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THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN, MONDAY, MAY 2, 1938 Golf PENNINE RETAINS HIS TITLE An Undistinguished Final Against A - V. .:r Banks tPHTTING NEARLY LOSES MATCH From' our "Golf "a t'-i"- V,; - Sjds, Saturday. -. In i winning 'the English amateur golf championship on the course of the lpprtqwp Cfolf Club here to-day, j. J.-. F Pennirik' beat S. E. Banks ; (Hajlamshire) i ,by twa and one, yet he . .came -near, throwing the game away, evwtjather was .Admittedly rough; .bui"'while''tie 'wind, was bitterly cold . it was -helpful at a number of holes, and one found it hard to excuse the poor golf. In the morning Pennink needed 77 . strokes for the round, against Banks's 79, and this afternoon he Was five over fours for the seventeen holes played in the second round. Banks was six over fours. Whatever the quality of the golf may have been, Pennink has virtually made certain of being included in the Walker Cup team. Only T. F. Ellison and Pennink have won the championship in successive years, and though the latter's golf .to-day was scarcely -up to the standard expected from him, it should be remembered that a week of championship play puts a tremendous strain on a finalist. In the morning round Pennink's Duttinc was bad, whereas Banks chipped and putted as a man inspired. For a time it seemed that if Banks was anywhere near a green he could count on getting down in two, and with beautifully judged chip shots of varying lengths he almost eliminated putting. Although he used his putter 28 times during the round only 26 of the shots were on the greens. and at the eleventh he had no putts at all. tor he holed for a birdie three from off the green. Pennink in the round had 37 putts. Pennink started well, for against a cross-wind at the first hole he hit a prodigious brassie shot on to the green and won the hole with a birdie four. Then the rot began to set in. He took three putts at the second hole, four to get down from the edge of the green at the third, three at the short fourth, and three again at the fifth. Yet. having lost the first hole. Banks was not able to square until five holes had been played, whereas with scratch golf he would have been two or three up After Banks had got down with a chip and a putt for-a half in four at the short sixth (this hole of 224 yards again played more like one of 250 yards) he showed Pennink how to reach the ditch from the seventh tee. , Pennink followed him into it, neither had to earn their fives by good chipping and putting. By winning the eighth and ninth Banks conceded iuc 511x11 in. uiicc, cuiu uuui PROFESSIONALS AT SOUTHPORT To-day's Competition Over a Testing Course From our Golf Correspondent Southport, Sunday. - Having had a mere week's rest since the l.OOO Moor Park tournament, the majority of Great Britain's foremost professionals will start here to-morrow tm the first of two qualifying rounds lor the Dunlop-Southport 1,300 golf tournament. Both the Southport and Ainsdnle and Heskelh courses will bo used for the :si-ho)e qualifying test, but for the last 7 the " S. and A." alone will be used, the tournament thus returning to its rightfui home. Perhaps because the Southport and Ainsdale links has housed two Ryder Cup matches it seems in some way to be the natural course on which to play any Southport tournament, though lovers ot Birkdale will perhaps not agree. Stretched out to its full championship length of 6.833 yards it provides an extremely fine test of golf for any professional, especially if the wind blows- from the sea, and, while its scratch score of 75 may be several shots higher than its strict par. there is no better course for an important professional tournament. It can conveniently accommodate the crowds of spectators, and its condition is usually above reproach. If the holes from the'eleventh to the fourteenth could be lengthened the links would compare favourably with any in the country. Last season, when the tournament was played on the considerably easier Hcs-keth course, the first prize was won bv R. Burton, of Sale (he was then attached to the Hooton Golf Club), with a score of 280. That, curiously enough, was one shot mure than the total with which A. H. Padgham won at "S and A" in 1934. Padghnm also won the tournament when it was last plaved at " S. and A. " in 1936, his total then being 282. Although the scoring will depend a good deal' on the weather, it seems unlikely that any records will be lowered this week. That of the South-port and Ainsdale course stands at 6b, which is low enough in all conscience. Speedway BELLE VUE WIN Defeat by New Cross Avenged Belle Vue, beaten in their first league match of the season by New Cross by 55 points to 28. just managed to win the return match before a big crowd -at Belle Vue on Saturday. The score was 41 10. - The racing was fast and exciting from the first heat,- in which J. Milne, the world champion, beat E. Langton, to the last.. The -points were shared equally in the first six races, but in .the seventh . and eighth Belle Vue gained four points. . Milne recovered two of these, but -in the next Newton, of New. Cross, fell and Belle Vue were once-more four points ahead.. Kitchen and Milne collided in the twelfth' race and O. Langton