Mexborough and Swinton Times, June 29.
Conisborough 90 Wath Athletic 51
it was George Hardy’s day out at Conisborough on Saturday. He was the hero of the match between Conisbrough and Wath, in the Mexborough and district league.
This was a return engagement, Wath, having previously easily beaten their opponents on May 19. Thanks to the effective form display by Hardy, the own team completely turned the tables on the Wath men, who took much to their surprise, were severely defeated. Conisborough batted first and made a most unpromising start when the score was 10 for 4 wickets.
Then George Hardly and J.A.Bateson became associated, and they carried the score to 45 before Bateson was out for 10. Hardy had several partners, and he continued to treat all the bowling with scant respect. Twice he dropped the ball on the Pavilion slates, smashing them with leg hits.Most hitswere up in the air, but as a rule they were well out of reach of the fielders.
Hardy put on 50 in just over an hour, but at 53 he was cleaned bowled by Potts. A collection was made on the field, and the sum of 15 shillings, was raised, in addition to which he will receive five shillings and from the Conisbrough club as talent money.
With 91 to win, the Wath men did not consider that they had a very heavy task in hand, but they reckoned without Hardy and Bilbrough. Hardy was in splendid form, bowling very fast and keeping a good length. From the other end Bilbrough was sending down balls with a variety of pace, and an occasional leg break. The Wath batsmen were completely beaten and it will be observed that not one of the Wath batsmen got into double figures. The bowling analysis of the Conisborough men was as under:
O M R W
Bilbrough 12 1 21 4
Hardy 9 3 16 6