Mexborough and Swinton Times June 25, 1926
Mexborough Athletic 122 Denaby and Cadeby 123 for 3
The first meeting of these old rivals on the Yorkshire Council auspices took place at Mexborough on Tuesday in beautiful weather before a good “gate”.
Mexborough batted first and made a promising start, Reader and broadhead putting on 36 for the first wicket, but at this figure Reader, Broadhead and Burkinshaw were dismissed, and the collapse continuing, six wickets were down for 50. Ambler and Hart stopped the rot, and Kilner, who arrived late, and went in ninth wicket, further improved the position with some courageous hitting, being in at the close with 29. The whole side was out for 122. The chief damage was done by R. C. Higgins, who took six wickets for 68, and exploited this occasional slow ball very effectively, getting most of his victims with it. Larke bowling unchanged at the other end had three for 41, his bowling being much better than his figures suggest, but he was very unlucky. Narroway, the Denaby stumper, who rarely gives anything away missed stumping Kilner off him, and Larke also had Hart missed by Tibbles at cover, and Beaumont by Harrison at mid-off. But for these lapses in the field the Mexborough score would not have got beyond 80.
Denaby opened with Tibbles and Greenwood. The former took seven from Ludlam’s opening over, and seemed in for a very big innings. However, Tibbles went lbw to Pearce at 20, of which he had made 15. Wainwright had only made three when he was badly missed at short leg by Hakin off Ludlam, a fatal blunder, for this young batsman went on to score with beautiful ease and he and Greenwood put on 45 for the next wicket. Greenwood was bowled by a no ball from Pearce, and ultimately fell to Ambler. Bob Carlin came in to scourge his old club mates and quickly collected a couple of fours, but was bowled by Hart with a ball that kept low. Denaby with three wickets down were only 17 runs short of victory. Wainwright went on to complete his 50, and was then taken at mid-on from a drive which he meant to lift. Nicholson and Luther Robinson brought the scores level and a no ball from Pearce settled the issue.
The Mexborough bowling was frequently changed, but Hart alone worried the batsmen seriously, and he had the best figures, two for 15.