South Yorkshire Times, June 4th, 1955
A Shaker for Denaby.
Main feature of Swinton’s three wickets’ home victory over Denaby and Cadeby on Tuesday was the smart running between the wickets of the Swinton batsmen and in particular in the partnership between Brian Bird and Sam Vickers.
Denaby batted first. The highlight of their innings was the delightful batting of Peter Taylor, who scored 42. Ron Walker had a short, sweet innings of 11 – one big hit a six over the bowler’s head, a four and a single. He was then clean bowled by J. Kerry.
Denaby’s last three wickets fell for eight runs to finish the innings at 136. Joe Kerry had bowled unchanged for 18 overs, his last a maiden but J. Kerry was the most successful bowler of the day taking 5 wickets for 50 runs.
Swinton quickly lost Seagrave. Denaby set a very close field after this success but the runs began to come steadily as the batsmen gained confidence and began to take some very quick singles by dropping the ball in mid wicket and making the fieldsmen run into the centre.
When Brian Bird joined Sam Vickers at the crease, the runs began to come more quickly and spectators were given some delightful cricket as the batsmen began to take some quick runs and Bird was more than once very nearly run out. This partnership put on 35 runs, after which Vickers skied a ball from Forrester and was caught behind the wicket, J. Kerry then joined Hill, but soon afterwards Hill left – l.b.w. To Newton, for 30 delightful runs, Butler came, to be clean bowled by the first ball he received. This was the first ‘duck’ of the match. Jones came on and both batsmen began to be very wary, but Denaby’s total was eventually passed, Jones making the winning hit – a four to give Swinton their third win of the season.
Swinton made 101 on Monday, against Hallam (L. Seagrave 28), and Hallam reached 103 for 3 (B. Pickering 36, T. Wells 26). J. Kerry taking 3 for 40.