Mexborough and Swinton Times, July 30 1897
Mexborough and District League
Mexborough 175 for 6 Conisborough 57
On Saturday, at Mexborough, in fine weather before a fair number of spectators.
Wilson had prepared an excellent wicket, and Nicholson, winning the toss, went in first, with Sam Livesey. The start was a disastrous one, Livesey was sent back before able was scored. Turner followed, and a long spell of leather hunting for the visitors began. Nicholson’s scored the faster of the pair, but Turner frequently opened his shoulders and scored more briskly than is his wont, his driving began a particular feature of his play. With his score at 21, he was missed, and again at 28. Nicholson battled, without a mistake, and the 50 was passed without a separation, but when 85 was totalled and it appeared probable the pair would send up the hundred without being parted, Briggs bowled Turner for a useful 37. “Cocky” Bennett followed, and some lively cricket was witness, Bennett with six trees and three singles making 21 before he was bowled, when the score stood at 123 for 3 wickets. Beckett followed. Nicholson, who had now safely passed his 50, hit out for his century, with his score at 81 he was out for a fine capture in the country. Carr and Mountford followed, but neither reached double figures, and when the score stood at 175 for 6 wickets, Nicholson declared their innings closed.
Conisborough had two hours in which to get the runs required, but they never looked like making a fight. Briggs and Harold Sharp opened the innings to the bowling of Nicholson and Wilson, and off Nicholson’s second delivery Sharp was taken by Wilson. Herbert Sharp followed; Briggs scored a single off Wilson, and Sharp hit him next . ball for three, with his third delivery he clean bowled Briggs. Sharp and Hardy took the score to 15 for the third wicket. When Nicholson bowled; Sharp, Hardy fall into Wilson in the following over, when four were down for 20. Neither Nesbitt nor F. W. Keys gave much trouble, but Edwards hit Whatley, getting Nicholson away for 4 and 3, and Wilson for three, before the Pro. Beat him with a puzzling ball. E. Keys and Woodhouse were soon sent back, but M. Hardy hit out and just reached double figures when Nicholson clean bowled him, and the innings closed for 57. Nicholson and Wilson both had a fine analysis the former with five of 27, and the latter with 5 for 26.