By Pat Frawley
THE Australian cricketers left Manchester and its rain at 7.10 o'clock last night for Birming- ham, 71 miles away. They were
scheduled to arrive there at 9.45 and stay at the Grand Hotel. When they played at Leicester and at Northampton they were quartered at hotels of the same name. If the rain has not followed them, they will commence a three-day match against Warwickshire to-day. Warwickshire is a county of strong batting—five players aggregated more than 1000 last season—but the bowling is weak. E. Hollies was the only bowler to exceed 100 wickets. Captain of the side last season, and for eight seasons in all, Bob Wyatt will not be the man to toss to-day. The county committee caused a mild sensa- tion when it announced, at the end of last season, that P. Cranmer was to be captain. Cranmer is only 23, and played first in 1934. N. Kilner, well known to Australian teams and a player who gave good service since 1926, will not be playing. Although he scored 1021 in 1937, he was not re-engaged. * T'HE decision of the New South Wales Rugby League to cancel one of the fixtures originally arranged for Bris- bane is disappointing, but just an- other instance of the general attitude of Southern sporting bodies to Queens- land. In order to find as many reasons as possible to justify the alteration, the
Brisbane Show was brought back to the last week in July. Another reason, Queensland's poor form in Sydney, is also a bit "thin." It was only a technical breach which prevented Queensland from winning ;he first match, and in the second match the early sending off of Little left Queensland with twelve men to thirteen for practically the whole of the match. The real position regarding both Rugby codes is that the matches in Brisbane are considered more or less a nuisance. ? ANOTHER Les Darcy, second cousin of the great Les, who died so trag- ically on a visit to the United States in 1918, is to fight in Sydney to-night. He is 12 years of age, weighs 6st. 5lb., and has qualified for the final of the 7st. division of the Randwick Marist Brothers' annual boxing carnival. "His famous name won't scare me," said Billy Moffatt, who is to meet Darcy. Billy is heavier, has a longer reach, and intends to bustle his oppo- nent right from the start. * BILL Shankland, a former Austra- lian Rugby League player, was a competitor in the British open golf championship. In the few years he has been play- ing the game seriously he has shown the right temperament for big occa- sions, and has often fought his way out of difficult positions.