broke' his. chain, with the result that Restall was-able to tour round -for three points - for 'New.' Cross. By sharing the points 'in the next race Belle Vue started the Correspondent Pennink a three at the ninth the champion turned two up. He lost the tenth in six and the eleventh to a birdie three, and he became one down by missing a two-foot putt at the short twelfth. Pennink managed to square at the fifteenth, where Banks was out to the right with his approach, and he won the sixteenth by holing a three-yarder for a four. It was the only putt of any length that he had holed all morning, and it made him one up. Two halves in four at the seventeenth and eighteenth brought the pair in with Pennink leading by a hole and, no doubt, wondering whether he would ever again repeat his putting exhibition of the morning. This afternoon, after two halved holes, Pennink once again took three putts and lost the tnird in o to a ior all sauare. He was short in two at the' fifth, but Banks took three putts At the seventh Banks made a bad mistake. The wind was blowing behind him, and in his anxiety to avoid the ditch, which runs across the fairway probably 160 yards from the tee. he drove with an iron. He could have sliced a wooden club tee shot or hooked one against the wind and have carried the ditch by yards. Instead, with the iron, he found the hazard he was trying to avoid, and had to watch Pennink lashing a full tee shot almost into the heather on the far side of the dog-legged fairway. Pennink won the hole, for Banks, as he and Pennink had done in the morning, had to pick from the4 ditch under penalty. Pushing his tee shot into a bunker. Banks also lost the short eighth, and Pennink again turned two up. Taking four to reach the green at the 580-yard tenth, Pennink, however, lost the next hole, and he became merely al! square when Banks sank a six-yarder for a two at the short twelfth. At this stage it seemed that the match might drag on monotonously to' the thirty-sixth hole and possibly beyond. Banks, however, hooked out of bounds from the tee' at the thirteenth and put bis fourth in a bunker. Pennink, who came almost within a hair's-breadth of going out of bounds himself, won the hole in 6 to 7. Nearing home. Banks topped his tee shot at the fifteenth and, two down with three to play, his position was unenviable. Neither player cracked at the last two holes, which were I halved in good fours, and Pennink may oe saiu to nave won ine cnam pionship largely because he played fewer bad shots through the -green than did Banks. while that of the Hesketh links is 64. Even first-class professionals will have virtually to take leave of their senses if those scores are to - be bettered. The first two tournaments of the year have been won by A. Perry and C. A. Whitcombe. Automatically one may predict that they will be near the leaders on Friday. The competitors will have nothing to fear this year from T. H. Cotton, for he will be on other business in Scotland and will not be competing : neither will E. E. Whitcombe, the youngest member of the famous golfing family, who tied for second place at Moor Park. Otherwise the field will include at least twenty players who are all capable of winning. If Burton can remember how to-finish he may win again. At Gosforth and at Moor Park he faded out in the last round, and he is far too good a golfer to waste his time in that manner. It may be confidently predicted, however, that once more the tournament will provide thousands of spectators with the perfect object-lesson in golf. COTTON'S REASON FOR NOT PLAYING Mr, T. E. Wolstenholme. secretary of the Dunlop-Southport professional golf tournament, which begins to-day, has received a letter from T. H. Cotton, sent from Leeds, io which he says he is sorry he will not be playing in South-port this week because he has to report the Walker Cup trials for a newspaper on the fifth and sixth. " This is the only reason I am scratching despite what you have read." said Cotton in his letter. It has been said that Cotton scratched from the competition because he disagreed with the qualifying rounds system. The qualifying rounds start to-dav at the Hesketh and Southport and Ainsdale courses. Owing to the drought, practice was not permitted yesterday on the Hesketh links and notices Were posted in the hotels notifying the competitors about this. last with a point lead. Mitchell, New-Cross, was soon well ahead, but Harrison got second place and O. Langton won the match by winning third place with a yard to soare. F. Vatey once more scored full points for Belle Vue-r-he has not vet lost a race in a match at Belle Vue this season. His race against Milne was the most exciting of the night. Varev was fast away, but was hard pressed when Milne w1,-11 " ience- He recovered brilliantly and the riders crossed the line so close together that only the judge could decide who had won. Varey also beat Greatrex and Newton (twice). E. Langton scored nine points and Harrison and Kitchen seven each. For New Cross Greatrex" was top scorer with nine points and Milne and Johnson scored eight each. There was one spectacular crash. In a duel with Kitchen Newton hit the fence ana crashed. J. Hargreaves (Belle Vue) could not avoid the fallen machine and - was cataDulted thmnoh -the;--air. He