Sunday Game for Wardle Benefit (picture)

August 1957

South Yorkshire Times August 24, 1957

Sunday Game for Wardle Benefit

Conisbrough cricket club, whose star-studded match on behalf of the Johnny Wardle benefit fund was rained off a fortnight ago, refused to be disheartened, and, full of enthusiasm and hopes for kinder fortune with the weather, have planned another game for Johnny’s benefit at their Park Road ground Conisbrough this Sunday, August 25.

Wickets will be pitched at 230 and all though they have been unable to obtain such players as Cowdrey and Godfrey Evans, as they arranged for their original match, they have collected two sound teams.

Conisbrough will play Worksop, and the Conisbrough XI will consist of Conisbrough, Denaby and Cadeby and Warmsworth, Doncaster league andYorkshire Council players follows:

W Hepworth (captain), D Straw, J Blackman, D Wroe, J Cheetham, D Harvey (all Conisbrough), A Ellis, G Stones, P Downing (Denaby), M Hunter (Warmsworth) and A.N. other.

Worksop will include a number of Notts and Derbyshire players led by the Conisbrough born Nottingham player Jack Kelly. Others will be Hall, Matthews and Stinchcombe (Notts) Warner (Derbyshire) and Ward (Yorkshire trialist). Worksop Bassetlaw League team players will complete the side.

Johnny Wardle will unfortunately be unable to be present; Yorkshire are, of course, on their fortnight’s Southern tour, and this has prevented Conisbrough from obtaining any Yorkshire county players for this benefit game.

Refreshments will be available but there will be no marquee this time.

Jack Kelly, the Conisbrough born Notts cricketer, who captained the Worksop team against Conisbroughfor the Johnny Wardle benefit match on Sunday, seen with the players who were to have taken part.

Unfortunately, the game was rained off after only a few minutes play