ,of the races, and finishing second in the third, but the result of the contest was an easy win for Ox- ford, who proved successful, on points, in each of three races. H. B. Fitzherbert was placed in every event. The results were: One Mile: P. Engleheart, Cambridge^ ;H. B,Fitzherbert, Oxford, 2 ;L. Martin, J tu •' J m-0n length, two lengths between second and tmrd. Time, 2min. 33sec. Four Miles: L. Martin, SX/°J\ V n e Cambridge, 2; H. B. Fitzherbert, Oxford, 3. A close race was won by a wheel, three lengths between the next couple. Time, llmin. 17 2-5sec. ^Ten Miles P. Engleheart, Cam bridge, 1; H. B. Fitzherbert, Oxford, 2 • F. J. Hey- wood, Oxford, 3. Won easily by six yards, half a wheel between second and third. Time, 25min. 4sec. Contrary to usual experience the Royal N ortheJ8, Yacht Club had a beautiful day on Monday for the second day of their regatta. But the wind proved too much for some of the yachts at critical moments, for no fewer than five of them sustained accidents. In three of the races in which the maimed vessels were engaged there were only two starters, so that these events were shorn of all interest. The 65 raters were again represented by Eelin. and Astrild. During the first round Eelin carried away her topmast, and Astrild sailed over. The 52 raters had the finest race of the day. Senga led throughout winning by two minutes from Caprice, which got second prize. Forsa, Penitent, and Moiwiing Star finished in the order given. In the match for cruising twenties Zinita broke down, and Dragon sailed over and in the race for the Clyde 20 ton one design class, Vagrant and Tigris both brokty-their gaffs, Avalon winning, with Noyra second. The inclement weather interfered little with the actual cricket in the Oxford and Cambridge match, at Lord's, on Monday, but the company present was by no means so numerous and brilliant as its customary on such an occasion. Slow cricket pre- vailed, the Oxonians—seven of whom reached double figures-conipiling 192 in four hours and ten minutes, while the Cantabs repiled with 44 for two wickets. Play in the Australian match with Notts was considerably interfered with at Trent-bridge on Monday, only an hour's cricket being possible. In this period the County scored 51 runs for the loss of a wicket. Only a slow day's cricket was witnessed on Monday at Ken- nington Oval, several adjournments being caused through the failing light and the rain. Surrey have completed their first innings for 240, towards which Hayward, who completed his 1000 runs for the season, was top scorer with 84. At Manchester, Lancashire started in excellent style when they opened their innings against Sussex on Monday, but afterwards only a poor display was given, all being out for 244. Sussex replied with 30 without losing a wicket, when strumps were drawn for the day. York- shire made a splendid start in their match with Derby on Monday, for by the close of the day's play 318 had been scored for the loss of only four wickets. Towards this J. T. Brown, of Drffield, contributed a brilliant 192, which was marred by only two chances towards the close of his innings. Cricket proceeded at Lord's on Tuesday unaer much more favourable conditions than on Monday, and the attendance was much larger. Cambridge carried their overnight score of 44 for two wickets to 241, a fine stand being made by Day (62) and Hind (52 not out) for the ninth wicket. Oxford com- menced their second innings at 10 minutes to four 49 runs in arrears, and when stumps were drawn for the day had made 174 for three wickets, Pilkington, who went in first, being 93 not out. At Kennington Oval Essex did wonder- fully well against Surrey, scoring no fewer than 342 for the loss of seven wickets. Each batsman who went in made double figures, and four reached 50. M'Gahey making 68. At Nottingham, on a difficult wicket, the Notts innings against Australia on Tuesday closed for 188, Shrewsbury (51) making the biggest score, and J. A. Dixon (46) coming next; the Australians made 106 for the loss of three wickets, Noble (46) and Trumper (31) being not out. At Derby on Tuesday Yorkshire raised their overnight score of 318 for four wickets to 432; Derbyshire were dis- posed of for 78, but did much better on following on, making 122 for five wickets R. Kenward made the best stand, scoring 31 in the first innings, and being 39 in the second. At Manchester Sussex obtained on Tuesday decidedly the better of the position in their match with Lancashire; they completed their first innings for 219, disposed of Lancashire for 110, and had made one run for the loss of one wicket on Tuesday night, so that with nine wickets to fall they only wanted 135 to win. Derbyshire had to bite the dust before Yorkshire on Wednesday to the tune of an innings and 160 runs, no one but Storer and Mr. Kennard being able to make any stand. For Lancashire, at Manchester, on Wednesday, so successfully did Lancaster and Webb bowl on a wicket which favoured them, that Sussex found it quite impossible to get the comparatively small number of 125 runs set them, and lost in the end by 29, after some excitement. Noble carried his score to 84 at Trent-bridge against Nottingham on Wednesday, and Trumper his to 85, and when both had been got rid of and seven wickets altogether were down for 234, the Australian captain declared." The Notts second score stood at 50 for five later on. When Abel, Brockwell, and Hayes were all out for 21 amongst the three of them on Wednesday, at Kennington, after Surrey had gone in a second time against Essex 132 in arrears (the visiting fixst innings having been rapidly finished off for 3*2) matters looked black for the home team. Eut a careful stand by Lockwood and Hayward then altered the appearance of matters, and the good bat- ting was kept up so well that with the score at 150, and no further wicket had fallen, danger of defeat seemed to be passing away from Surrey again with every run added to the board, and the spirits of the Ovalites rose correspondingly. When Oxford had got to 347 for eight on Wed- nesday afternoon they put Cambridge in again to get 299 in just over three hours, play out time, or be defeated. One wicket of the Light Blues was down for 52 subsequently. Pilkington did not add to the 93 he made on Tuesday, but he was top scorer for his side, though Knox played finely for 73 not out.

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