The New South Wales Cricket Association (cays the " Bulletin ") has got to work on remodelling its constitution, and when it is finished the Association will not represent the metropolitan district only, but the whole of New South Wales. The country outside the metropolitan area hae been divided into four districts, each of which will elect sq many delegate© to tli© Association. Provision has also- beon. mado for the representation of the combined Juniors, and the new Association will epsak, or thunder, as the mouthpiece of practically every amateur cricketer in New South Wales. Up to the time this. issue went to press, the Association had not got to the clause© which will deal with the suspended ex-Players, but it had already proceeded to fall ou the clubs which had neglected to eject the suspended renegades from the privileges and benefits of membei-ship. Glebe and Paddiiigton are- the only neglectful bodies. By the way, it is time that the Victorian Association also disqualified these men, and the South Australian should be aske-d to do so also.: Probably South Australia will rof use, arid in that case the only thing left to do is- to practically disqualify South Australia;, by refusal on the part of both New South Wales and Victoria to continue the inter-State matches. This is a case in which the Association^, that stick to tho Board of Control must go tho whole hog. A mere bit of' bacon on a plate is no use at all.
A fine bowling performance by Hirst, who took seven wickets for 33 runs, enabled Yorkshire to gain an eaey victory over Kent, when the latter appeared to have a good chance of beating the champions. Leicestershire collapsed in a sensational manner against Yorkshire. Hirst (seven for 18), and Rhodes (three for 15) dismissing the -whole eide in an hour for 34 runs.
Kinnear played a great innings? of 171 for Warwickshire against Hampshire. Ho was batting for four hours and a haff, and did not make a mistake till he was well past the century.
A remarkable bowling feat was registered by Bailey, the Somerset professional against Warwickshire. In the first innings he took five wickets ,for 59 runs, but this was completely put in the shade in the seoond innings, in which Warwickshire wag dismissed for 44 runs. Bailey's contribution to the rout being 6ix wickets for six runs. Bailey was engaged by the Somerset Club a few years ago, but was not looked on as likely to be of much help to ihe county. Last year, however, he ; was given an engagement again, and I bowled more than once with success. His latest performance, however, overshadows anything previously achieved by a Somerset bowler in first class cricket. Prompted by the performance of A. E. Bailey, who, playing for Somerset took six Warwickshire wickets for six runs, an English writer published the following list of ' remarkable bowling analysis:— Analysis. Year. 6 for 1, S. Cosstick, Victoria v. Tasmania,,.- at Melbourne . • 1869 '9 for 2, ;G. Elliott, Victoria v._Ta^ .. ■■'•-._ <—-- -v toiSiu^""kf = _iiui.cea.fen '"'. '"' .. 1858 7 for 3, F. R. Spofforth, Australians v. an English Eleven, at Bir- . niinghani •.. _'.'*... 7 . 1884 6 for 3, H. P. Boyle,- Australians v. M.C.C. and Ground, at Lord's 1878 6 for 3, A. Perm, Kent v. Surrey, at Tunbridge Wells . . . 1878 6 for 3, R. G. Barlow, Lancashire v. Derbyshire, at Derby . . . 1881 6" for 4, F. R. Spofforth, Australians v. M.C.C. and Ground, at Lord's 1878 6 for 4, J. Briggs, Lancashire v. Derby--7 shire, at Manchester . . 1888 ! 6 for 4, W. Rhodes, Yorkshire v. Notts, at Nottingham . . . . 1901 8 for 5, E. Peate, Yorkshire v. Surrey, at Holbeck . . . . 1883 6, for fi, C. Reid, Victoria 'v. Tasmania, at Melbourne * • - - -^l 6 for 5, A. "Watson, Lancashire v. Warwickshire, at Edgbaston . . 1*390 7 for 6, F. Morley, M.C.C. aad Ground v. Oxford University, at Oxford 1877 6 for 6, J. Grundy, U.E.E. v. Oxford University Fif teen, v at Oxford 1856 6 for 6, H. M. Plowden, Cambridge University v. Players engaged at Cambridge, at Cambridge 1862 6 for 6, A. E. Bailey, Somerset v. Warwickshire, at Taunton . . 1906 Writing in an English paper, John Tunnicliffe, the famous Yorkshire professional of a few years ago, had the following to 'say on the subject of fielding : — When I am asked the question as to whether fielding in county cricket is as goed to-day as it was, say, ten years ago, I must state bluntly and with no beating about the bush that I do not think it is nearly so good. T repeat that the present generation of young cricketers who are aspiring to county fame are neglecting the importance of work in the field, and unless they take it more seriously to heart there will be more " weeping and gnashing of teeth " in pavilions in the future than is heard at the present time. Yes, the wail over lost opportunities will rise longer and louder than ever, and the laments of the bowlers, even, if suppressed, will be none the less real. I can fancy the bowler of the future as a man who ages quickly, and who retires from the game soon with broken heart and bowed head, to spend his, years picturing special tortures for those who miss catches, and a new paradise for such as have hands that fail hot.
