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♦ . The art union pron.oted by the Sydenham Club (Christchurch) to raise funds to build a pavilion has succeeded beyond expectations. The balance-shtct presented at the annual meeting showed the total receipts to have been £763 lis 2d and the expenditure £476 9s Bd, leaving a credit balance of £286 Is 6d. The New South Wales correspondent of t e Christchurch ' Press' states that Mr L. A. Cuff has interviewed Mr Sheridan, on behalf of the Now Zealand Cricket Council, with a view of arranging for Stoddart's team to visit New Zealand. His mission, however, was unsuccessful, and ho seems ucubtful whether New Zealand can ever ■expect to see even future English teamß as long as they are brought out under the present auspices. These teams are run strictly from a business point of view, and untU New Zealand is prepared to pay very heavily for a visit nothing can be hoped for. Mr Sheridan, when pressed, mentioned the sum of £3,000 as a fair recompense to the promoters for, say, five matches in New Zealand. The expenses of the team to the promoters is something like £6O a day for every day they are in Australia. This includes cost °f passage out and Home. Matches played in the country districts can be worked more conveniently and pay better than a New Zealand lour.—

Cuff is also endeavoring to get an invitation for Fisher to visit Sydney and practice in view of being selected for one or more of the test matches. Iredale was present at the interview with Sheridan, and backed Cuff up in this. Sheridan promised to write to Major Wardill, who will probably consult Trott.—There is a prospect of a New South Wales team touring New Zealand next season. Charlton, who was a member of. the seventh Australian team, has the matter in hand, and amongst the names mentioned are Moses, Hopkins, Pye, Wilson, Woods. The team will be decidedly better than any previous New South Wales team that has visited you. Wagga is negotiating for a visit from Stoddart's team, and Wollongong has offered £IOO for a two days' match. The sum of £847 14s 2d was subscribed by the English cricket community for the purpose of purchasing a piece of plate as a present to Lord Hawke, the captain of the Yorkshire Eleven. When returning thanks his lordship said that first-class cricket is not a sineeure nowadays. We [the players] have to work from the Ist of May to the Ist of September, and we get to our homes very rarely. I have been told at mine that it is a hotel from Saturday to Monday. Surrey have been credited with totals of 698, 650 (twice), 635, and 614, and in the last week of July they supplemented this list by scoring 617 against Kent, beating the hop county by an innings and 14S runs. The Kent wicket-keeper made mistakes which cost his side dearly, as Baldwin (234) was let-off when only 5, and again at 80; Jephson (102) might have been stumped at 30, and Hayes (34) twice in rapid succession received a life at his hands. The Kent totals were 217 (Mordaunt 81 not out, Mason 65, A. Hearne 50) and 252 (Martin 57 not out).

Fine batting by Brown (107) and bowling by Wainwright (eight wickets for 102 runs) enabled Yorkshire to beat Somerset by an innings an d 22 runs. In Somerset's first innings Woods scored 111. Sussex had no difficulty in gaining an easy' victory—an innings and 176 runs—over Hampshire on July 24. The four highest contributors to the winners' total of 438 were Ran.iitsinhji(l49), Brann (77), Murdoch (70), and Newham (61). The most interesting and really the most exciting encounter which has taken place at Trent Bridge for many years came to a termination on July 24. So evenly had Notts (311; Shrewsbury 64, Guttridge 73) and Gloucester (304 ; Grace 126) batted in their first innings that the match was left to be settled on the second. Notts scored 206 (Shrewsbury 58) in their second venture, which left Gloucester with 214 to get and three hours and three-quarters for play. At 4.30, however, they had lost six wickets and had scored only 101. Here, however, Townsend and Richardson got together, and with every rainnte of their association the match went away from Notts. As the clock struck six, with thirty minutes to go, there were S3 runs required. Ten minutes later an appeal was answered against Richardson with the total at IS7. Townsend was playing against tie clock, and hit three 4's off successive balls, the winning hit being made With a minute to spare; townsend 67 not out.

After having had all the worst of matters from start to finish Gloucestershire were beaten by Lancashire by ten wickets, thia being precisely the same result aa that arrived at in the first fixture. As matters panned out, winning the toss in the present instanoe meant winning tho match, for Lancashire had muoh tho best of a wicket which proved easy while they were battiug, but which subsequently broke up badly. Gloucester went in a aeoond time requiring 174 runs to avoid being beaten in a* single innings. Thanks principally to a brilliant and dashing innings of 49, in twenty-five minutes, by Jesaop, who, ns usual, hit with tremendous power, this catastrophe was just averted, though Lancashire were only left with 13 to get to give them a victory, a number which they obtained without loss. Towards Lancashire's first total of 312 Maclaren contributed 68 and Ward 87, while in the match Brigg3 secured eleven wickets for IDS runs.

