Denaby Main v Pontefract

May 1921

Mexborough & Swinton Times, May 28th

Denaby Main v Pontefract.
Heavy Run-Getting and vital Errors.

There was an excellent attendance on Saturday for Denaby Main´s first fully played home match in the Yorkshire Council. The weather was brilliant, and the wicket fall of runs. The cricket for the most part was bright and attractive.

Pontefract motored over, and the visiting captain, Mr Crofts, after winning the toss, was persuaded by his team, against his better judgement, to take the field and to give the petrol and the vibration a chance to dissipate before batting. Thus, Denaby luckily obtained the first use of a splendid wicket, and made the most of their advantage.

Denaby were without their fast bowler, Jack Creasy was down with influenza, and Hoften was substituted, Capt J.B.White of Tickhill, taking the place of Hobson.

Luther Robinson and Joe Greig opened for Denaby, against the bowling of Pickup and Crossland. The fast left-hander open from the football end, and Luther Robinson played him a maiden. Greig swept Crosland´s first ball prettily round to the canteen, and scoring began to be brisk, though Pickup was bowling well and needed careful watching, as Greig found that 26, when, during an uncomfortable over, the attempted to cut him lateand merely edged in into the hands of Crossland at first slip. Arthur Robinson opened shakily and was given a life at the wicket from his second ball. Luther was batting freely and confidently, but he lost his brother at 41, Arthur completely mistimed a straight one. Narrowaywas not long in introducing a certain liveliness, and he, and Robinson knocked off Pickup and Crossland, who retired in favour of Durant and 78. However, Luther Robinson, when apparently well set, mistimed Pickup and Pickles, at second slip, had him at the second attempt.

Pickup had been bowling very well, and at this point has 3 for 0, but with Narroway, and Worthington together a heavy toll was laid upon all the bowling, and Durant, Branson, Cross and Crowther were tried in vain.

The Denaby wicket-keeper hit freely all round the wicket, and got Branson away for a pretty six into the square. Soon after, however, he played a bad ball from Durant into his wicket. Shoesmith arrived to send the hundred, and he and Worthington sent the score along at a tremendous pace, the hitting being really exhilarating. Worthington seem well set for his 50 when he was given LBW to Crowther as a result of a bad stroke.

Captain White came in and immediately hit Branson to leg for four, but Crowther had the Tickhill man honest tells and eventually got his leg stick.widows and open very quietly for him, and was a quarter of an hour in getting 10, but later he meant the displaced, and he and Tibbles flogged the tired bowling to death. Tibbles was given a life when he was six, and after that he went out for the bowling every time. His favourite stroke, a beautiful square caught behind point, was frequently used. He sent the second envelope, and then took 19 in one over from Pickles, including a straight lift into the tennis courts for six. The Denaby captain waited for Tibbles to get his 50 and then declared at 276 for seven, leaving Pontefract about two hours to bat.

The Pontefract men went out with the intention of staying. Cross and Burton opposed Hoften and Shoesmith. The visiting captain hit two pretty fours from Hoften, and showed a disposition to force the pace, but Burton stubbornly defended his wicket and treated the bowling with caution. Hoften bowled cross with a beautiful ball, but Burton and Trafford wore him out, and Robinson and Worthington were called up, eventually Worthington Adam Trafford nicely taken by Winterson, and soon after the same bowler got Blackburn LBW, taking Branson´s wicket in the same way. Pontefract had five down for 70 with an hour to play, and it looked Denaby´s match all over, especially when Burton, who had defended very

Doggedly, skied a ball in mid-wicket, and was well taken by Widdowson. Pickles, however, again steadied the batting and although Pickup was beautifully bowled by Robinson, Crossland came in to stay, and the pair gradually destroyed Denaby´s hopes.

15 min from time Crosland was caught in mid-wicket off often, well resumed at the tennis end, and a minute later shoesmith bowl Crowther, but Duran to pelt pickles to bat out time, although from the last ball but one of the match. He gave what seemed a clear return to Shoesmith and there was a confident appeal, but the Featherstone umpire judged the ball trapped. Is Denaby had got that wicket. There remained one ball from Shoesmith with which to win the match. As it was, the match was drawn with Pontefract 137 for 8.

Pickles and Burton gave an excellent display of defensive batting, and a feature of the match was a clean, smart fielding of the Denaby side. Denaby suffered from the lack of a fast bowler, Hoften being a yard or two behind his former pace. Luther Robinson slows were quite innocuous on the cast-iron wicket, but Arthur Robinson bowled a good length with an excellent command of flight.

Denaby Main.

GL Robinson c Pickles b Pickup 42

J. Greig c Crossland b Pickup 11

A Robinson bowled Pickup 9

WE Narroway bowled Durant 24

G. Worthington lbw Crowther 45

H Shoesmith c Durant b Pickup 34

Capt. JB White b Crowther 7

W. Widdowson not out 40

E Tibbles not out 52

Extras 11

Total (seven wickets) 276

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