Denaby & Cadeby – Denaby 42 for 4 Collegiate 120 for 4 – Rain Was Spoil-Sport

July 1946

South Yorkshire Times, July 6th, 1946

Rain Was Spoil-Sport

Denaby v. Collegiate; Match drawn

Dreary conditions took the bite out of the match at Tickhill Square when Denaby and Cadeby, left with 75 minutes to overtake Sheffield Collegiate’s declared score of 120 for four, had batted 50 minutes to obtain 42 for four when a¬†sharp rain shower closed the match. The Denaby team and J. C. Barber and T. L. Morgan. Collegiate opening paid, took the field at 2-35 p.m. In order to make a start, but without a ball being delivered a heavy downpour drove the players back into the downpour drove the players back into the pavilion, and there they remained until 3-50 p.m. Later, there was a further 20 minutes, and though there was a burst of sunshine for a short time, the wind howled through the telegraph wires for most of the match and generally it was a desolate picture.

These unpleasant conditions seemed to affect two hours to reach their total. Collegiate were fortunate in that Denaby’s ball returning was decidedly below par and on one occasion Denaby had both the opening pair. J. C. Barber and T. L. Morgan, at the tennis end wicket and then failed to run one of them out. Barber and Morgan put on 66 for the opening wicket, and when Barber was out to Eric Robinson, captaining the side in the absence through illness of George Allen, he had obtained 48 out of 76 in 75 minutes Collegiate’s score rose steadily and M. Barber (25 not out) and D. O’neill (13 not out) added 39 before the visitors declared.

W. R. Maddocks and Morgan opened the attack for the visitors and only R. Howson replied with confidence. He hit a glorious six into Wadworth Street, but after his departure play quietened in the bad light. For Denaby, Robinson took 2 for 29, R. Cory 1 for 25 and F. Turner 1 for 12, Maddocks had 1 for 12 and Morgan 3 for 28 for Collegiate.