was carried off.' -but was later reported to be " all right." He did not bowever. ride again. - The ' ial of a scratch race, in which Varey i-U. was - won by Kitchen,' with E Langton second. ... LANCASHIRE ROUT CHESHIRE Colts' County Match From a Special Correspondent Lancashire and Cheshire Golf Unions opened their county programme on Saturday, when they held their annual colts' match on the course of the Davy- hulme Park Club. The fixture, though not actually a trial for the senior games to come, often serves as a guide to the selectors for the choice of junior players in the matches which Lancashire arrange with Cumberland and Westmorland and Northumberland and for Cheshire's meeting with Cumberland and Westmorland. Cheshire, however, could not feel satisfied about the performance of their young men on Saturday, for the team was beaten handsomely by 14 points to 4. The match was virtually lost by Cheshire after the foursomes in the morning ; Lancashire won the series by five to one, and made certain of victory by winning four and halving one of the first five singles in the afternoon. Davyhulme Park has remained untouched by the general anxiety caused by the period of drought ; water laid on to each green from the central source of a small lake has maintained a putting surface and a condition of turf which must be the envy of many clubs whose courses are now suffering from the dry spell. Lancashire had three players, E. Walton (Bury), N. A. Harley (Fulwood Park), and G. K. Nichols (St. Annes Old), who have played for their county before. Each won his singles match ; Harley in defeating J. A. G. Howarth, a three-handicap member of the Sale club, had a spectacular round with a score of two under fours for the 16 holes of the match. Howarth could feel that the golf he played did not deserve the severe treatment it got, for he had par figures up to the eighth and yet was then three down. Harley, apart irom the thirteenth, where he cut his tee shot out of bounds into the wood, reached all the par four holes in two shots, and at the two longest holes on the course, the eiehth f464 yards and the ninth (478 yards) he was just ott tne eoge 01 the ereen with his second. T. Hiley, a 17-year-old Southport and Ainsdale player, who has obviously benefited from continuous winter com-Detition in Alliance meetings, and R. Caville (Stockport) met in one of the two matches which finished all square. Both were aDDarentlv feeline the strain of strenuous rounds in the English cham- pionsnip at Mo or town, and the fact that Caville was unable to win his match in spite of having been three ud with five to go may be attributed to an exhausting golfing week. Walton had a most successful day. He and Hiley formed an ertective alliance m the foursomes when they defeated Caville and J. N, Higson, members of the same club, on the last green, and in the afternoon he defeated S. Mettam (Sale), who has been invited to play for Cheshire against Lancashire at Koyal Lytham and St Annes on Saturday, at the fifteenth hole Walton won his match on the greens ; he was four up at the eleventh and resisted a temporary revival by Mettam irom tne tweittn. Only two Cheshire men won their singles, and of these H. Burton (Northenden) defeated T. Manning, jun. (Blackpool), on the seventeenth green after being two down at the turn, mainly through his own indifferent golf. He was in much happier vein coming home, and was only one over fours for the last eight holes. - Playing for the Lancashire' Colts for the first time, T. A. Brindle (Reddish Vale) - squared his match with A. Allan (Prenton) after having won his foursomes game in the morning (with ingham as his partner) oy nve ana tour altogether a satisfac tory introduction to countv golf. It was Allan who had the uphill fight in the singles, and he was saved by holing chio snots at tne rourteenth and fifteenth, thus robbing Brindle of a two-hole lead, Results : SINGLES Lancashire Cells E. Walton. Bury IS Cheshire Celts and 2) 1 T. Hiley. Southport and Ainsdale 1, S. A. Harley. Fulwood Park 15 and 41 ... 1 D. M. Robinson, West Derby (3 and 2) ... 1 O. K. Nichols. St. Annes Old (4 and 2) 1 S. Mettam. Sale R. Ctavllle. Stockport... 12 J. A. O. Howarth, Sale 0 J. N. Hlrson. Stockport O R. Clarke. Warrington O R. J. Thompson. Child- urall 0 O. Ingham. Manchester (5 and 3) 1 G. H. Duxbury. Bury 1 up l T. A. Brindle. HeddUh Vale 12 K. T. Cordon. West Lancashire (4 and 3i 1 W. B. Blslce. Djiryhiilme Part 1 2 and It ... 1 T. Manning. jun.. Blackpool O H. A. Greenhox. Rins-way (5 and 4) H. Forshaw. Royal Liverpool D. Crosaland, Rlnreay A. Allan. Prenton 12 W. A Mulr. Prestbury O J. Malins. Prestbury ... H. Burton. Northenden (2 and II Total 9 Total 3 FOORSOKES Thompson and Robin son id and 4 1 1 Mettam and Howarth.. 0 riiiey Hna waiton (l up) 1 Carllle and Hirson ... 0 Greenhow and Cross-land (3 and 2j ... Gordon and Harley ... 0 Ingham and Brindle (5 and 4) 1 Manninz and Nichols ( 2 and 11 1 Blake and Duxbury 14 and 21 1 Total a Allan and Clarke 0 Malins and Mulr 0 Forshaw and Burton ... 