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CURRENT SPORT. I Somia EXCITING CRICKET. At Bristol on Saturday Middlesex obtained a memarkable victory over Gloucestershire by 272 runs. A magnificent innings of two hundred and four by J. Douglas enabled the Lon- -doners to declare their second venture closed at 454 for six wickets, B. J. T. Bosanquet and C. M. Wells then dismissing the Westerners for 101 with half an hour in hand. An exciting finish was seen at Kennington Oval on Satur- day, where the Philadelphian cricketers defeated Surrey ten minutes before the time fixed for ,drawing stumps by 110 runs. The visitors de- clared their second innings closed, but, thanks to a superb not-out one hundred and fifty-six from Hayward, only managed to win in the last few minutes. For the winners J. B. King took out his bat tor a splendidly-played one I y hundred and thirteen. There was an exciting spell of cricket at Canterbury on Saturday. Kent, who on resuming had an advantage of 64 with all their wickets in hand, played bright cricket, and closed their innings after scoring 354 for five wickets, Burnup contributing one hundred and twenty-nine, Alec Hearne, seventy- five, and Seymour sixty-seven (not out). The Worcestershire batsmen, who wanted 273 to win in rather less than three hours, lost a wicket in each of Fielder's first four overs and were all •out for 76, the bowler named claiming seven wickets for 45 runs. Kent won, with fifty minutes to spare, by 196 notches. OTHER FINISHES. Notts beat Essex at Leyton on Saturday by an innings and two runs. The match was chiefly noteworthy for some more remarkable bowling by John Gunn, who, by securing fourteen wic- ketsl brought his record for nine days' cricket to thirty-eight wickets for 477 runs. After heavy scoring, the Somerset and Sussex match at Taunton resulted in a draw on Saturday. During the day both P. R. Johnson and Braund exceeded the century for the home team, who scored 419 for eight wickets in their second in- nings. Yorkshire beat Leicestershire on Satur- day by ten wickets, the losers collapsing badly before the bowling of Haigh in their second in- nings. THE TEAM VoR AUSTRALIA. A. A. Lillef, the Warwickshire wicket-keeper, will, after all, join the M.C.C. side for Aus- tralia this autumn. The team, as at present constituted, may not be England, but most of I the selected players are just now full of cricket and doing great things. For proof of this fact, one has only to look at the scores of the most recent matches. Hirst, though not particularly recent matches. Hirst, though not particularly successful as a bowler, made scores of 58, 69 not out, and 93, winning Yorkshire their match ,against Lancashire when the position was de- cidedly critical, and being the chief run-getter against Leicestershire. Rhodes took thirteen wickets for 152 runs against Lancashire, and scored 30 and not out 13, and against Leicester- shire, after bowling with little or no effect on the first day, he played an innings of 72, and took three wickets for 26 runs. Hayward did not distinguish himself in Surrey's Bank Holi- day match with Notts, but on Saturday he al- most succeeded in saving the game with the Philadelphians, batting in quite his finest form for 156 not out. People were beginning to think that the M.C.C. had been a little premature in picking Hayward for the Australian tour, but this splendid innings suggests that on the Mel- bourne and Sydney wickets he will be as good as ever. He likes Australian bowling, and the experience gained during two previous trips will give him a great advantage over most of his col- leagues. Braund did nothing out of the com- mon against Middlesex at the beginning of last week, but in the match with Sussex he was at his best, both as bowler and batsman, taking seven wickets on a perfect pitch and helping Z, 10 save the game for his side with an innings of 111. To come to players whose selection was by no means so obvious as that of Hirst, Rhodes, Hayward, and Braund, Bosanquet had a won- derful week. His fierce hitting went far towards enabling Middlesex to beat the clock and win their match with Somerset, and at Bristol he followed up an innings of 52 by taking six wic- kets for 64 runs, he and C. M. Wells winning a game which had seemed certain to end in a draw. Arnold, in the course of last week, took (twenty-two wickets—thirteen at Birmingham :and nine at Canterbury—and Fielder, after do- ing very fair work on the previous days, had (quite a triumph at Canterbury on Saturday, taking seven wickets for 45 runs, and giving Kent the easiest of victories. In contrast to all this fine cricket on the part of the players who .are going to Australia, Tyldsley was out three vtimes last week and only made 9 runs. Warner himself played no big innings, but he had had a modest share in the victories of Middlesex, scor- ing 36 and 32 against Somerset, and 21 and 33 against Gloucestershire. Mr. Fry has been ,taking a very long time over formulating a final answer to the M.C.C.'s invitation. RECORD GOLF SCORE. James Braid (Romford), the open champion of 1901, has been in fine form of late. Last week, he did three rounds of 69 each, and one round of ,67, the latter being a record for the present ex- tended course. The details were: Out: 4 4 3 5 5 