Kent scored 454 (Weigall 13S not out, Mason 92, and Easby 73), and beat the PhUadelphians by an innings. r A truly remarkable finish was seen in the Yorkshire v. Essex match. Duriug the early part of the play fortune favored either side in turn, but for the last hour there was not a pin to choose one way or the other. Finally Essex won one of the best contested matches on record. On the second day Essex batted so well that Yorkshire had to go in on a rather fiery wicket to make 299. They lost four good wickets for 23 runs, and though Moorhouse (26) and Wainwright (33) were together they still required 218. The batsmen named made such a grand stand that before they were parted the fifth wicket had realised no fewer than 115 runs, contributed in sixty-five minutes. Wainwright made 63 and Moorhouse 6S, and the excellent stand placed the team well in the running. Then Milligan and Hirst punished the Essex bowling terribly. Hirst was missed when 6 and Milligan when 44. The two, however, hit with such vigor and resolution .that in forty minutes they increased the score to the extent of So runs. While together a victory for Yorkshire appeared certain. Hirst, however, was run out after making 54. Milligan made his runs at the rate of exactly one per minute by twelve 4's, four 2's, and singles. With two wickets to fall Yorkshire required but 16 to win. Lord Hawke proved equal to the occasion, but Haigh and Bairstow failed, and when the latter was out leg-before Yorkshire had lost a splendid match by a single run.

A. T. Coode (Jesus College) scored 803 runs for eleven innings for the Long Vacation Club. He was not out on eight occasions, and therefore finished up with an average of 267.66 per innings. l'be Philadelpbian cricketers, after a tour in England of about a couple of months brought their programme to a close on July 31. In all fifteen matches were played of which but a couple were won, four left 'unfinished, and the remainder lost. It was in bowling rather than in batting that their weakness lay. In Lester, Patterson, and Wood the combination possessed three really fine bats, and of. these the most consistent was the first-named, who only four times was got rid of in twenty-six efforts for a single figure, never without scoring, aud finished up with an average of 37. It is doubtful if Lyons at his best ever hit with more determination than did Jessop in the Yorkshire - Gloucester match. The wicket was decidedly rough, and the batsmen who preceded him were making runs with the greatest difficulty from the bowling ot Wainwright and Hirst. Jessop punished everything sent him in such a merciless manner that the Yorkshire eaptain was at a loss who to put on or how to place his field. In twenty minutes before lunch 54 were scored, Jessop claiming 43. After the interval he hit out with mora resolution than ever. Milligan and Hirst bowled, and from the second over sent down by the amateur Jessop made a 6, two 4's, and a single. This took, him to the opposite end, where ho punished Hiratfor a 4, a 6, and two 4'a, or 3? puna off' eight consecutive balls. Wain.

wright and Jackson were tried, but Jesaop lashed out at everything. For the third time he sent the ball out of the ground, and 62 were put on in a quarter of an hour. Jessop reached three figures with an off drive for 4 from Jackson, but the very next bail bowled him. His remarkable display only lasted forty minutes, and during half this time he added 58 runs while his partner wa3 making 4. Jessop gave nothing like a chance during bis really extraordinary innings. His 101 was made of four 6's, fifteen 4's, one 3, and fourteen singles. Townsend played a serviceable innings of 109, and this, combined with the effective bowling of Roberts, undoubtedly lajd the foundation of the meritorious win by 140 runs gained by Gloucester. For the 'losers Brown (80 and 49; played a great game. Though Abel was twice dismissed without scoring towards the end of July, he came back to his best form with a vengeance on the 2nd ult. in the Notts-Surrey contest. It is generally a serious matter when batsman of Abel's calibre are let off; and it was so in this case, for after being missed when he bad scored 37 he played in his very best form, and was not got rid of till he had made 215 out of a total of 451. As Notts only made 212 in their first innincs and 297 in their second, Surrey got the 59 required for the loss of one wicket.

Possessed of Buch batsmen as Ford, Stoddart, Webbe, O'Brien, Warner, Hayman, M'Gregor, and Douglas, it seems strange that Middlesex have been unable to score a single win this season—their record being four losses, six draws. Their nearest approach to a win was in the Somerset match, where the last two men for that county kept up their wickets for twenty - five minutes, and thus secured a draw. Lancashire, 399, beat Kent, 199 (Mason 51, Hearne 51) and 181 (Mason 86), by an innings during Canterbury Week. This pronounced victory was due solely to the efforts of two men— Maclaren and Briggs. The first-named went in first, was ninth out, and had withstood the Kentish attack for over five hours, his total being 244. In the match Brigg3 took thirteen wickets for 130 runs. In London ' Cricket,' in an interview with Mr G. Fatterson, of the Philadelphian team, in reply to the question as to what he considered the finest innings ever played by a Philadelphian, he replied:—ln my opinion it was Newall's 88 against the first Australian team in 187S, when Spofforth, Boyle, Garrett, and Allen were the bowlers. "He considers the last Australian team the strongest seen in America since Shrewsbury's visit in IS7O. "We won the match against them chiefly because nearly everything went in our favor. . . ." They were exceedingly decent about their defeat, and we thought them not only a splendid team, but a3 good a lot of sportsmen as one could wish to meet." Essex (475, M'Gahey 140) made Sussex (219) follow on with a heavy balance against them of 256, but on again going to the wickets they performed so well that at the call of time they had scored 380 and had still five wickets in hand. Ranjitsinhji scored 170 (in which ho had twenty-six 4's) in three hours.