0 Total 1 Art rebate BOLTON DEFEAT EAST LANCASHIRE The players in the annual match between the Bolton and District and East Lancashire associations had the pleasant experience of playing over a course which bad stood up remarkably well to the dry spell when at Chorley on Saturday Bolton made a remarkable recovery in the singles and won by lit matches to 6 J. A strong north-east wind was blowing, but so truly was the ball running that in the foursomes, m the morning, the East Lancashire team. many of whom were playing on the course -for the first time, were- able- bv deadly chipping and nutting to win four matches to two. Bolton, however, won nine of the twelve singles, lost two. and halved the other. The chief feature was the victory of J. S. Wood, a two-handicap member of the Turton club. who. playing for Bolton and District for the first time, defeated H. C. Bannister (Wilp- smre oy five ana lour. Results : East Lancashire Assn. K. Horton (Pleasing-ton 0 R. Hadven (Pleasics:-1on O f1lta A im. C. D. Greenhalsh tTurtonV 5 and 2 ... 1 A. McAUster f Breiaht-meti. 4 and 3 1 T. Graham' (Rtshton), 1 up -- J Kenros tWUpshlrer, 1 A. S. Woods (Bolton) .. o 3 and 2 1 H. Procter (Xelsoni ... 12 Q. Marwood I Pleostns- ton 1 W. West (Nelson) 0 E. c. Jones (Pleasiai-tonl O T. TurntmU (Wlipshire) 0 J. Bafterfreld iBnrrilry) 0 H. C. Bannister (Wilp- Ehlrtl ... - O H Haydock tPIeasia- ton) 0 J. Gerrard (Boltoni ... O C. H. Barber (Bolton).. 12 J. ff. Grieraoa rBorMzn), 4 and 3 1 R. Eolpperbottora iDunscarl. 5 and 3... 1 S. H Fletcher (Chorley). 3 and 1 K. Bamber (Chorley), 4 and 5 1 J. Go mall iDease), 3 and. -2 1 J. &. Wood (Tcrtoa). 5 and 4 1 W. A ZSlaey (Breltlit- met). 2 and 1 1 Total 212 Total .J312 FOURSOMES Horton and Kenyan. S and 4 .. : 1 Grerahahrh and Oerrard O Badsren and Graham. 2 and 1 1 Wood and Fletcher ... O Barber and Grieraoa, 1 cp - 1 McAUster and EHey. i 1 up 1 SbzpperbottalB and W. .SC.- Wright (Bolton) o Proctor and ButtcrSeld O ' West and Marsrood ... O Jones, and Baydocfc. 4 and 5 - 1 TurabuH antf Bannister. 2 and 1 -. - X OcrnaH and Wood Total Total A36TKSte lllj Lawn Tennis - KHO SIN KIE WINS Austin Loses Hard-Court Title By E. J. Sampson BorjRNEMOTJTH, SATURDAY. . Kho Sin Kie, of China, won the British hard-court championship here to-day, beating H. W. Austin, the holder, decisively. There was no rain and some sun, but much wind and clouds of dust, which in the earlier part of the afternoon would at times cause Austin or Kho to pause until the worst was over. Kho won by three sets to one, but what a strange edition of Austin it was ! Gone was the clever opportunist who had defeated Petra. Where were those length drives which found the line, where those artful volleys, and, above all, where was the. wonted certainty ? Whatever the answers may be, after making all allowance for the excellences of Kho, the fact remained that Austin made a wretched showing and, fitly enough, finished with a double fault. The gallery sat mum ; they could not understand it and hoped for better things, but were doomed to disappointment. Kho played some fine strokes. One admired his backhand, whether at an acute angle across the body of the volleyer, which often beat Austin a dose of his own medicine,' or down the line. He also gave a convincing display of the drop shot, whether off the ground or on the volley. His ground drop has that necessary back cut which makes it bounce nearer the net. In the first set the Chinese had a lead of 5 2. Austin caught up to 5 4, but then lost a love game and the set on his service, the last point bemg a dainty drop by Kho. The game repeated itself again. Kho led 5 2 again. Austin got up to 5 4. Again it was his service, and again he was love 40. with the winning stroke an acute-angled backhand drop which faded away into the net a masterpiece. The third set showed Austin. -in better light, but Kho was much at fault ; the drops would not drop properly and he lost the set on his own service to love, two consecutive drops going astray. In the fourth set Kho led 5 2. Austin got one more game, and then all was over at the second match point. Kho had poor length and poor play against him and made a liberal meal off both. His forehand, save in the set he lost, was hit hard and early; his backhand was very safe and controlled. He volleyed rarely, but smashed decisively. Kho Sin Kie has in a marked degree the gift of never appearing to be hurried. The women's singles championship stays with the home country, for Miss Scriven brought off a fine victory against Miss N. Wynne. The loser showed the raking service, the faster forehand, the more brilliant backhand, the fierce smash, the dainty drop, but she did not show steadiness, and her pearls, lacking the string of consistency, were scattered to no purpose. Miss Wynne played in a white hat. Miss Scriven in a visor. At once Miss Wynne showed inaccuracy ; her forehand was unreliable, and soon Miss Scriven led 4 2. Then Miss Wynne found certainty, her drives won outright points, she made some beautiful volleys and recoveries, and it was four all. Miss Scriven had steadily played her game, keeping the ball in play, giving very little away and placing well, and all from the back of the court. She led 5 4 and had three set points well saved by Miss Wynne, who rose to the occasion. Miss Scriven had another set point, and this time won it. as her opponent netted a second service. In the second set Miss Scriven led 5 2, for she was so indefatigable in keeping the rallies alive that Miss Wynne was forced