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CRICKET NOTES. The death knell of cricket has already sounded. The interest in the summer pastime is now on the wane, though it is dying a hard death. This is not at all surprising when one remembers the tropical weather of the closing days of August, and considers how much more auspicious it was than the first month of the season. After this week the attention of the majority of sportsmen will be centred on the national winter game, and the 1906 cricket sea- son will be a. thing of the past. Eaton Park on Saturday credited themselves with one of the best victories of the season. Their opponents wero Hoole, and the game was played at Eaton under a scorching sun. The Eatonians batted first, and loot Garforth when ten runs had been recorded. After this, however, Mountford and Major Clifford made a praise- worthy stand and gave the Hoole fielders some of the warmest practice they have experienced this season. The partnership was not severed until the score had been taken to 112. The Major credited himself with only 12 runs, but Mountford hit out freely, and 77 runs stood against his name when he was clean bowled by Lomas. This is the second successive high score of Mountford's, and on Saturday his total included eight boundaries and six hits for three runs. Afterwards another capital stand was made by Captain Huntsman and E. Wells, who simply broke the hearte of the visiting bowlers. The former augmented the score by 45 runs, while the latter carried out his bat for 40. At the fall of the sixth wicket the score stood at 211, and the Eaton captain wisely declared. The Hoole batsmen were never comfortable. Hill was dismissed before a run had been scored, but afterwards Messro. Walton and Daviea batted steadily, and were not separated until 46 runs had been added. The remaining wieldera of tlie willow gave a mediocre ex- hibition, and Hague and North were the only men who reached double figures. The tail end failed to wag at all, and three runs were all that were recorded by the last three wickets. The whole eleven were dismissed for 98, and the suburb team had to accept defeat by 113 runs and five wickets. Boughton Hall credited themselves with a notable win on Saturday, when they vanquished the redoubtable Rook Ferry team by 105 runs. The game was played on the picturesque Bough- ton Hall ground, whioh offered the spectators delightful shady retreats from the tropical sun's rays. Rock Ferry commenced tlie batting, buti their players were never able to face for long the deadly bowling of Rooke and Blencowe. The latter was in fino form, and was responsib le for the dismissal of seven men. Tlie total scoro realised 80, only four men reaching double figures. The home team, always bad the game in hand, and before the fall of the fourth wicket their opponents' score had been passed. The initial batsmen, Stanyor and Day. were cheaply dis- posed of for three runs. Afterwards, however, Donne and Wilson made a capital stand, the former crediting hmself wth 59 runs and the latter scoring 33, all the runs being obtained by sound orioket. Capt. Rooke and Comerford were also in excellent fettle, and knocked the baU all over the ground. On the whole the Wirral ife-idei-s were not sorry when the innings closed for 185 runs, as their task of leather- hunting under such a grilling sun was not ono to be envied. Frodsham premier cricketers concluded their- fixture list on Saturday, when they entertained Warrington second team. The home team, who throughout the season have deplored the ab- sence of several of their best men, managed to put one of the strongest combinations in the field. Frodsham baited first. Hutohings and Cross taking their stand at the wiokeis. The

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