4 3 4 4 — 36—67. Home: 3 4 3 3 4 4 4 3 3 — 31—67. INTERNATIONAL CYCLING. Fully ten thousand spectators gathered round the Canning Town track on Saturday to witness a very fine programme of sports. The feature was the first appearance in England of the 'American coloured rider "Major" Taylor, who .competed in three races of a mile each against Jenkins (England) and Piard (France). In each instance Taylor was infinitely superior to his rivals, who in the sprints for home were not in it with the American, but the times in each case ,were slow, owing to crawling tactics. Other events resulted as follows: Half-mile Open Amateur Cycling Handicap: H. D. Buck, lAnerley B.C. (18 yards start), 1. Time, Imin. '6 4-5sec. Third of a Mile Open Amateur Han- dicap A. J. Savage, Thames Ironworks C.C. (38 yards start), 1. Time, 40 l-5sec. Five Miles ,Scratch Amateur Race: Final: H. C. Bouffler, iShaftesbury C.C., 1 A. S. Ingram, Polytechnic C.C., 2. Won by wheel. Time, 12min. 33 l-5sec. In a ten miles trial for record, Henri Contenet ((France) failed by over a minute, his time being ;13miu. 4 2-5see. SWIMMING. At Harold Park, Lowmoor, near Bradford, on Saturday, the half-mile amateur championship rwaa decided. There were five entrants, but only three faced the starter, viz., D. Billington, of Bacup (holder), Law, of Chadderton, and Short- house, of Salford. Billington led from the start, and at the half-distance he was a dozen yards ahead of Law. This advantage he increased during the latter part of the journey, and he eventually won easily by thirty-five yards from Law, in 13min. 10 3-5sec. KECORDS BEATEN. Some fine performances were accomplished in the presence of 20,000 persons, at the Celtic Football Club's sports at Celtic-park, Glasgow. There were two races at 100 yards, and each was won in the fast time of 9 4-5sec. J. P. Starck (Glasgow), 5t yards start, won the first tfin which G. F. Duffey, scratch, J. S. Westney, 2t, R. W. Wadsley, 3, and W. Murray, the 'Blackley sprint-winner, 4 yards, unsuccessfully competed), and D. Murray (Ireland), 3^ yards, won the other. The brothers Leahy did well. ""C" won the high jump at 5ft. llin., and i" p. J." was similarly successful in the long ijump at 22ft. 10 Jin. Denis Horgan, the ex-champion, won the weight-putting with a Scottish record perform- ance of 46ft. lin., and T. R. Nicholson won the ihammer-throwing competition with a Scottish record distance of 153ft. lin. J. S. Benyon, tiverpool, won the five miles scratch cycle race; and H. Martin beat the five miles motor-cycling record, doing 5min. 53 3-5sec., or 29 3-5see. faster than the former fastest from a flying start. SHRTJBB WINS ONCE MOKE. At Atherton sports A. Shrubb won a two miles invitation scratch running race in 9min. 33 1-5sec., beat wig the second man, C. J. Shaw, Warrington H., by 300 yards. MONDAY'S PLAY. Rain admitted of but eighty minutes' cricket at Kennington Oval on Monday in the game be- tween Surrey and Derbyshire. The home county scored 106 runs for the loss of three wickets, Hayes doing best with 59. The very interesting County Championship match between Yorkshire and Middlesex attracted 20,000 people to the Leeds ground on Monday. Yorkshire, playing with extreme care, completed their first innings for 253, and Middlesex scored seven without loss. Tunnicliffe made 77 and Hirst 52 for the home side. Sussex made a fine start in their return match with Lancashire, at Brigh- ton, as, remaining in possession all day, they compiled 343 for the loss of only four wickets. C. B. Fry was unluckily out with 98 to his credit. Kent, at Taunton, at the close of the three and a-half hours' play which were pos- sible on Monday, made 269 runs for the loss of eight wickets. Worcestershire had to field all day on Monday against Leicestershire, the latter scoring 419 for seven wickets. In subscribing 200, not out, Knight made the highest score of his first-class career. At Southampton, in the match between Hampshire and Warwickshire, the home side, after scoring 230, dismissed seven of their opponents for 24 runs before Monday nightfall. CRICKET—AND RAIN. Rain again interfered with cricket at Kenning- ton Oval on Tuesday, only an hour's play being possible in the match between Surrey and Derby- shire. The home county increased their over- night total of 106 for three wickets to 174 for four. Magnificent bowling by Hirst and Rhodes caused Middlesex to collapse, at Leeds, for 79 runs. Yorkshire were thus 174 in front on the first innings, and, deciding to bat a second time, they recorded 233 for six wickets, raising their advantage to 407. The Hon. F. S. Jackson played finely for 82 (not out). Leicestershire's fine score in their first innings was chiefly due to the excellent batting of Knight, who was responsible for no fewer than 229 out of a total of 465. Worcestershire faced their uphilJ task in good style, and their total at the close of play was 239 for the loss of six wickets. During an hour and twenty-five minutes' play at Brighton, on Tuesday, Sussex increased their score of 343 to 422 for five wickets, K. S. Ranjitsinhji being still not out with 144 to his credit. Blank days were experienced by Somerset and Kent at Taunton, and Hampshire and Warwickshire at Southampton.

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