" Long Leg," in London "Sporting Life," writes of a well-known cricketer : — As all the cricket world knows by now, a testimonial is on foot for S. M. J. Woods, and it is. hoped to make the movement a national affair, the biggest thing in its way since the W. G. Gracefund. The pity' of the necessity for it need not center here. The fact alone concerns, us, and one ,can only express the wish that the movement may prove the greatest of suooesees. For Woods deserves it. No cricketer has got nearer to the heart of the public than he. His personality has travelled from the wickets to the ropes in a very remarkable and happy way. He has been "Sammy" to the bricklayes on the mound who has never been- nearer than five yards to him in his life as much as to the closest friend in the pavilion. At Lords or Leeds or Layton he has held the affections of man or boy, rich or poor — tho idol of a summer crowd.
He has given keen pleasure to thousands in his time, this greaii hearted man of the magnificent physique, who hit so haa*d and bowled co fast and fielded so keenly, and stimulated every side he played upon. There have been many fine up-hill fighting players since cricket •was invented, but surely none .who -saved the situation co often- as Woods. Time and again he has gone in with the soore-board showing 40 for five wickets or co, with the game seemingly lost, and his big heart and his heavy bat, his keen eye and his audacity, haye turned the tide. He has hit, and hit, too ; to 6uch .unexpected placfes, that the bowlers have lost their heads, and he has stolen runs with such persistency, yet withal such excellent judgment, that the fieldsmen have become demoralised; he ha 6 inspired the tail by the sheer force of his own splendid example, and has made sunshine where before was only the blackest of outlooks. The days are long past when Woods oombinped bowling a tremendous pace with well-considered and welldisguised variety, '. and of recent years his batting has altogether lacked the old consistency. But at all times has he been a great captain and a tireless worker. No side oould go slack when Woods is about. He ie'on the go all the time. 'First you find him fielding silly point, witnin three yards of the troublesome sticker, < then far out in the "deep for the hitting* next in some weird position that cannot be classed— and all in the same over ac likely, as not. He is a general above everything. He does not believe in stereotyped methods. He is always trying something, he, is always looking for the batsmen's weak points. He has won many a match after getting a duck
In an article, "Exciting Finishes," in the "Athletic News," L. 0. S. Poidevin, the Sydney cricketer playing in the Lancashire team, writes : — There can he no 'doubt that exacting finishes take a deal out of the players. The mental strain in a close-fought match is tremendous; pleasant enough to look back upon, hut real torture at the time. Hughie Trumble, cool, calculating old stayer as he was, said after the nervous tension of the final test match at the Oval in 1902 that he could not stand another suoh a finish. Everyone reimeiubers how at luncheon time on the third day England, with five out for 48, seemed absolutely beaten. It was a difficult wicket, . and 215 still were required to win. There came, a of rain, whioh delayed, the start for a time, and, in fact, made the wicket a trifle easier. Saundeirs, who had been so deadly in the morning, seemed .to lose his "sting" in that shower, which figuratively was the first glimmer of sunshine that broke on the hopes of England. It is an old story now how Jackson and Jetsop collared the bowling on that glue-like pitch, and when the smiter's century went on the board the crowd, standing up, waved hats, handkerchiefs, hands, anything. The •crowd looked more like a huge forest of poplar trees' in a 6toirm than the subdued despondent gathering of an hour or so before. With unwonted emotion on theso occasions the brain photographs every feature of the game and every change in. the fortunes of the teams concerned, and this emotion when remembered in tranquillity gives rise to other feelings. Fifteen runs were wanted when Rhodes came in to join the sturdy Hirst. Gradually tdiey came in singles till at length Rhodes made the winning hit, and ten thousand people and more, mad with excitement, rushed across the ground -to the pavilion steps,, where they remained yelling and shouting, themselves hoarse till the rain drove them home. That is the majbch Trumble referred to. But Trumble was connected with many a closely-fought teist match. Rempember the matches at Manchester. That in which Trumble and Kelly playing very doggedly against the bowling of Tom Richardson for an hour or more for a mere handful of runs. Those were hardly earned rune. Others of the Australian sidb oould not stand the strain. They drove away from the ground and anywhere to get away from the excitement. Trumble was the hero, a heix> with a bat. in his hand on that occasion. And again in 1902, when Trumble and Saunders won tho mat«-*_. by getting England out at Old 1 rafMpTO- in the seoond inning)- for threa
less than ' the requisite number. That was one of the finest finishes erer seen.