CRICKET. Bad weather again last Saturday was the cricketers' luck once more, and all must admit that they have had quite enough of the delicate attentions of Jupiter l'luvius for a time at least. Willi the Demonstration Sports last Monday, and the amateur events to follow next week, each of which must have a considerable effect upon the turf, it is to be hoped that after these are finished the " knights of the willow'' will not be disturbed by either weather or other outward hindrances for the next month or so, and thus be able to keep to their programme, the frequent disarrangement of which must have a strongly prejudicial effect upon the public interest in their game. It has been decided, wisely I venture to opine, that the unfinished matches of the Slat ultimo shall he resumed to-day and completed, and those who fell behind in the first innings should have a good chance of placing themselves upon a better footing, for in the present state of the turf and weather there is no denying that those who bowl first should have a considerable advantage. The fixtures for to-day are given above. A Southern exchange states " Word has been received from London saying that after considerable trouble the services of a professional cricketer for the Dunedin Association, named J. C. Lawton, who is considered a fair all-round man, have been secured, lie was to sail from England by the Rimutaka. Joseph Clement Lawton, the professional engaged, hails from Birmingham, where lie was born on May '29, 1801. He stands 5 feet 10 inches high, and weighs about 12 stone. Lillywhite's Annual describes him as ' useful bowler, fast medium, and good bat.' As far as I can learn, he never played for his county, but his two younger brothers have. In 1888 J. C. Lawton was engaged as professional to the Carlisle C.C., and the following season he acted iii a similar capacity to the Chcethain Hill C.C." In a cricket match held at Hastings, Sussex, between two teams of lady cricketers, Miss Violet Westbrook scored 94 not out in her first innings, and 00 in the second attempt.
ATHLETICS. Last Monday the Demonstration Sports were held, and produced some good contests, though the incomplete arrangements for keeping the ground clear sadly interfered with the general enjoyment. Neatly all the competition was confined to the regular professional runners, few outsiders taking part except in races specially designed for trades, etc. in the chief sprint event, the Demonstration Handicap, la 1 ) yards, there were good contests in all the heats, and Boonstra, Cummins, and Purdy, whom I tipped in last Saturday's Hkkat.d as first, second, and third justified my prediction by finishing in that order. Boonstra particularly was in firstclass fettle, and his win in the Maiden Race was also a good performance. McDonnell, the scratch man, had to give too long starts, and did not place himself. The Half Mile was a (rood event, and Howie, another of my tips, secured the first place. Bailey ran well, but could not get close enough. MeDermott had a great show in the race, and seemed to be winning rather easily when he collapsed in the straight in a very soft manner, file time was fast, and is said to have been taken as 2min. 4secs. The one-mile event was a disappointing one. McKean, about whom so much talk has been made, did not run forward at all, and Shaw, whose reputation promised much, did not get 011 terms with his men, and displayed poor judgment, I fancy, ill not coming soon enough. The winner, Smith, who distinguished himself also in the walk, ran in good style, and will likely be heard of again. The mile walk was a fiasco, as a number of the competitors trotted. Daislcy, whose style at first was irreproachable, broke badly as soon as he got puffed," and was disqualified. Brady and Smith had a long struggle, but the former, whose movements were for a time shut out from view by the crowd accompanying him along the track, did not seem to me to conform to all the requirements of proper heel-and-toe style. In the All-coiners' Race the winner was a stranger, Swan, and taking advantage of a good handicap, he carried off his heat and the final in vigorous style. Purdy, who ran in excellent form and with most graceful gait, had hard luck in being again second. The Hurdle race was a pretty one, but 110 real clinkers seemed to be amongst the field, and I fancy our crack amateurs could put down the best of the competitors. The main, almost the sole, topic of conversation in amateur athletic circles are the handicaps just issued by Messrs. Cotter and Speight and Mr. Johnson, for the running and 'cycling events at the Auckland Amateur Athletic Club's meeting next week. To the majority of disinterested observers the scale of allowances is a very equitable one, and 110 one has been "chucked in," unless some of the unknown new men turn out much above the average. By-the-way, I hear that D. F. Lundon, who is nicely placed with 11yds in 120 Yards Handicap. '20yds in Ladies' Bracelet, is a real good dark horse, and that he has a big chance in one or both events. These rumours are, however, too often only talk, and I will not recommend him strongly till more definite information is forthcoming. The usual number of growls have, of course, been made, but this is only what is
