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With unexpected results occurring in the major league baseball competition conducted by the New Soutli Wales Association, and with Ihe pre- miership still in doubt, the draw for to-day should
induce spectacular contests.
The chief centre of Interest will .be the meeting of the leaders (Waverley) and Marrickville at Waverley Oval. Waverley has regained the lead owing chiefly to the sudden brilliance of st. George, which beat Mosman last week. Don. Mould and Stone, who hove been selected as the State battery for the approaching interstate carnival, will be íelled upon to hold the Marrickville batsmen in check, while a stout Infield, including Roblson. Harvlc. and Alf. Mould, will be the mainstays In defence. Marrickville will have Hill back on the pitcher.' plate, with Armstrong as his calchei. and they have proved an admirable combination In recent matches. The fielding of both sides Is about equal, and the result of the game may depend on the strength of the batsmen. In that department Waverley seems to hove a slight advantage, but the match promises to he even.
St. George, following upon Its great efforts In beating the two leading teams in succession, will face Cumberland at. Wolli Park. Cumberland's form has been patchy, after a somewhat auspicious start. It will have a heavy task If St. George can keep up the scintillating play It has lately dis- played. The Petrie brothers will once more form the Cumberland battery, and they will be assured of a good becking by an alert field. St. George will have K. Bowman on the mound, with Lawrence ¡>i catcher. The infield Is playing excellently, v/ith Turner at short-stop in the van, The batting Is strong, and the team has the ability to bunch Itr
Pctcrsham-Lelchhaidl 'and Bankstown will meet, at Marrickville Oval. Petcrsham-Lelchhardt may discover Bankstown a team that may develop into a menace If any looseness Is permitted.
The New South Wales Baseball 'Association will place one team in'the Held during the approaching annual triangular matches with victoria and South Australia. Instead of two teams as In the past. The 17 nlayers selected' will comprise the «Ide. ? The ruler provide for any number of substitute players at nnv stage of a game, and the captain or coach may alter the line-up as the position'warrants. '
Thin Is a new plan for New South Wales, but it was succcssfu.lv carried out by South Aus- tralia during the last carnival In Adelaide, and har, been the common practice In America; In the 3ydnev scries New South Wales will be called upon lo play both Victoria' and South . Australia , on August 1 and 8. It is proposed to field a strong side against Victoria in the early game, and to
make sufficient alterations from the remainder of the selected players to appear immediately after- wards against South Australia. Changes In the batteries and the infield will probably be the main alterations. . . > '
Tile carnival will be the most ambitious conducted by the New South Wales association; it will cm brace the initial "Country Week" series. . Teams rroin Wagga, Newcastle, Bathurst, and Lithgow will compele for the Country Cup. Tile country tcjimfl will piovlde the early fixtures to the Interstate RP ni es as well as playing on Sunday, August 2 Some of the countrv representatives may be se- lected for the last games of the Interstate »erle» If they display good form.
WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S POSITION. The honorary secretary of the Victorian assocl I atlon (Mr. P. C. Pooley) has advised the New South Wales association that cailler in the sea.on his body had received a letter from the West- ern Australian association asking for permission to compete In the Caxton Shield games. Mr. Pooley soys that as Western Australia had not definitely asked for permission to be represented this S'ear, the Victorian association derided to Inform West- ern Australia thi>t its best course would be to apply to the State conference to be held in Sydney next month for -dmls.lon. On June 3 lie received an- other letter esklng whether Hiele would be uny dlfllculty in allowing Western Australia to play in this year's carnival. The Victorian association re- plied that as New South Wales had confirmed the plans for the carnival It was too late for the ad- mission of Western Australia, nnri that the latter should appoint B delegate to the conference and wait until the Adelaide carnival next year. West- ern Australia had agreed to tills, and hod ap- pointed Mr. W. A Oldfield (the International crick- eter) B3 its representative at tue conference
Although previous cOoits to overcome the breach between the City Houses Association and the New South Wales Association hove Ulled, another conference between representatives of the two organisations has been arranged for July 23 to discuss means of Teaching a leconclliatlon. And to advance the game. At the last conference, the representatives agreed to refer .ccommendatlon.i to their ncsoclptlons. While City Houses unani- mously «cccptrd them, the New South Wale« body
rejected them. j