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CURRENT &PORT< I WEEK-END CRICKET. 1 Kent continued their victorious career in the county cricket championship by winning the Hants match at Tonbridge on Friday of last week by eight wickets. Blythe was almost un- playable in both of the Hampshire innings, taking nine wickets for 30 runs in the first, and six for 46 in the second. At Lord's, on Satur- day, Middlesex beat Surrey, after an exciting match, by two wickets, G. W. Beldam and the home captain, G. McGregor, assisting materi- ally towards such a result. Leicestershire went down to Essex, at Leicester, the visitors bringing off a surprising victory by nine wic- kets. Of the 204 set them to win, Carpenter made 108, not out. As was expected, Sussex and Yorkshire played a drawn game at Brigh- ton. In the course of the three days only twenty-three wickets fell. C. B. Fry made his individual score on Saturday into 229, his highest this ,season. Worcestershire and Gloucestershire played a drawn game at Worcester, the batting throughout being stronger than the bowling. The game produced 1,111 runs for thirty-one wickets. Arnold scored 111 and 86 for the home team. The game at Old Traff-orcl between Lancashire and Notts ended in a draw, the feature of the con- cluding day's cricket being a steady innings of 100 not out by L. O. S. Poidevin, the London County representative. Notts had to get 239 in ninety minutes to win, and they made 36 for two wickets. SCOTTISH FOOTBALL BEGINS. The Scottish football season opened on Satur- day, the chief results being — Scottish League.—First Division.—Hiber- nians 1, Queen's Park 1; Kilmarnock 3, Hearts 2; Dundee 2, St. Mirren 0; Celtic 5, Partiok Thistle 0; Airdrieonians 3, Motherwell 2; Morton 1, Port Glasgow Athletic 0. Second Division.—East Stirlingshire 0, Leith Athletic 0; Falkirk 2, Aberdeen 1; Abercorn 3, Raith Rovers 1 Ayr 4, Arthurlie 0; Hamil- ton Acas. 4, St. Bernard's 0. THOUSAND YARDS NORTHERN COUNTIES SWIM- MING CHAMPIONSHIP. This annual race was decided in the sea at Blackpool on Saturday in beautiful weather before a large attendance. Six competitors started, and Billington, Bacup, led at the half distance by 50 yards from H. Herring, of Hyde, with N. Potter, Tyldesley, close up, third. On rounding the flag for home Billington was by himself, and won easily by two hundred yards, whilst, after a magnificent struggle, Herring and Potter dead-heated for second place. Time, 15min. 13 4-5sec. CROQUET CHAMPIONSHIP. At Wimbledon on Saturday the croquet cham- pionship meeting was concluded. The open championship was won by R. C. J. Beaton, who beat F. W. Croft in the final round by 2 and 18. The ladies' championship fell to Miss Rowley, who beat Mrs. J. A. Richards by 13 and 25 in the final. TANDEM RECORDS BEATEN. When winning the Anerley Club's 100 miles race at the Crystal Palace on Saturday, the brothers G. L. and O. J. Hopkins broke all amateur records from 51 miles (excepting at the sixty-sixth mile, where H. Purvis and P. F. Nosworthy led) to 100 miles, inclusive. The brothers Hopkins, on their tandem, won by five yards, in 3hr. 44min. 48 2-5sec. G. A. Olley, on a single, came next, in 3hr. 44min. 49 l-5sec. Purvis and Nosworthy were third, in 3hr. 47min. 14 2-5 sec., and E. V. Norman, on a bicycle, fourth, in 4hr. 6min. 59 1-5sec. Purvis and Nosworthy, with 17min. start, won the sealed handicap. AN UNUSUAL DOUBLE. At the King's Oak Cycling and Athletic Grounds, High Beech, on Saturday afternoon, in the Hornsey and Crouch End Wheelers' sports, C. V. Clark won the two miles bicycle handicap, from scratch, in 4min. 54 3-5sec., and afterwards also won the 100 yards foot-racing handicap, from scratch, in 12sec.—an unusual double event. In both events Clark conceded lengthy starts. BATH CLUB'S SPORTS. The Bath Cycling Club's sports were carried out on a big scale last Saturday. Prizes were given to the value of £ 400. Ernest Payne, of Worcester, won the three miles bicycle race for the Diamond Jubilee Gold Plate and Tempest Challenge Cup, beating S. W. Lack, the Eastern counties' champion, by a length, in 7min. 56 2-5see. Lack, however, in the five miles race for the Bath City Gold Vase, later on, beat Payne by a similar margin, in lomin. 15sec., with 80 yards start. Lack also won the half-mile handi- cap. Foot-racers were also busy at the same meeting, where J. Austin Miller, the 100 yards champion of Wales, as well as of Essex, won the 100 yards level race, beating L. F. Tremeer by 6in., in 10 2-5sec. SHRUBB SUCCESSFUL AT SOUTHEND. Alfred Shrubb was the main attraction at Saturday's land sports decided by the Southend Regatta Committee at the Marine Park. The little champion competed in the one mile open handicap (from scratch) and three miles invita- tion level race. In the former he retired at 600 yards, but in the three miles he beat his old opponent, A. Aldridge, Highgate B., by 60 yards in 14min. 51 l-5sec. A. Willingham, Railway Clearing House A.C. won the 300 yards handicap, and finished third in the 100 yards, won by J. Hursey, Highgate H. A. Capper, of Elstree, who finished second in the 100 yards, was first in the half-mile in the extraordinary fast time of Imin. 54sec. F. S. Wills, joint holder with his more famous brother, A. E. Wills, of the tandem championship, was the hero of the cycle events, winning the one mile scratch race and taking second prizes in the half-mile and mile handicaps. NEW GOLF COURSE. Thirty golfers, representative of Gullane, Dirleton Castle, Bass Rock, Luffness, and Dunbar, competed in the tournament for the Haldane challenge cup on Saturday over the Gallane new golf course. Mr. Hugh Watt (Dirleton Castle) proved successful with a score of 80. The next beet returns were: Mr. W. Black (Dirleton Castle), and Mr. Y. Brotherston (Dirleton Castle), 81. READING SPORTS. WALKING CHAMPION DISQUALIFIED. One of the most iateresting sports meeting3 of the season-the annual gathering of the Read- ing Athletic Club at Reading.