into error. Then ,it was Miss Scriven to serve on the good side with the wind behind her and she opened with a double fault, but Miss Wynne was as inaccurate as ever, failed over a drop shot, overhit a forehand and it was match point, and the end came with Miss Wynne tamely netting a short backhand. A fine victory indeed for Miss Scriven. who has the right temperament and maintains her game at a level seldom varied. She played oblivious of the unpleasant conditions or the fact that it was the final for a resounding title, and is to be congratulated. Miss Wynne has obviously a temperament which she has to watch as well as her forehand. The women's doubles was retained by the holders. Miss Ingram and Miss Dearman, who defeated Miss Stammers and Miss James by the odd set a close call.' for the losers had two set points in the first set and won the second. Miss Ingram again showed wnat an eye for the volley she has. The men's doubles event went to Rogers and Kho Sin Kie. They beat Wilde and Butler after the latter had a two-set lead, but the better pair won, for. if Rogers did not make such polished volleys as his partner, still his fine return of service was invaluable. The winners are undoubtedly a pair ; they won nine events on the Riviera and now Melbury. Brighton, and the hard court championship. a 'Vf'T"- K- Kho (China) beat H. W. AllSItn. e-4. 6-4. o-o. 6-3 W'atorle. Mias M. C. Scrtren beat Mizs N. Wynne (Australia). 7-5, 6-2 r, "'5j?!'tSK- Kho "1I G- u Romrra beat p. W. Butler and F. H. D. Wilde. 3-6. 3-6. 6-3. 6-3. 6-4. J"aau Bs-etNe. Miss E. M. Dearman and aCIaa SnSert 8 Si r' and Miss K. Z. Jf-T. ! Wynne MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY DEFEATED Crewe beat Manchester University, at FalIowfield on Saturday by six events to three, fourteen sets to eight. 114 games to 104. Details : . E- mnrhrlnTe and K. A. Bond (Creve) beat A- H. Atkinson and C. A- Brhju. 7-5. 6-1; beat P C Baroett and V. H. Parkinson. 6-3, 6-4: beat K- c" Irene and P. B. Conroy. 6-2. 3-6. 6-4. A. P. Hunter and T. Sims Hllditcb (Crevrer beat Atkinson and Briars. 6-2, 6-3: beat Barnett and Plarfaneon. 6-4. 9-7: beat Imris and Conroy. 3-6. W. Racand J. A. Bee (Crewe) lost to Atkinson anil Brtaxa. S-. 6-4. 7-9; lost to Bamett and Parkinson. 1-6, 6-4. 2-6: lost to Isnrie and Ctanroy. 3-6. 1-6. Chess Match at Lancaster. On Saturday a match ol twenty boards was played at Lancaster between chess ieams representing Lancashire and Cumberland. The result , was a decisive win for Lancashire by 16J .games to Z. INTER-COUNTY MATCH Staffordshire Defeated Cheshire beat Staffordshire in a lawn tennis match at Hale on Saturday by seven events to two, fifteen sets to nine, and 150 games to 128. In spite of the unsteady wind which blew across the courts there was plenty of sound lawn 4. tv, fhoshire nairs were usually able to pull out the wmnmg shot when it was needed, but six of the events ran to three sets and one of the others went to 22 games in each ol two sets before Cheshire won. . From the Cheshire standpoint it was good to see the old-time partnership, ot A. M. Wedd and X. P. Antrobus working well together again, tne lormer, he found his length, scoring repeatedly and driving overhead, while Antrobus , n.T ifc hnrmiest days With t,; Joiiotirful work at the net. There t . in Vit North who are die xcw . . more capable ol wmnmg points witn deft interceptions and astute placing than Antrobus. . Another satisfactory feature was the indication that R. V. Fontes has recovered some of the form which makes him such a formidable opponent .rhan ttio ,rnrlitinn: suit him and his opponent gives him the chance to bring his hard-hit cross-court shot into play. There were occasions last summer when Fontes seemed overanxious to mate every shot a winner, but at Hale ne was more inclined to temper enthusiasm with discretion, and witn n.. i. wiuiumo conroH .oii nnrl unset their oooonents ...(It, enma -iuriifimi e lAKhinc 5(1 that thlS . J - .. . . . .. . n rl second couple aid an mat was x-y. gallant fight, for the only Staffordshire tkum -hev insr nnp RveiiL oxici " pair to Dear tnem, jj. a. x. ouik ouu J. B. Payne, were pulled back from match points four times before they won one of the hardest-fought battles of the afternoon. They had also made a splendid recovery in their second match against C. C. Bullock, who were leading at 5 i and 40 0 in the final set when Fontes, going all out for his shots, brought off three winners to level the score and to pave the way to the set and the match. Results (Cheshire names first): A. M. Wedd and L. P. Antrobus beat D. A. T. Jones and J. B. Payne 6 2. 3 6, 6 0; beat J. B. Hickman and P. J. Oumbell 7 9. 6 3. 1: beat A. J. Lewis and C. C. Bullock 6 3. 3 6. a 6. R. V. Pontes and E. G. Williams beat Hickman and Durobell 12 10. 12 10; beat Iewis and Bullock 3 6. 6 3. 7 5; loK to Jones and Payne 5 7, 6 5. 10 12. J. H. Booth and R. Faulkner beat Lewis and Bullock 6 4, 4 6. 6 4; beat Jones and Payne g 4. 