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CUftltKNT SPORT. I In very creditable fashion, Gloucestershire drew their match in the cricket county championship com- petition with Middlesex, at Lord's, on Saturday. Th* Visitors had to face a deficit of 484, and recorded oi3 for five wickets in a little over four hours, G. L. Jessop hitting finely for 124. Wrat hall also played a great defensive innings of 83. What the result. would have been had Middlesex made their oppo- nents follow-on on the second day of the natch, as they might have done, is a matter open to question. At Derby, Surrey easily defeated the home county by five wickets on Saturday. Overnight, with nine wickets to fall, the visitors were left requiring 10S to win, and these they obtained for the loss of four more wickets. Abel played a fine innings of 88 runs. Requiring only 49 runs to win, and having an innings to play, Notts easily defeated Essex on Saturday by nine wickets. Thanks to the magni- ficent bowling of E. R. Wilson, who took 14 wickets in the match for only 75 runs, Cambridge Univer- sity easily defeated Worcester, at Cambridge, by seven wickets. The first meet of the Coaching Club took place on Saturday, at Hyde-park, in favourable weather. Twenty-six coaches appeared, as compared with 16 at the club's earliest gathering last year, and the turn-out was admired by a large number of specta- tors. The rain of Saturday evening came too late to spoil the proceedings at the London polo grounds, and following on the Coaching Club meet there were big attendances at both Hurlingham and Ranelagh, where besides the usual polo matches there were other attractions. The report from America that Mr. Harry Vardon, who won the open golf championship of America at Chicago last year, would defend his title this June at Boston (U.S.) is incorrect. Mr. Vardon stated on Saturday at Muirfield, where he is practising for the open championship, that he would not defend his title in America this year. At Buxton, on Saturday, in fine weather, the Duke of Devonshire Challenge Golf Cup was played for. The best score was returned by Mr. E. Jackson, North Manchester, with 92 less 12, equals 80. The two next best scores were Mr. J. T. Lomas, 93 less 11, equals 82, and Mr. W. M. Leake, 87 less 5, equals 82. At the close of play the Duke of Devon- shire presented his cup to Mr. Jackson. His Grace said he should have liked to have accepted the cap- tain's invitation for a round on the links, but unfor- tunately he began to play golf late in life, and was lorry to say he was a very poor performer. Golf was ? most excellent game, and players were able to get » great amount of capital exercise out of it. He was pleased to present the prize to Mr. Jackson, the winner. Cheers were given for the duke, and a hearty vote of thauks was accorded him. The croquet championship meeting was concluded at Wimbledon on Saturday, Mr. Roper and Miss Cowie retaining the Double Championship. Details Ladies' and Gentlemen's Open Doubles Champion- ship.—Final Round: Mr. R. N. Roper and Miss Cowie (holders) beat Mr. A. Brigstocke and Mrs. Brigstocke by 11 to 23. Handicap Singles.—Semi- Final Round: C. E. Willis (owes 2) beat T. M. Zarifi (rec, 4) by 23 Sir Collingwood Hughes (6) beat Mrs. Hassard (4) by 20. Final Round: C. E. Willis beat Sir Collingwood Hughes by 3. In an exhibition match Miss Gower (lady champion) beat R. N. Roper (champion) by 11 to 16. The Irish Lawn Tennis Championships were con- tinued in Dublin on Saturday, which ought to have been the last day of the tournament, but owing to loss of time, occasioned by wet weather, all the finals save one and several matches in the concluding rounds of some of the events had to remain over. The only final reached was in the All-Comers' Singles between the younger Doherty (All-England) and S. H. Smith (Stroud). The latter was not seen at his best, send- ing many of his returns into the net, and apparently being knocked about by the gusty character of the day. Doherty played a cool, accurate game, and won by three sets to love, thus gaining the right to challenge his brother, R. F. Doherty, who has held the cup for two years, for the championship. H. L. Doherty and Mrs. Durlacher defeated Smith and Miss Martin in the semi-final of the Mixed Doubles, and Mrs. Durlacher defeated Miss' Martin in the Ladies' Championship Singles. After a hard match in the All-Comers' Doubles, Smith and Ball Greene defeated Eaves and Boyd rather cheaply. The London County Bowling Club was opened on Saturday with a fixed 11 jack competition, in which 135 players took part. The scoring was low, gene- rally, as the winners—11 out of a possible 72-will show. Mr. J. W. Dingles, of the New Zealand Bowling Team, took the first prize, a silver cup, whilst Mr. Owen M'Sally, Abbey-park, Leicester, and Iffr. S. Nathan, Australian Bowling Team, were winners, respectively, of the gold and silver medals. The result of the opening day's play in the Surrey Jad Somerset match at Kennington Oval on Monday &ft matters in a fairly level state, as against a com- pleted innings of 247 by the home lot, the Western County replied with 85 for the loss of two wickets. The fielding and bowling of the visitors was won- derfully good throughout the whole of the day. Thanks to admirable displays by Pearson and Bowley, Worcestershire, on their own ground, on Monday, had the best of Warwickshire, as when play ceased for the day they were only 77 runs behind their rivals' total of 234, and jitill had nine wickets to fall. Wood and King also batted finely for Leicester. Some curious play was seen in the Kent and Gloucester- shire match at Gravesend, as, after the first three home wickets had realised 191 runs, the whole side was out for 242. Humphreys (43), Baker (89), and Alec Hearne (40) batted well. Gloucestershire did badly, losing six wickets for 39 runs, but Paish and Kitcat subsequently came to the rescue before stumps were drawn for the day. The South African cricketers were called upon to oppose a very Btrong M.C.C. team at Lord's on Monday, includ- ing Dr. W. G. Grace and Prince Ranjitsinhji, but they acquitted themselves well, scoring 150 against 168. In a singularly low-scoring game, the highest individual effort on the first day was an innings of 62 by W. Shalders on behalf of the Colonials. Warwickshire accomplished a fine bat- ting performance against Lancashire at Birmingham on Monday, scoring 329 for two wickets. W. G. Quaife (136 not out) and Kinneir (141 not out) added 260 for the third wicket before stumps were drawn an the opening day. At Bournemouth Yorkshire were batting all day on Monday against Hampshire, their first innings closing just on time for 365. Towards this total F. Mitchell contributed a fine innings of 100, while Hirst hit vigorously for 81. At Lords, on Tuesday, M.C.C. and Ground com- pleted their second innings against the South Africans for 170. The Colonials required 189 to win, but were all out for 135, so the club were victorious by 53 runs. Somerset, at Kennington Oval, took their first-innings score against Surrey to 239, or eight in arrear. Surrey in their second innings had on Tuesday night put on 298 at the expense of eight wickets. At Bournemouth, Hamp- shire, going in against the Yorkshire score of 365, were dismissed in their first innings for 75, and in the follow-on for 208, leaving the Northern county winners by an innings and 82 runs. Gloucestershire managed to raise their first-innings total against Kent at Gravesend to 186. The home team had a useful advantage of 56, but did poorly in their second innings, and were all out for 142. The visitors, with 199 to make for victory, had at the close of the second day's play lost five wickets for 127 runs. Warwickshire continued on Tuesday to score freely against Lancashire at Birmingham, and he declared the innings closed when their total stood at 532 for four wickets. Kinneir made 215 not out, and W. G. Quaife 177. Lancashire replied with 253, of which Tyldesley contributed 118, and, having to follow on, they obtained four without loss before the close of the second day's play, Worcestershire completed their first innings against Leicestershire at Worcester for 304, or 70 ahead, and Leicestershire made by Tuesday nightfall 212 in their second innings at the cost of six wickets. _?_ 

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