—was held on Satur- day. Palmer Park was th venue, and quite 5,000 spectators were present. The sensations of the day were the breaking of the mile relay race record and the disqualification of the British walking champion in the three miles walking handicap. The Berkshire champion- ships were as usual included in the programme. There was any amount of excitement over the one mile relay race, B. J. Blunden, the half-mile ex-champion, representing the Herne Hill Harriers, finished first, two yards ahead of the Surrey half-mile champion, E. H. Montague (South London Harriers). Blunden and this three club-fellows among them covered the mile in 2min. 31 2-5 sec., beating the previous British record' by four-fifths of a second. Montague ran splendidly, covering his quarter-mile in 51 3-5sec., and making up a lot of ground at the finish. Tite Herne, Hill Harriers won. An unpleasant feature of the meeting was the disqualification of the seven and two miles amateur champion walker of England, G. E. Larner (Brighton and County H.), who was at scratch in the three miles walking handicap. The officials, not being satisfied with his mode of progression, ruled him out in the first half-mile. Several of the other competitors met with the same fate, and the race was eventually won by T. J. Eaton, of the Kennington Harriers, with 500 yards start, in 20min. 57 4-5isec. J. C. Hall, of the Northampton Institute Harriers, was X J aecond, with 650 yards start, and H. A. Smith, of the Belgrave Harriers, 540, third. W. Ette (Bedford A.C.), 7t yards start, won the 100 yards open handicap, beating E. H. Montague (South London H.), 6! yards start, by a foot, in the fast time of 9 4-5sec. The 300 yards open handicap was won by H. Brady, of the Herne Hill Harriers, 20 yards start, a co-starter in T. Clark, of the London and North-Western A.C., finishing second, two yards behind. Time, 32sec. Fast time was accomplished in the half-mile open handicap, which was won in Imin. 55 4-5sec. by the quarter-mile ex-champion, C. McLachlan, of the Herne Hill Harriers, with 40 yards start. A. Hanlon (Reading A.C.), 59 yards start, was second, three yards behind. In the mile open handicap the winner, A. E. Combes, of the Portsmouth Harriers (128 yerds start), also did fast time. He beat G. F. Pepper, of the Bel- grave Harriers, 100 yards start, by a yard, in 4min. 17 2-5sec. E. P. Franklin, of the Railway Clearing House, was third, with 140 yards start. There were several spills in the cycle races. R. Janson (Polytechnic C.C.) was one of the victims in the half-mile scratch race, which the five and fifty miles champion, Leon Meredith, won by a wheel from C. Brooks (Royal Arsenal), in Imin. 9sec. Meredith afterwards won the mile bicycle handicap with 20 yards start, in 2min. 12 3-5sec., beating Janson by a wheel. Brooks was third. A half-mile bicycle handicap was won, with 60 yards start, by the Putney rider, C. C. Cole. RAIN-SPOILED CRICKET. At the Crystal Palace, on Monday, Warwick- shire scored 325 for the loss of nine wickets against London County, rain slightly curtailing shire scored 325 for the loss of nine wickets against London County, rain slightly curtailing the day's play. In the first match of the Chelten- ham week, Gloucestershire dismissed Yorkshire for 148 runs, rain then stopping play. Rather less than two hours' play was practicable at Lord's on Monday, and in that time Kent made a good start against Middlesex, scoring 139 (A. Hearne not out 52) for three wickets. At Brighton, against the South Africans, Sussex scored 141 for two wickets before rain came on and put a stop to further play. Owing to wet j weather, there was no cricket on Monday at Aigburgh in the match between Lancashire and I Leicestershire; and a similar state of things prevailed at Taunton, where Somerset were, opposed by Surrey. | VARIED PLAY. At Lord's, on Tuesday, Kent recorded 280 against Middlesex before closing their innings. Alec Hearne (100) and Mr. R. N. R. Blaker (53) batted very well. Middlesex replied with 125 for three wickets, Mr. P. F. Warner playing a fine not-out innings of 72. Some sensational bowling was seen at Cheltenham in the match between Gloucestershire and Yorkshire, and at the close Gloucestershire and Yorkshire, and at the close of the second day's play the visitors held the strong lead of 150 with two wickets still to fall. Yorkshire made 148 and 86 for eight wickets, and the home team 84. A brilliant innings of 178, not out, by K. S. Ranjitsinhji was the feature of Tuesday's contest at Brighton. With a score of 357 for three wickets Sussex declared, and when rain stopped play at twenty minutes past four, the South Africans had made 21 for and when rain stopped play at twenty minutes past four, the South Africans had made 21 for no wicket. At Taunton, Surrey did well against Somerset, as, after scoring 156, they on Tuesday dismissed the home team for 69, J. N. Crawford bowling with great success. The visitors, batting a second time, scored 64 without loss, and thus obtained a. lead of 151. At the Crystal Palace, London County played up wonderfully well against Warwickshire, on Tuesday, so much so that on Wednesday morning the game remained in quite an interesting condition. Warwickshire were 107 runs ahead, with eight wickets to fall.

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