A match "between J. HT Sadler, of Putney, and R. Bagnall, of Newcastle, for £200 a side and the Sculling Championship of England, was to take place on- the 2Cth May. The course was to be from Putney "to Mortlake. ■ • ■ - J. Roberts, sen. , the exibilliard champion, has been beaten in an even game of 1000 up, by L. Kilkenny,' the champion of : Yorkshire. At the finish, the g-vme stood :— Kilkenny, 1000 ; Roberts, 790. During the' game, Kilkenny scored breaks of 125 (20 spots), 105 (33 spots), 79, and several others of from 40 to 50. Roberta's highest breaks being 60, 49,^42, and several of about 30. The popularity of football (the Graphic remarkb) has increased of late at a greater ratio than perhaps' than that' of any other, sport and pastime. Only a f o"w years ago J it was almost wholly confined- to the public schools. Clubs are now flourishing in every- part of the country, and the "Matches to come," as given in- sporting papers, in the neighbourhood of the metropolis alone, seem likely- to ' take up as large a space as the announcement of ■cricket matches in the summer. ' At a meeting of the Liverpool Bicycle Cltib, held at the King's, Arms Hotel, Kensington, in the beginning of March, it w-as decided that there' should be a race from London to John o'Groat's House, at the extreme end of Scotland, a distance of about 670 miles. This trip has been in contemplation for some time, and at the meeting a sufficient number of members ■entered their' names as competitors to make it worth while to complete the arrangements ior the proposed journey, by far 'the longest on record. It was intended, to *tart ' on' Easter Monday from Sparrow's well-known Bicycle Works' at Knights ; 'ridge. A<tt aboriginal native at Clermont, Queensland, has thrown a cricket ball -over 140 yards. The Peak Downs Telegram'says :— " A gentleman who saw this remarkable throw measured has obtained the following particulars abnut the black boy. He is a native of Brisbane, sft. llin. in height, 34in. round the chest, and about twenty-four years of age.' The throw was witnessed and measured by several gentlemen still in town. The measured distance was 142£ yds ., and 2|yds. were allowed deviation in measuring.' Every' 1 one who'sa.7 the throw allowed it surpassed anything they had ever' deemed j possible. This hero is known as Billy the Blackboy." - ' j The Border Watch (South Australian paper) reports the case of Humphries v. Bird, which was heard at the local Court. It brought to light a nice little 1 swindle on the part of some one interested in the great runner— the culprit the public will have little difficulty in identifying. One of the items in the plaintiff s bill was for a tape line damaged. It appeared this line measured 22 yards, ' and was lent to defendant. It was used in measuring several of the courses about Adelaide on which the champion ran, but when returned to Mr Humphries it was found to be Bhort, and that 3ft. between the 15th and 18th feet had been cut out, and afterwards sewn in again. This little bit of roguery would have the effect of shortening the great eleven mile race by threefourths of a mile, and making the public believe that Bird had run eleven, miles when he had only completed 10 2-sfchs. Five counties wiJ. compete during the coming cricket season for the County Challenge Cup, which has been offered by the 'Marylebone Cricket Club. The drawing for the order of play has already taken place, with the following result : — Middlesex will play Nottingham ; Sussex will play Kent ; and Gloucestershire stands out. The Committee of the Surrey County Club have intimated that Surrey will not compete for the Cup, because they "think, first, that the fact of offering a prize to counties may tend to create a desire amongst cricketers for some in-ducement-'beyond the honour of victory, which has proved amply sufficient for the present generation. Further, that .county cricket never having been more ardently supported than at the present time, they are afraid that the new arrangement organised by the Marylebone Club may be made a precedent for cup matches in other places, and so disarrange the present system of county' cricket in London and in the Provinces."' • TheTwoThousandGuineas, which were run for oh April ,30th, were won by Mr W. S. Crawfurii's brown colt .Gang Forward, by Stbckwell out of Lady Mary. Gang Forward is described a3 a remarkably handsome, powerful colt, and his i two year old performances fully justified the support which has been accorded him for the Two Thousand and the Derby. Gang Forward made his debut as a two year old 'in the Municipal Stakes at Doncaster September Meeting. On that occasion, ho wever7'"through twisting his plates during.theraee, Gang' Forward went down before Fontarabian, though 5 to 1 was laid on ,Mr Crawfurd's colt. At the Newmarket First October Meeting,
however, Gang Forward improved on his Doncaster doings, and won theJßoscaweri Stakes by a head from Surinam, at level weights, and the Triennial Produce Stakes, beating Paladin by a neck. At the Houghton Meeting, in the Glasgow Stakes, Gang Forward, Andred, and 1 Surinam met at even weights, and Gang ( Forward won' a fine raie by half a length. He afterwards walked 'over for a 500 soys. sweepstakes, and 1 his two year old career terminated with four wins to one |' defeat, which was of a very flukey nature. Mr Crawfurd, the owner of Gang Forward, is one of the mo3t' influential and sterling supporters of racing, in England. 'Previous ~to Gang , Forward's Two Thousand "victory/Mr Crawfurd had never been| credited ' with that race', , " the Derby, or the Leger, ' although he' nearly' secured the blue riband when Palmerstou ran second to Kingcraft. . ' _
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Otago Witness, Otago Witness, Issue 1122, 31 May 1873
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