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CURRENT SPORT. The weather was still unwilling, up to last week- end, to let the batting season of 1902 proper com- mence. At Leyton, on Saturday, rain fell so heavily and the ground and the light were so bad, that only a little over forty minutes' cricket was possible in the game between Warwickshire and Essex, and the game was abandoned as a draw. Owing to heavy rain no play was possible in the Worcestershire game with Hampshire at Wor- cester. The Middlesex and Notts match at Lord's was abandoned as a draw owing to rain, no play having taken place since the first day, a similar result being brought about in the match between Lancashire and the Australians at Old Trafford. Sussex had all the best of the draw with Leicester, for when stumps were drawn they required only 90 runs to win, and had not started their second innings. Although rain caused frequent interruptions at Cambridge, there was plenty of play in the match between the University and Surrey. The Light Blues, after increasing their Thursday's score to 293 for seven wickets, declared, and then Messrs. Wilson and Dowson, bowing with such suc- cess on the wet wicket, got rid of the Metropolitans for 92. Following on, Surrey scored 27 without loss before stumps and the match were drawn. Rain caused the Yorkshire and Derbyshire match at Chesterfield to be aban- doned as an abortive draw-though it is conceiv- able that had not Lord Hawke had sportsmanly consideration for Storer's benefit fund, he might on Friday night have finished off with another win in the County Championship for Yorkshire. Only a few minutes' play took place in the match between Oxford University and Kent, at Oxford on Satur- day, a thunderstorm putting a stop to the pro- ceedings after Oxford had increased their score from 56 to 78 for two wickets. The tale of draws grows amazingly long. Surely the sun will shine soon, and "King Willow" come into his own again. J. Austin Miller, one of the latest London Athletic Club recruits, who gave much promise when at Chigwell Grammar School, won the 100yds. handicap at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade sports on Saturday. G. W. Smith, the New Zea- land champion, l'an in the same event. H. T. Taylor won the mile handicap from the 127yds. mark in the fast time of 4min. 17 4-5sec. At the Printing and Allied Trades' sports at the Palace A. S. Ingram secured the half-mile open cycle handicap, as well as tho balf-mile scratch race for the Corporation Cup. The cup now becomes his own property, as he had won it twice previously. J. Binks, by winning the Farquhar Cup for the third time, makes that trophy his own. Rarely has fashionable London experienced such a disappointing season as this has been so far, and ladies have a legitimate grievance. Time after time brilliant social functions have had to be hidden beneath dull and sombre waterproofs. This was again the case on Saturday, for jnst as visitors were wending their way in large numbers to Barn Elms to witness the polo and ladies'sports, a heavy thunderstorm raged and put an end to all chance of polo taking place. The weather cleared for a time, however, and enabled the committee to get through a most interesting programme of ladies' events. In the five events there was a spirited competition, a-nd in nearly every instance there was very little to choose. Mrs. Webley proved most successful, as two firsts and a like number of seconds were secured by her. She was second to Mrs. Herbert Stroyan in the bending race on polo ponies, the distance being 200yds. between staves, and also second to Mrs. Glover in the pig-sticking event, which created great amusement. In the sortija, the popular Spanish game of rings and streamers, Miss K. Young proved an adept, and, securing the most streamers in the shortest time, took first prize, Mrs. Glover being a good second. In the race, lady on pony v. man on foot," over a dis- tance of 500 yards, Mrs. Webley finished first, and Mrs. Herbert Stroyan second, while the rescue race, in which each lady had to ride one pony and lead another to the lake, punt across, and bring back her companion, also ended in a win for Mrs. Webley, with Miss G. Young second. At the con- clusion of the sports the Right Hon. Lord Arthur Hill, who, with Captain Viscount Brackley, officiated as judge, presented the prizes to the fair winners. The annual Summer races at Cambridge con- cluded on Saturday. Third Trinity easily finished head of the river. First Trinity allowed Trinity Hall to reclaim their bump Jesus defeated Lady Margaret; King's caught Pembroke, and Selwyn accounted for Peterhouse. Cambridge University won their annual match with the Otter Swimming Club on Saturday, win- sing