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of men. He is one of the very best sportsmen in the county; and

of men. He is one of the very best sportsmen in the county; and it is characteristic of the tone of Lord Hawke that he has insisted upon one dressing-room at Bramall Lane for amateurs and professionals. For years he has been a most enthusiastic worker on behalf of the county. Mr F. Stanley Jackson, of the Harrow Eleven of 1887-89 and Cambridge 1890-93, is such a brilliant cricketer that no England team of the present day would be complete without him. Like Lord Hawke, Mr Jackson is idolised by Yorkshire cricket enthusiasts. In a lesser degree, Mr Arthur Sellers, Mr Ernest Smith, Mr Frank Mitchell, and Mr F. W. Milligan have assisted Yorkshire; while of the amateurs of the past, in addition to those I have referred to, mention should be made of such players as Mr T. R. Barker, Rev. E. S. Carter, Mr R. W. Frank, Mr E. T. Hirst, Mr G. A. B. Leatham, Mr E, Lumb, Mr C. H. Prest, Mr W. Brest, Rev. C. M. Sharpe, Rev. H. M. Sims, Mr R. F. Skelton, Mr W. R. Wake, and Mr Bernard Wake.

I append a few facts respecting the two most prominent amateur Yorkshire cricketers of to-day:—

Lord Hawke.—Although first seeing the light in Lincolnshire, the Hon. Martin Bladen Hawke (as his lordship was formerly known) came from a family which has been closely identified with Yorkshire for generations. Born near Gainsboro' on August 16, 1860, the eldest son of the Rev. Edward Henry Julius, sixth Baron Hawke, he entered Eton (after preliminary tuition at Aldin House, Slough) in 1874, but it was not until his fourth year at Eton that he obtained a place in the eleven. After leaving Eton the Hon. M. B. Hawke was given a further course of private tuition, and did not go into residence at Magdalen College, Cambridge, until after the long vacation of 1881. He had, however, previous to this played for Yorkshire in the Scarborough week against M.C.C. and I Zingari. His first appearance with the 'Varsity was against Lancashire, when Cambridge were all dismissed for 31 runs (7 of the best wickets being down for 9 runs!), but against Surrey at the Oval the same week he proved himself to be the best bat on his side by scoring 58 and 15. A few weeks after this he made his début in a county match for Yorkshire, playing against Surrey at Sheffield, and fully justifying his selection by scoring in the second innings 35 out of 44 required to win. On the invitation of the Yorkshire committee in 1883, he undertook the captaincy of the eleven, and that year Yorkshire had a more successful season than they had experienced for many years. Always batting in commanding style. Lord Hawke has a special liking for driving on the on-side, although his batting all round the wicket usually affords an illustration of clean hard hitting and excellent defence. Few batsmen hit more freely, his driving being particularly good, and he always plays the game, whether it be a winning or a losing one. And when he is in for one of his long scores, none can bat in better style. He was a