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In order to check somewhat the exuberant enthusiasm c-f the numerous correspondents who persist in writing every now and again, wanting to know the averages of so-and-so, the ' Sportsman' is compelled to publish—of first-class players only—a weekly "average " tible. At the beginning of June Barnes, with an average of 44.8, for eleven innings, was at the head of the batting, Grace coming next with 42.3 for six. In bowling Lohmann had taken forty-six wickets for an uverage of 9.12 runs per wicket; Attewell being a close attendant, with forty-two wiokets, at a cost of 11.4 per wicket. One of the most extraordinary matches of tho present English season was played on May 2?i, when Scymonr (Stavely) antagonised a team from Millhouses (Sheffield). The Blades were dismised a solitary run in tho first innings, and their second innings only realised .1 Altogether San brook' took seven and Dudhill eleven wickets. A more even game than the one botween Yorkshire and Cambridge University it would he difficult to imagino, and after the issue had hung lantalißingly in the balance a most exciting finish was witnessed, the Oantabs being jjst beaten by 11 runs. Throughout the match 853 runs were obtained for tho loss of forty wickets, while tho totals were singularly level—viz, 208, 212, 224, and 209. In the first innings of Yorkshire, Hall made 68 and Ulyett 36 « in the second Lee (02) and Peel (50) were the chief contributors. For Cambridge Foley (51), Ford (46-43), Thomas (14—73) all played well. Notwithstanding that Notts only managed to score 134, they succeeded in beating Middlesex (54 and 73) by an innings and 7 runs on May 31. Through a feeble display of batting in their first innings, Gloucester were defeated by seven wickets in the first of this season's county matches against Middlesex. The victors scored 237 (Webbe 83, Hadow 50, Stoddart 28) and 140 for three wickets (Stoddart 78, not out). For the loßers, whose totals wero 79 and 297, Grace scored 11-101 and Radcliffe 11—55.

It being generally understood that James Lilly white had lost money through bringing the cricket and football teams to the colonies, a North v. South match, which the latter won by eight wioket, was arranged for his benefit. As the principal oounties were all engaged, the Bides were only moderately strong. Scores : South, 250 (Quaife 107, M. Read 70) and 98 for two wickets (Abel 50, not out); North, 159 and 187 (Gunn 63). Gloucester were decisively beaten by Surrey by 250 runs on June 8, though it must be admitted last year's champion county had all the best of the luck. When Surrey had scored 338 (for seven wickets) in their second innings the captain availed himself of the new rule,_ and declared the innings at an end, this being the first time it has been brought into operation in an important match. Scores : Surrey, 210 (Key 49) and 338 for seven wickets (M. Read 78, Henderson 63, not out) ; Gloucester, 206 and 92 (Grace 94-34). On May 21, H. Baldwin, when playing at the County Ground, Southampton, in a local match, hit a ball very hard which struck the bat of the opposite batsman at the other end, and, rebounding off it, was caught by the bowler.

The distance travelled by the English team that visited South Africa during last winter was 13,003 miles by steamer, 754 by coach or cart, and 2,218 by rail, giving a total of 15,975 miles. Of the 146 days over which the trip extended 41 were spent on board ship, 4 by practice before the first match, 25 in travelling, 57 in playing, 14 were Sundays, and 5 were devoted to sight-seeing, etc.

The most lucrative fixtures in the last balaDce-sheet of the Surrey County Club were :—Surrey v. Australians (three), profit LI ,013; England v. Australians, L 641 ; Players v. Australians, LlB6 j Surrey v. Notts, L 435 ; base-ballers, LO2; v. Lancashire, L 10 9; Gentlemen v. Players, L 63; v. Middlesex. L 37 ; v. Sussex, L 23; and v. Oxford University, Ll7. Taken as a whole, however, the match receipts were, as might be supposed in such a wet season, not sufficient to pay expenses. Yorkshire v. Derbyshire.—The only interesting cricket in this match was the bowling of Spofforth for Derbyshire, and the batting of Lee (53) in the second venture of Yorkshire, who finally won by 54 runs. At the end of the first day's play Yorkshire had lost one wicket in their second innings for 82. On resuming play next day the remaining batsmen were all dismissed in forty minutes for an additional 10 runs, and though all were got off the "demon," hiß performance was one of which he may well feel proud. Spofforth's complete bowling analysis reads: — KIBST INNINfiH. Overs. Mdns. Runr. Wlits. 33 11 45 7 SECOND INNINGS. 29 8 :«> 8

It is said that the three rings which Queen Victoria prizes the most highly are : First o£ all, he* wedding ring, which she has never taken off; then a small enamel ring, with' a tiny diamond in the centre," which the Prince Consort gave her at the age of sixteen; and an emerald Berpent, which he gave her as as engagement ring,

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CRICKET NOTES., Issue 7977, 5 August 1889

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CRICKET NOTES. Issue 7977, 5 August 1889

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