It is just as well for Lancashire that MacJaren postponed his visit to Australia—he intended leaving at the beginning of August —for he has never been in better form. Up to the time of the mail leaving his figures were : July 15— v. Sussex ... ... .. p) July 1!) v. Yorkshire .' '" '" IS' July 22—v. Somerset ... . '" 70 July2b'—v. Gloucestershire ... ..] '" «,s JulySti—v. Gloucestershire ... . *S July 29—v. Hampshire ... . "' jg July 29—v. Hampshire ... 'l7 Aug. 2—v. Kent ... ... ..', \\\ 214 Total (for six completed innings)... ... 590 Average, 39.3:t. A Signifies not out. THE SURREY "EXPRESS" BOWLER. What a truly great bowler T. Richardson is! Saturday's cable states that he had finished the season with 273 wickets to his credit. This brings his aggregate for the last three seasons up to 809 wickets—certainlv a wonderful performance. It was not at "first realised that Surrey in 1892 had discovered the most deadly fast bowler since Freeman. .No great opportunity was afforded Richardson in the chief county matches, but against the counties then treated as below first class rank he proved extremely destructive, and his record for the whole season (1592) came out at 101 for just over 13i runs each. The season of 1893 took him atonce to the top of the tree, and he has from that time to the present moment, been the first of English bowlers. In 1593 a badly-damaged finger kept him out of several matches in the very height of the season. In 1894 a strain kept him out of the eleven for three weeks. His greatest season has been that of 1595, when in first class matches he took the almost "Dpreoiden'-d nun.bsr of 290' wickets for leis th*.n 141 runs eaoh. Out in Australia with Stoddart's team so diffioult did Richardson find it to accommodate himself to the true, fast grounds that the first three wicketa he t«ok in the colonies coat him S7 runs eaoh. He peraovered with the utmost pluck, however, and had the satisfaction, through a splendid piece of work, of rendering possible the victory in the final test match, which, as everybody knows, was gained in the end by the wonderful batting of Brown and Ward. In 1896 Richardson did not equal his record of 1895, but on the dry wickets of May, June, and July he was as much as ever the best bowler in the country. His greatest feats that summer were certainly performed in the England v. Australian matches at Lords, and In the first he took eleven wickets for 173 runs ; at Old Trafford he bowled for three hours without sending down one really loose ball, and, considering that the ground scarcely offered him any assistance, it is safe to say that he has never accomplished a finer performance. It took the Australians an hour to get the last 25 runs. In the whole match he bowled 110 overs and 3 balls, and took thirteen whketa at a cost of 244 runs. It is generally agreed that no bowler with the same tremendous speed has ever possessed such a break from the off. His figures for the last five seasons are :

Overs. Mdns. Runs. Witts. Aver 1893 ... 993.4 288 2.6S0 174 15.70 1894 ... 930.3 293 2.024 196 10.64 1895 1 ... 1,090.1 463 4,170 290 14.110 1895*/ ... 618.2 152 1,678 77 21.61 1896 ... 1,656.2 1897 ... - 526 4,015 246 273 16.79 14j * With Stoddart's team in Australia stoddart's team. The averages of Stoddart's team up to August 2 were :— BATTING AVERAGES. No. Not Total Most in Av'rIns. 2—Ranjitsinhji 32 Out. Runs. 3 1,599 Ins. 260 age. 55.13 10—Wainwright 34 3 1,254 in 40;45 11—Hayward ... 30 1 1,155 130 39.82 14—Mason 25 27—Hirst ... 35 0 960 5 1,030 183 134 38.40 34.33 42—Storer ... 33 48-Stoddart ... 20 2 884 0 5U 100* 91 28.51 27.05 fi5—Board ... 25 104—Brings ... 27 1 582 2 447 126 74 24^25 17.88 122—Hearne ... 31 13 276 36 15.33 * Signifies not out. Neither Druce nor Maclaren had had fourteen innings. BOWLIJK i AVERAGES. Overs. Mdns. Runs Witts. . Aver. 4—Kichardson 1,097 320 2,773 175 15.81 9-Ucaine ... 1.148.; ! 439 2,275 127 17.91 I0-Uriggs ... 853.4 272 1J8S 96 18.62 15—Hayward ... K75.4 200 1,645 85 19.35 25—Hirst ... 862.1 310 1,801 82 21.96 31—Wainwright 7.%\3 . 264 ljfiR 23.57 37—Mason ... 364 122 829 33 25.12 The figures preceding the names arc the nnsi. tions the men occupy in the complete i a vera ges.

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CRICKET NOTES., Issue 10425, 21 September 1897

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