Cricket Match and Dinner at Denaby Main

August 1896

Mexborough and Swinton Times August 28, 1896

Cricket Match and Dinner at Denaby Main

The members of the committee of the Denaby and Cadeby Main United cricket club appeared to be very fortunate in the matter of accidents, not less than four of them having been off work for many weeks.

To assist these a little, the cricket club committee decided to play them a cricket match, the proceeds to be divided amongst them. Accordingly the hon. sec (Mr F. Fisher) arranged a match to take place at Denaby on Thursday, Aug. 20th. Sides were chosen by Mr Butcher and Mr Lee, and after a very exciting finish Mr Lee’s team was victorious.

After the match the players and friends to the number of 60 adjourned to the clubhouse, Denaby Main Hotel, where the genial landlord, Mr Lee, had an excellent dinner provided. Although a few of the players failed to score in the cricket field, they played a splendid innings at the dinner table, in fact, one or two of them were “not out” when time was called.

After the cloth was removed a very pleasant evening was spent. Mr Wray was voted to the chair, and Mr Norwood the vice-chair. The proceedings commenced by the chairman propose in the usual loyal toast “the Queen and Royal family.” Mr Norwood proposed “success to the Denaby and Cadeby Main United cricket club,” and in doing so said that, considering the large number of likely young men in and around Denaby, this club ought to be the strongest in the neighbourhood. If they would only join together and practice regularly he would venture to prophecy that they would not only be able to win the South Yorkshire league, but almost any competition they competed for in the district.

Mr Cambell, one of the vice presidents, responded to the toast. Mr Moore next gave a recitation, “Rubenstein.” This was followed by a comic song by Mr Boyes, entitled “They’re waiting for me.” This was loudly encored, and he then obliged by telling the company how “He never enjoyed himself so much before.”

Mr Butcher next propose the “visitors.” Mr F. Oxley, in responding, said how pleased he was to be able to assist in so good a cause as the present. Mr Norwood delighted the company by his humorous rendering of “Killaloe” Mr Barlow proceeded to give the troubles of a young wife use husband would persist in coming home at “Two in the morning.” Mr Arthur Wilson ably sang “The old inhabitant.” Then followed the song of the evening,” The White Squall,” which was capitally rendered by Mr Butcher. And in response to a loud encore he gave “the good Rhine Wine,” the chorus of which was heartily sung by the company.

Mr A. Pryce then proposed their “host and hostess” coupled with that of the secretary, Mr F. Fisher, Mr Lee and Mr Fisher responding. The evenings jolification closed with a vote of thanks to the chairman, vice-chairman and musicians. It should be stated that Mr Higgins presided at the piano, and Paganinnl II played the violin.