6 4; lost to Hickman and Dumbell 5 7. Women's Hockey LEAGUE RIVALS Cheadle Heath Overcome Balshaws A Cheadle Heath 4, Balshaws A 0 Rival leagues were in opposition on the neutral ground of British Enka (Liverpool League), Aintree, last Saturday, in the final tie of the- English Women's Hockey Leagues Cup competition, where Cheadle Heath (Stockport League Champions) beat Balshaws A, the runners-up of Lancashire Central League, by four goals to none. It was not a surprising majority on the run of the play, although the last-three goals were registered within the closing ten minutes. The first goal was scored by Miss D. Mainwaring quite early in the proceedings, Cheadle starting off at a great pace, but there was an outstanding defence irom Miss Wilkinson, - at right back, and Miss Bamber, at centre half. Miss Smith kept goal brilliantly, saving shots from all angles. - The second half particularly showed her to advantage, for the Cheadle forwards showed excellent concerted action. Misses Boulton, Oldham, and Mainwaring were-a clever inside-forward trio, with Miss Boulton forcing a strong game and providing some excellent openings. The stickwork was not too good on the hard ground, and ball control was difficult, although had the Cheadle forwards resorted to Miss Boulton's punch when in the circle rather than the short-passing game, they might have almost doubled their score. The three inside forwards Misses Boulton, Oldham, and Mainwaring each shot a goal in a series of punishing closing raids. Balshaws had previously held a fairly even balance in midfield, but could not finish. They had a fleet-footed right wing in Miss Sharpies, and Miss Bell made heroic efforts to open out the game from the centre-forward position, but there was poor support from a disjointed line, and the halves were too hard-pressed to render much assistance. The result was that Miss Goodsir's keen anticipation and her manner of watching every move made her a rock-steady Cheadle defender. CHEADLE HEATH. E. HcLachlan: E. Ooodsir. U. Johnson; M. Kavanagh. E. Robinson, C. Malnwarinr: D. Robinson. A. Boulton, A. Oldham, O. M&inwarins. K. Henson. BALSHAWS A. D. Smith: B. Wilkinson. E. Hay dock; M. Hesketh, D. Bamber, A. Swarbrfck; E. Sharpies. N. Cross. l Bell. N. Crtmshsw. N. Lomax. Athletics MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY WIN EASILY Manchester University easily beat the R.A.F., Sealand, in a relay and team match at Sealand on Saturday, winnine all except one event. Results : 4 x 880 Yards Relay. 1. Manchester (P. O. Seed, N. Bean, P. Whlttaker. E. S. TajlorJ: 2. Sealand (A.P.O. Matthews. A.P.O. Turnbull. A.P.O. Hack, L.A.C. Oiddln-s; 9mm. 14.4sec. 4 x 440 Yards RelT. . Uanchester (W. W. Wilsou. T. P. Red mar. o Kelzhler, P. O. Seed): 2, Sealand IL.A.C. Giddlcs. P.O. Pilchard. L.A.C. Bnco. A.PO Llojdi; Smln. 43.4ser. Huh Jump. 1. Manchester (A. Brodie, 5tt. lis.: W. P. O. Croaler. 5ft. lln.: D. Held. 5It., 15It. 2ln.: 2. Sealand (L.A.C. Chtrkaon. L.A.C. Holder L.A.C. Chapman, 14ft. 8in. Mile Team Race. 1. Manchester (Taylor, Riler. Whlttaker I; 2. Sealand (A.P.O. Glendaj. A.P.O. McMillan. A.P.O. Christophers: 4m!n. 55sec. 4 x 110 Yards Relay. 1. Manchester (O. Heaton, C. Keichler. A. s. Smithies. T. P. Redman): 2. Sealand IL.A.C. Clarkson. AJ.O. Tornhull. L.A.C. Giddrncs. A.O. Banksj: 46aec. 3 x 120 Yards Hurdles. 1. Manchester (Crozitr. D. C. Wright Reldl: 2. Sealand (Cbvrkson, Bolder, A.PO. Carlson; 53ec. Welrht. 1, Manchester (Wilson. 3filt- lll2ln.. Wriaht. 34r.. 61?.ln CroUw. 27Jt.l. 98ft. 61n.: 2. Sraland P.-Set. Burdett. Clarkson A.P.O. McDowell). T9ft 7l2m Lonr Jump. 1. Miuichester E. c. Wriaht. 21It. 5in . G. Heaton. 21ft.. G. B. Mellor. 20ft. Sin.). 62ft. Bin.; 2 Sealand (Clarkson. Holder. Banks). 6It. 13 in. Hammer. 1. Sealand H. W. Clerr, E. T. Ashler. Holdswortb): 2. Manchester iw. E. Krrshaw. McDowell. Carlson). Rowing AGE CROFT'S VICTORY AT NOTTINGHAM The annual Head of the Trent race was rowed at Nottingham on Saturday and was won by Agecroft Sowing Club (Manchester). The race is rowed over a course of two miles, competitors being started at intervals of approximately ten seconds. Division I is composed .of crews rowing in their own shell boats. These boats are lighter than clinker boats but require considerably more skill to control. Division II is for competitors in clinker boats loaned by the organisers. However, Agecroft, rowing in a clinker boat, beat the best shell boat's time and were awarded the Head of the River pennant the first time a Head of the River race has been won by a clinker crew. There were 26 entries in -all. and the first three were: 1. Arrcroft R.C. B. H Shelley, boar; M. H. Winder 2: 1- Bower. 3: E. W. Bower, stroke; K. BhrfflrVi: cox), lomtn. 44see.: 2. Kottxnsbaxn TJnlon K.C lOain. 52sec; 3. Kottlntxutm Britannia B.C.. llrsln . Agecroft's other two crews were 17th and 21st respectively. - - Cricket BRADMAN THE OLD MASTER AGAIN Worcester's Bowling Inspected and Then Dismissed PINGLETON A HARD NUT TO CRACK By Neville Cardus (Cricketer) ATSSTAilAK8 Firat innlnn J. H. FlMleton c Crisp b Howorth 41 A. XV Hassett not out si B. A. Barnett b Orlsp 16 B. S. White not out 6 W. A. Brown low o Crisp ' D. O. Bradman c Martin b Howorth.. .258 S. J. MoCabe b Perks 34-C. L. Badcock c Sinkleton b Perks ... 