Mexborough & Swinton Times – Saturday 01 August 1942
90 In Boundary Hits
A hurricane 94 not out, including 18 fours and three sixes by R. A. Dransfleld (Rockingham), scored In 30 minutes, and a good innings of 65 by D. A. Ellis, a 17-year-old Denaby batstnan, were features of the game at Hoyland.
Denaby declared at 218 for 7. Ellis and J. Burden (62), took the score from 48 to 168 before being parted. G. A. Grant took 4 for 63 for Rockingham.
Left with 135 minutes to bat, Rockingham set about the Denaby bowling In fine style and lost only one wicket in making 223, with 20 minutes to spare. Dransfleld and A Walker (59), gave the home team a sound start, and the good work was carried on by Frank Fisher (61 not out) and Dransfield.
Swinton Do It Again.
Although Swinton beat Mexborough for the third time this season and maintained their unbeaten record, they had to fight hard for the runs. Bowling unchanged, I. Ellison (6 fur 57) and F. Ellis (4 for 31) dismissed Mexborough for 91, only A. S. Vollans (38. Including five fours and one five) and C. Lawton (10 not out) offering any resistance.
The only stand of any note was one of 27 between Vollans and S. White, of which the former hit 23.
When Leslie Bedford (38, Including five fours) and C. Lee (17), put on 44 for Swinton’s first wicket it looked as though Swinton would have an easy win, but C. E. Bayes (3 for 15) and T. Hargreaves (3 for 31) caused a minor collapse—the next five wickets fell for 37 runs–before Ellis (10 not out) made the winning hit. Parkin (15) was the other double figure scorer in Swinton’s total of 93 for six.
Collapses By Both Teams
Collapses by both teams, at the front end of the Hickleton innings and by Frickley’s “tail,” were seen at South Elmsall. Hickleton won by 21 runs, and they owed their success largely to W. Lockwood. who, going in at the fall of the sixth wicket, took the score, with J. Riley (13) from 28 to 106. Lockwood, who hit two 6’s and a dozen 4’s, was unbeaten with 68 when the Hickleton innings was peremptorily closed by a hat-trick by J. Britton, who finished with 3 for 10 In three overs. E. Govier took 4 for 41.
Frickley (D. Farrow 10) opened badly and lost their first three men for 14, but C. Ogley (26) and A. Ward (33) put them in a strong position with a partnership of 52. None of the remaining batsmen made double figures, and the total reached only 92, R. Riley (6 for 40) doing the damage.
Extras Totalled 30
After scoring 100 runs, Brampton were beaten by nine wickets by Thorncliffe, at Brampton, on Saturday. Thorncliffe put on a couple of fast bowlers (E. Earnshaw and E. Hollingsworth). and as a result extras totalled 30.
Thorncliffe replied with 104 for one, their biggest scorers being A. Mellor, the White Lane and former Rawmarsh player, with 53 not out, and W. Aynsley 44 not out. For Thorneliffe, E. Hollingworth took 5 for 16, F. Hollingsworth 2 for 12, and E. Earnshaw 2 for 37.
Godfrey’s Forceful Hitting
In spite of a brilliant batting display by Godfrey, Wath were beaten by four wickets on visiting Elsecar. Wath made a poor start, losing their first three wickets for 32 runs. Godfrey livened the proceedings by hitting his first ball from White for a boundary. In the next two overs he hit six fours. In White’s seventh over, Godfrey scored three more boundaries, and in the eighth over hit White for a six. He then had the misfortune to pull the ball into his face and had to leave the field. After three more wickets had fallen he came back and resumed his vigorous hitting. He was eventually sent back after making 71.
Wath innings realised 130, Bamforth (47) and Widdison put on 64 for Elsecar’s first wicket. Later wickets fell rather quickly, but the Rev. H. J. Barnard (19 not out) and F. Wrightson (15 not out) saw Wath’s total passed. For Elsecar, Hudson took 4 for 34 and White 5 for 56. Owing to his accident, Godfrey was unable to take his place as wicketkeeper, and Frank Locke deputised. Fieldsend showed promise as a bowler.