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THE SEVENTH MATCH—v MIDDLESEX.

English sporta owe mach to the patronage of oar nobility, and there are few cricketers bat are aware of the immense good dove to Sussex cricket by the Earl of Sheffield- Hitherto bis lordship, has not identified himself very prominently with the winter pastime* bat with the same desire, as prompted him to extensive outlay m entertaining the Australian cricketers In 1884 and 1886, he resolved to invite the New Zealand footballers to his charming seat near Fletcbiag, which is situate about midway between East Griasted and Lewis, on the London and" Brighton branch which connects those i two towns. At first a match against a scratch team was mooted,but these kind of matches do not find very much favor with players, and Middlesex not having arranged a fixture, and being at the same time willing to try conclusions with a side that had already conquered Surrey and Kent, Mr Rowland Hill gladly shifted the responsibility of getting together the home fifteen on to the metropolitan county, who were able to place a very powerful side in the field, including, as it did, English, Welsh, and Scottish Internationals. Foar changes were made from the advertised team, Fagan, Collier, Robinson, and Ciibborn being the absentees, but their substitutes, Johnston, Hedderwick, Cousins, and Lockwood worked well, the Richmond player being especially prominent. Many of the contestants journeyed to Brighton on Sunday evening, October 2186, this being by far the most convenient route for those who bad accepted the invitation of Lord Sheffield fco luncheon at the house prior to the match, which was j not set to commence until three o'clock. The Maoris, however, rose betimes, and travelled by the 7.55 from town. A large party accepted the hospitality of his Lordship, and then a move was made to the pretty cricket ground which was to be the scene of the encounter, the wait being enlivened by the strains of Mr De »in's band of the Ist Sussex Artillery. For the same reasons as have unfortunately kept the park closed during the summer, the company present on the occasion ui*der notice was limited to those receiving invitations, and the most complete steps were taken to prevent the pre sence of intruders. Among the spectators were Mr Justice Grantham, Col. KingSampson, Lord Monk-Bretton, Sir G. Shiffner, Mr Cbatterton, and, as may be expected, a large sprinkling of shining lights in the football world, including Messrs A. Budd (President of the Kugby Union), F. I. Gurrey, S. E. Sleigh, F. Ay. Burnand, C. W. Alcock, W. Newham, H., L. Ashmore, J. A. Murdoch, and H. Furnjss (Lord's), &c, the total number falling short of a couple of hundred. Maclagan set the game in motion on behalf of .Middlesex from, the western goal at seven minutes past three. The New Zealanders quickly showed to the fore, and in the coarse of the first few minutes were very conspicuous by several good rushes, in whwh they used their feet well. IngHs-fhen > headed an effort, which carried the fight well within the visitors' lines, bat the ball was touched down. Roberts put in a, rattling run, but made a bad pass, or a try must have resulted. Directly afterwards, however, Lindsay got possession from a line out, and dribbled the ball over the line, securing the first try for Middlesex about eight or nine minutes after the start. Johnston took the place, but did not improve the point. The visitors continued to act chiefly on the defensive, Cousins being conspicuous in a couple of splendid rushes, while Inglis, Hammond, and Surtees were always well on the ball. After another seven or eight minutes bad elapsed Roberts received the leather from aenaartpassby Gouii, aad running right through the Maori defence, grounded the ball behind the Colonists* goal, Johnstone on this occasion having little difficulty in placing a goal. Anderson on re-starting put in a fine run, but the Maoris replied with a counter effort on the part of Gage and Keogh, though they were palpably outplayed in every department of the game. Gould and Lindsay made a pretty combined effort, Inglis from a line out carrying the ball 3tiil nearer the New Zealand coaL A scrummage followed, after which Maclagan made a plucky attempt to drop a goal, but the only result was a minor point. The next noteworthy feature was a good dribble by Hedderwick, and Hammond followed by a splendid bit of combined passing;, in which almost all the Middlesex backs had a hand. Just before half-time Inglia got possession, and transferred to Anderson, who made a grand ran, and wound np with another try, which Johnston failed to convert, and when the whittle sounded the interval the score stood at a goal and two tries to nil jn favor of the metropolitans. Play for the first few minutes in the second half was earned on in. the vicinity of the centre line. Lindsay, who bad not beea, shining too brilliantly, made a capital drep, but tbe only result was another minor. The Englishmen continued to hold the upper band, and Anderson, after a seruqtnoage, put in a rattling ran which ended in a fourth try, Johnston again failing with toe shot at goat Oα

resuming Keogh made his mark, bnt at too great a distance to prove dangerous. Gould tried once or twice to get away without success, and tben Elliot put in a splendid rash, but was collared when he looked like getting 111 w" Surtees. Madigan twice made dashing but fruitleas runs, but the county would not be denied, and a fourth touchdown had to be resorted to. The home team, however, would not be denied, and, continuing to press, Lindsay, from a distance of about thirty yards, dropped a splendid goal. The only other items were a brilliant run by Madigan, who all but scored, and a further minor registered against the New Zealanders, who were defeated in the end by two goals, three tries, and five minors to nil. The following were the teams, tht Scottish division working especially well:— Middlseac—A. S. Johnston (Blaekhcath) (back). W. B. Maclagan (London Scottish) (captain), A. J. Gould (Richmond), and G. C. Lindsay (London Scottish) (three quarter backs), J. H. Roberta (Richmond) and D. Or. Anderson (London Scottish) (half backs), F. C. Cousius (Richmond), G. L. Jeftery (Blackheath), R. E. lnglis (Blaekheath), J. H. Hedderwick (London Scottish), T. W. Lockwood (Middlesex Wanderers), J. Hammond (Blackheath), •T. G. Patterson (London Scottish), A. A. Surtees (Harlequins), and E. S. Mcfiuen (Old ChelLouians) (forwards). New Zealanders—D. Gage (Poneke), (back), W. Wynyard (North Shore), K. McCausland (Gordon. Auckland) (captain), and C. Madigan (Grafton) (three-quarter backs), J. Kuith (Dunedin), 8 , . Warbrick, Taurauara; and W. Elliott (Grafton, Auckland) (half-backs), T- Ellison (Poneke, Wellington), Art. Warbrick (Malata), W. Karauria Hawke's Bay), G. Williams (Poneke), W. Anderson "(Thames), H. Lee (Kiverton), A. Webster (Hokianga), and R. Taiaroa. (Duucdin) (forwards). Umpires—Messrs J. Warbrick (New Zea land) and J. I. Ward (Middlesex County). Referee—Mr G. Rowland Hill (honu sec Rugby Football Union).

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THE SEVENTH MATCH—v MIDDLESEX., Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7221, 5 December 1888

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