67 W. J. O-BeUlT. L. O'B. B 13. lb 14. w 8 29 Total (lor-6) ...474 Fleetwood -Smith, and E. L. McCormick to rat. - wrtni -km i RKSHIRE. C. J. Lyttelton. R. J. Crisp. r. H CHamS; A. P.81n3eton. Gibbons, Bull. Martta, Perks. Howorth. Buller, and Cooper. Umpires: Smith and Baldwin. Worcester, Saturday. For the third time in succession Bradman has opened an Australian cricket season in .England with a double century against Worcestershire. He was generally expected to achieve the performance, granted that he himself felt in the mood. The Worcestershire captain. indeed, sensibly resigned himself to it and decided to get it over as quickly and as painlessly as may be, for having won the toss on a thoroughly easy wicket he asked the Australians to bat first, an. invitation which was unanimously accepted. The Worcester shire captain's resignation apparently achieved a philosophy so profound that he declined the new ball at 200. Probably he was right ; a new ball costs money, and Worcestershire is not a wealthy club and every little counts. Bradman seldom promised to get out ; when he missed a quick-rising out-swinger from Crisp, with his score at twenty-three, and when in the same over a ball struck him on the pads, we were merely rendered surprised, not hopeful. The last innings I saw Bradman play before this one was at Perth, Western Australia, in March ; it was done with a bat seemingly all edge. On Saturday the great machine worked as precisely as ever it has worked. Our bowlers must now face the worst Bradman is to-day, compared with the Bradman of other years, not quite so easy to get out. In other words, he is beginning really to see the ball. This latest-innings by him had a plan and an executive skill which were terrifying. He spent two hours and a auarter on his first fifty : then he scored another fifty . in half an hour, and another fifty in thirty-five minutes. The awful point is that when he was making a hundred in an -. hour he -concealed .the pace, deceived all of us except the alert scorers. - He did not barnstorm-; hot until he passed 200 did 'his. bat swing or hook at all violently. He scored a hundred in an hour .with restraint. He played late on the whole, and his touch was so certain that we could almost feel that the blade of his bat was endowed with sight, and also was prehensile. Now and again, true, he reached forward in a way not common for Bradman, who is a back-foot player if ever there was one. The accuracy of his timing, as he forced the ball to leg or square, made one spectator at least catch breath yes, Bradman-can still stir in us astonishment at his powers. I suppose no man has ever been more of a master of his job than Bradman is a master of his job. He is as good as a batsman as Bach was as a composer. Yet no : he lacks felicity that effortless touch of nature which makes the difference between a thing that grows and a thing that is constructed. A Bradman innings is designed it does -not fall on him " by grace." There is usually the hint of severe watchfulness, even of suspicion. . An innings by'a Woolley just happens, like the bloom on the peach on the sun-stained wall. This is not to deny Bradman style and a kind of beauty : people speak non sense when they say that Bradman does not ever move the aesthetic senses. A constructed thing can be beautiful, if it cannot be spontaneous. The flight of a bird and the flight of an aeroplane mark the difference between an innings by a Woolley and one by a Bradman. And in a war the aeroplane has the grandest eagle beaten. A large crowd assembled on the pretty Worcester ground to see Bradman and the others. There were some eleven thousand of them, and everybody breathed on everybody else's neck, and pushed and trod and SENIORS' MATCH AT CAMBRIDGE Bowlers Punished Bowlers presented" few difficulties in the Seniors' match at Cambridge on Saturday, when A. H. Brodhurst's side scored 296 for six wickets against-a team captained by AT. St J. Packe. who makes occasional appearances for Leicestershire. A. H. Brodhurst: played the .outstanding innings, but' B. D. C arris and -C. H. W. Troughtoir - had taken most of the sting out of the bowling. Scores : A. H. BEOADHCEST8 BIDE. First inninea B. O. Carrbi (Harrow and St. John's) e anil -b Beea-TJOTtea 69 C. B W. Trench ton Hallerbnr7 and Trinity) at Anderson b Besran 59 i. P. Blake (Aldenltam and St. John'!) b Beea-OaTlea 12 A. K. Bnxadxntrss Ualrem and Pembroke! c Brncx-Lccithart b Hews.: 78 9. C. Harm I Eton and Pembroke) e Webster , b Wild 57 ' H. y. Borrett IPramltnfham and Pembroke) e ewan b Wild 7. D. W.GUJesse frjpprnrham and Clare) not out IS IC A. C. P. Kaje Olamni end Pembroke) not oil .... ' " B 7. a 5. w 1 18 Total (for 61 -.296 -S. C. 6Ukin (Drdwlcfa and TrteltT Ba3. J- D. P. Cralb ffasthmrme and Clare)'. B. aC. Planer Eton and TrtnitT), IV. J.. H gramrrslhalfh cnttl -and St. Catharine'sl to b-w. Sfl. ST. J. 