! expected, and no one, probably even the i grumblers themselves, attaches much weight to these faultfindings, and I expect that the dropping out at acceptance time, which is this evening, will be but a small proportion. In the 1-20 Yards, the Scratch men have not too big a limit in 12yds, but I fancy Collins is a bit close to the back mark. 1. Whiteside (6yds), C. Weston (Byds), W. Cruickshank (Byds), all seem to be well in, and should, if in good form, run forward. _ Weston and Martin, the two who were in front in the last Bracelet, are well handicapped in 14yds and 9yds and will not have any runaway victory this time. Rhodes 15yds, and Impey 16yds, both read well. Hutchison is, I fancy, set too hard a task in being put level with Laird and Owen over a 250 yds course. The latter, on his champion 200 yds form, should have a great say ill this event, but lack of condition will, I hear, keep him back a bit. _ _ A peculiarity in the long distances is that Winks is called on to give A. S. Clarke and F. Atkinson the same start, 25 yards, in both the mile and half-mile, which is equal to an expression of opinion that both are better over the mile than the half. Taylor 3oyds, J. Bull 40yds, and R. Burns 55yds, all are leniently treated, and should come into the first Sight. . The Q..arter-mile Hurdles is a very hard and " pumping" race to run, but with his great pace and experience over the sticks, I cannot se" that (Kircn is out of it, for those in front of him ire, with perhaps a couple of exceptions, /ather moderate, so far as the " illegitimate game" is concerned. I am pleaned to notice the good field which is entered for the Steeplechase, which if properly managed will certainly become a very popular race. It is of course useless for members to endeavour to start in this after competing in several other events; but, when trained for, the competition produced is a most exciting one. The Mile Walk has a good field, and the scale of allowances seems a very fair one. The limit men, O'Dowd, 90 yds, and Burns, 100 yds, are both pretty .'ir at the game, and will trouble the scratch men a lot. Creamer, 15yds, could not have expected less, and he and Peace at scratch will be close handy when the tape is put across. The Duneoin A.A.C. have received the satisfactory number of 120 entries for their cross-country race to be decided to-day. Mr. Frank Smith, the proprietor of the Sir Joseph Banks' running grounds at Botany, Sydney, has instituted " Colt s" handicaps, the first of which was to have commenced on Monday last. The prize money offered amounted to £100. Mr. Smith has adopted the idea of having free consolation handicaps for all peds beaten in the first round of the handicaps in which they run. Pat Keogh, the well-known footballer, won the Labour Duy Handicap (first prize, £5 and cup) at the Duncdin Demonstration Sports, on Tuesday of last week. The distances were 120 yds and 250 yds, and Keogh had 12yds start in the former event, and 22yds in the latter.
AQUATICS. Though the weather was rough and damp last week, the Yacht Club's opening cruise must be held to be a successful one, and other ventures of a similar nature should become very popular during the holidays. Last Saturday the Ponsonby and West End Rowing Club's held a series of scratch gig races, in which some exciting work was done. The two last crews left in the heats were stroked by Stichbury and Cossar, and these made a close contest of the final ■, Stichbury's four, who comprised Stichbury, Martin, Hartnell, and McConnell, winning. The Regatta Committee have placed on their programme the Champion Whaleboat Race at last year's figures, namely, £'100 first prize, £25 second, and £10 third. This decision was not arrived at without a. good deal of discussion, and not carried until it had been made contingent upon outside crews competing. There are expected, crews from the Thames, Wairoa, and Waitara, but as these rumours have been prevalent year by year, the committee have, I think, been quite too liberal, if not extravagant, in placing so large a sum down, for a competition in which possibly there might be only a crew from the Thames engaged besides the local oarsmen. The chance of losing the N.Z.A.R.A. championship meeting from. Auckland is, I am glad to see, not going _to be so tamely looked upon as was at first anticipated. The three affiliated clubs decided that they could not hold the meeting here, because of the absence of outrigger boats. I understand that efforts are being made to get the required class of craft without delay, and the Rowing Association and Regatta Committee are to consult together to arrange for the other preliminaries. This afternoon some amusing and exciting events should take place at the Freshwater Baths, when the Auckland Swimming Association intends to inaugurate its season. The opening was fixed for last Saturday, at Lake Takapuna, but had to be abandoned on account of the bad weather. Several scratch races have been arranged, and a couple of hours' good sporr., commencing at half-past two p.m., is anticipated. Jason.
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ATHLETIC SPORTS., New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8414, 15 November 1890
ATHLETIC SPORTS. New Zealand Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8414, 15 November 1890
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