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Related article: in the 'thirties and early 'forties amateur teams, though they had splendid bowling. Sir Frederick Bathurst was world-known, and one of the principal men in the M.C.C., and they had two other celebrated bowlers ; — Mr. Alfred James Lowth (who wrote an article in the green cover not long ago), and who bowled for Gentlemen and Players in 1836, when a boy at Winchester, and afterwards in the 'forties, and was the finest bowler ever seen at Oxford ; and his old schoolfellow, Mr. Godfrey Bolles Lee, now Warden of Winchester, and alive and well, aged 83, who also was one of the most destructive bowlers at the University when at Oxford, and constant bowler for Hants. Sir Frederick's was the legitimate round arm, with the hand below the elbow and about the height of the hip. He bowled for the Gentlemen for over twenty years, and on his last appearance as bowler in 1853 against the Players, he and Mr. Kempson were never changed, and took all the wickets, and the Players lost by four wickets. Hants then generally played the M.C.C., and occasionally Sussex. As I said before, most of the bowling was of home growth. In most districts one or two prac- tice nights were set aside in all the good clubs, and those who took part in them were all plapng for places in the eleven. When William Clarke, in 1846, travelled England with a first-rate eleven in the early railway days, cricket grew all over England, and other travelling clubs followed suit ; and when Surrey, which was admirably supported by many of the leading amateurs of England, the Vice-president being the late Lord Bessborough, who held the post from 1845 till his death — when not President — grew into comparative independence, it from time to time got Notts and Yorkshire to play a home-and- home match, and drew Cam- bridgeshire and Gloucestershire also to London. The Graces, Walkers, Lubbocks, and other eminent amateurs, on their join- ing, Order Irbesartan Online advanced the fortunes of the Club, and Surrey became one of the leading Clubs in England, and second only to Marylebone. Surrey had a grand cricket nursery in the local Clubs, such Generic Irbesartan as Dork- ing, Mitcham, Reigate, Epsom, Esher and Godalming districts; and in later days by cultivating the talent of a second eleven, admirably captained by Mr. Grey- burn, a Yorkshire gentleman, they can send into the field as good men as existed in the palmy days when the county played and beat All England, as their reserve second eleven can always be relied on. The enormous scores of to-day, in the opinion of most of the old school, are attributable to the modern practice of judging l.b.w., by accepted ruling in modem times that the ball must pitch on the eight-inch space of turf between wicket and wicket, and thereby depriving the bowler wholly of his "break," and the I90O.] BILLIARDS, 1900. 183 monotonous " over-head " Buy Irbesartan swing of modem bowlers, //us relieving the batsman of the necessity of running all runs out which was a fair tax on his condition, and plus also of the abuse of the pad. 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We old ones must grin and bear it if we do not like all the novelties in the game, and the plate-glass wickets which kill the bowling and render some of the batting as tedious as Peal on the "spot" and Roberts' "nursing cannons " before the " push ** stroke was barred. We, like dogs, have had our day, and are happy in our contemplation of past glories, and that amuses us and does not hurt younger Eng- land. For one I may, I suppose, truthfully say that I have seen in London and the country at least fifty Kent matches, and hope to see more before I Buy Irbesartan Online become "one who was,** F. Order Irbesartan G. Billiards, 1900. In a former article in Baily the writer fully analysed and discussed the Revised Rules of Billiards, and drew attention to the points of difference between these Rules and those previously authorised by the Billiard Association of Great Britain and Ireland. 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