'PACKETS SIDE. tL'St. J- Facte Wellington and laasdalene). p. o. Sett (Norwich and-St. Catharine's); 1. D. A. Lansiey (Stowe smdTrinltr). W. R. Hees-DaHea -iEton- and Trinity t. J. -V. Wild (Tanston and Khars). D. c. WOson (Winchester and. Trinity). B B. Brace-Locfcbart (Edlnborch Acadenrr-and Corpus Christ!), o. -Z. Hearan (aCxrlborocth and Clare), f. .Webster (Bradford Grammar School arl St- ' OitharnVa).' aC H. Anfierinri (Clifton and TrlBtrj). B' C- Gibb (Hems Baj and Petcxhonaell J. A. T. Sharp ( Herten' and Jeans). -ocj -TEsptres: Wlr.wrierjt and- HflT, - elbowed. The congestion was acute ; it . spoiled the graciousness of the place. There were scaffoldings for the camera men, and a stand for the battalions of the press. For Worcester cricket the occasion was momentous. At the entrances to the ground the gatemen were on their guard ; a policeman with a spike in his hat walked on the field during the interval obviously looking for a case. There was little lunch to be had by the mass of the people, but in spite of a clean. cold day we became soiled as the hours wore on. and sticky. Only the Cathedral kept aloof from the spirit of the age. Worcestershire bowled well for a long time. Crisp, the South African, defeated Brown, at once. low. Bradman came to the wicket at a quarter to twelve. He subjected the attack to austere scrutiny ; for neariv an hour Fingleton was the more interesting batsman. He contrives to lend strength and freedom .to strokes which are not announced by the short cramped lift of his bat. He drove Perks to the off by means of a sudden thrust ; he saw a shorter ball swiftly and he back-cut it strong as an axe He is clearly a cricketer who senses a ball's flight. Here is another hard nut to crack. Perks, who, accordins to his fate and custom, bowled ablv n.3 ...T..M1.:1.. r - csixu uniuutiiv, once iouno nut Fingletoh's weakness, which is an involuntary flick at the out-swinger Fingleton seemed settled for the dav until a half-volley provoked him to excitement : he was caueht at after an innings of eighty-five minutes every second bodeful of no good to our bowlers. McCabe put lightness of touch into the Australian innings : he is never the labourer. His defences have been strengthened more by experience than by application of principles. He is a natural batsman, wiih strokes which he makes as instinctively as he walk's or breathes. The hook is most times a dynamic hit and. as its name denotes, a little awkward! McCabe can hook lissomely ; he gives to the stroke a curve so to say-rounds off the angles. Perks deserved McCabe's wicket, for he took it with a good honest length ball. Badcock was not at his best. He began vaguely. I could not recognise the fierce little swordsman I had seen in Australia. He groped. He played empirically, and missed mam-balls, and looked apologetic. But one hit, off the back foot, told the truth ; nobody but a fine batsman could have made it. He would not be put down by . . his. mistakes ; Australian cricketers seldom respond to the suggestions of circumstances that-they should get out. They only get out when they do get out. Badcock did nothing in particular for an hour, and did it badly. Then he proceeded towards his fifty. The innings was a rough study for a finished work io come. He helped Bradman to score 277 for the fourth wicket. Bradman's innings acquired preposterous immensity. The ruthless-ness of it all! First, a long, critical inspection of the opposition, each bowler weighed in the balance as though by codified law. (Once or twice a quick out-swinger from Crisp disturbed him ; possibly the seat of error is here.) Then, as soon as he had put everybody into a class and worn them out by keeping them in suspense, he made fools of their pretensions to skill. He would not for hours even batter them no, a contemptuous flick here, a sardonic cut there, a provoking drive 'on either side of the wicket. Later in the day the innings became a Juggernaut, and the field a shambles. Perhaps he was trying to get out but just could not. He missed true aim some three or four times in four hours and fifty minutes, and he hit thirty-three fours. I could not decide on what principle he struck these boundaries : I mean I could not work out the periodic law at the bottom of them. Apparently he could have hit a four from every other ball sent to him after lunch. There were ices for sale on thf ground all day, probably made on th premises while vou waited. in- J match is, of course, dead already as match : the onlv interest now is how quickly O'Reilly will clear up th-mess and leave the Worcestershire field to its proper green peacef ulness. OXFORD CAPTAIN HITS OUT Gloucestershire's Task In an interesting day's cricket at Oxford the University scored 229 run? and Gloucestershire 148 for thw wickets. At one period, with only haif Oxford's, aide out for 183 runs, a bin score seemed probable, but the last five batsmen - cut a poor figure. The best batting was shown by Kimpton and the new Oxford captain, Grover. Scores : OXPOBO tTFnVEBSITT Pint buinea E. .J. H. Dixon low b Hammond 42 31- M. Waited e Eatar b Stafleld 7 D. O. Hay- c Crapp b Sinneld 5 B. C. If. Kimpton e Bin field b GoddarcL. 68 J. K. Grover low b CtanBeld 53 J. D. Boar e Alien- b - Emaiett .- 10 W. M array-Wood b SInfleld 2 O. Eras sS WUson S Infield D H. Msrlndne 1 Wilson b Goddard .. B E. Wbelberif Eatar b Emmett ... B. P. H. Dars-ai: Smith not cot B 1. Ib 3. nb J Total GsVOEOESTEB First Inrdnis B. O. ABen e Grater b Marinrfoe 26 W. H. Hsmmmrl out Ifeale not oat . IbcV Murray-Wood 54 EmaoeU e ar.-t-t-. b - riwrwalLAmfrf, ' Total (tor 3) ...148 .B. D. S. Bacsr. Ooddard. Sinneld. crapp. wuson. Crannrtd to - pa.. ; - .- Bnllu AsalrAs .- OXFORD TJNITSRSXTT First-innhits O K B. W. ' , .' O. M. B- W. Hammond 10 4 27 II Gcjdtordu..24 5 6 73 1 Barnett '5 0 5 O I GraBf!! ...14 31 tTmttfld 24 10 33 4 1 Esa(nett"-:.'..- 9 0 38 f .Sinneld bowled one nc-ball. Umpires: Heriaren ibd Harria.'

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