the 50yds., 100yds., and quarter-mile races. In the polo match the Londoners won by 1 goal to 0. At Oxford the Dark Blues won their water polo match with the United Hospitals by 3 goals to 1. The officials of the Houses of Parliament en- gaged in a golf match on the links of the Hanger Hill Club, Ealing, on Saturday. The Lords won by 23 holes-viz., 34 to 11. The best match of the day was between Mr. Albert Gray (Lords) and Mr. C. W. Campion (Commons), the former winning by one hole. Those two doughty golfers James Braid and Harry Vardon met on the links of the Rodway Hill Club, Bristol, on Saturday. Braid won by five up and four to play. It has been decided at a meeting at Rome of the International Cyclists' Union that the matches for the world's championship should be held in 1903 at Copenhagen, and in 1904 at Chicago, at the Olympic fetes. Thanks to a magnificent innings of 151 not out by Abel, Surrey kept Sussex in the field nearly all day at Kennington Oval on Monday, and put together 263. The visitors made a poor start, as at the drawing of stumps two good wickets-Vine and Killick-were out for 42. Leicester gave a consistent if slow batting display at the Crystal Palace on Monday, and off the London County bowlers scored 254 for the loss of eight wickets, Knight being top scorer with 70. The cricket scarcely rose on Monday above mediocrity at Lord's, where Notts were entertained by the M.C.C. and Ground, save for a good innings of 100 by Ire- monger for the visitors. The premier club were but weakly represented, and were all out for 63. To this Notts replied with 207 for seven wickets, so they on Tuesday morning were 144 runs on, with three wickets in hand. 0 The attendance was poor, and the weather cold and dull. The Australians, although at a disadvantage in having four of their team on the sick list, had by far the best of the first day's play with Cambridge University, as, after dismiss- ing their opponents ,.for 108, they scored 87 for the loss of only one wicket. Trumper performed well both with ball and bat. There was a good deal of progress made with the game at Birmingham on Monday. Derbyshire batted first on a slow wicket, and scored 122. To this Warwickshire replied with 192 for three wickets. So they were on Tuesday morning 70 runs on, with the use of seven wickets left them. At Gloucester, the home county had the better of matters against Somerset on Monday, scoring 186 against 116 for eight wickets. Except that Wratlial scored 78, and Braund took six wickets -Rvt ?iayA? Poking in outstanding features. At Xorks.5lire had Middlesex for opponents, visitors batting first, they were all 1 KO f nr +vi ?r „ *n reply to this Yorkshire scored J?S8,0t sil finished ;,p the fsl a sss $ £ ««5r«» being shared by J. R. Mason and Blythe. Ths Australian cricketers beat Cambridn University on Tuesday with remarkable ease, the margin in their favour being an innings and 183 runs. Victor Trumper again gave evi- dence of his remarkable form with a score of 128, while A. J. Hopkins bowled in sensational fashion and took seven wickets for 10 runs, including the "hat trick." The Cantabs only aggregated 46 in their second innings. Notts gained an easy victory over M.C.C. and Ground at Lord's by an innings and 43 runs. Warwickshire had all the better of their match with Derbyshire at Birmingham, and at the close of the second day's play only required 12 runs to win with nine wickets in hand. Yorkshire continued their victorious career, and routed Middlesex at Bradford by an innings and 22 runs, Haigh and Rhodes bowling irresistibly. The feature of the cricket at the Crystal Palace on Tuesday was a splendid innings of 132 by W. L. Murdoch for London County, who, by scoring 327, exceeded the Leicester total by 47 runs. The visitors before nightfall lost a wicket in the second innings for 13 runs. The feature of an interesting day's cricket on Tuesday at Kennington Oval was a magnificent and timely innings of 135 by K. S. Ranjitsinhji, who very materially helped Sussex in their first innings with Surrey. Though five wickets fell for 70, the famous Indian cricketer showed a grand defence, and, in his best style, completely mastered the bowling. At the close of the second day's play Surrey, in their second innings, had lost four wickets, and were only 40 runs to the good. At Worcester, the home county fared badly at the hands of Kent, and required on Wednesday 221 runs to save defeat, with six wickets in hand. Blythe and Mason bowled finely for the visitors. Gloucestershire left off in a far better position than their visiting neighbours Somerset, on Tues- day, for the Cider men wanted 127 to win with Silly three wickets standing.

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