South Yorkshire Club Plans for the New Cricket Season

April 1959

South Yorkshire Times April 25, 1959

South Yorkshire Club Plans for the New Cricket Season

The 1959 cricket he makes its bow tomorrow (Saturday) with fixtures in the Yorkshire Council, the Doncaster League and the Yorkshire Council Minor League.

The Council has a programme of 28 games and gets fully underway the following Saturday – Cup Final Day – with 43 matches.

Below we give brief club prospects for the coming term and invite the secretaries of those clubs not included  to forward theirs to the Sports Editor ” South Yorkshire Times” Mexborough


during the past few months about 12 promising young players of been at the next practising, with the help of police Vicars, Mexborough Athletic first 11 captain, and other senior players.

Could it be that if some of these promising youngsters are included in this year’s second 11 it will enable the team to equal or surpass a splendid performance last season when they were joint winners of the Minor League for the first time?

Mr Ben Brown, Mexborough Athletic secretary, told a “South Yorkshire Times” Sports reporter this week:

“During the winter quite a lot of promising young players have been practising at the nets. They may prove a valuable addition to the second team, But until the season starts we shall not know just how good they are.”

Mr Brown describes the prospects for the year as “fairly bright.” The square and the rest of the pitch were in excellent condition.

As yet there are no new players in the first XI. The Yorkshire Council side will be without one of their best batsmen, David Thompson, of Cowper Road, Mexborough, who joined the Army this year.

Denaby and Cadeby

Denaby and Cadeby, who had quite a successful season last year, are looking forward with confidence to this year.

Mr. Amos Jones, general cricket and financial secretary, said this week : “The pitch is in tip top condition and we are looking forward to a good season.”

The club will be competing in the Yorkshire Council South Riding League (Division “A”) once again and the second team in the Doncaster League. As far as they know they will have all last season’s players and in addition batsman Terry Platts, who has recently finished his National Service, and Peter Elkins, an all-rounder, who was with Frickley last season. Dick Cory will captain the first team and Arthur Hough the second.

The first matches will be on May 2nd away to Aston Hall (Council) and home to Maltby (Doncaster League)


Practice wickets have been available for a week or so at Swinton and an invitation is extended to players to take part. Swinton open their Council programme on May 2nd at home to Beighton, but the Doncaster League side are away tomorrow. It is expected that all the Swinton stalwarts will be available.

George Kitchen will captain the first eleven and Frank Knutton the second eleven.


Adwick, who will once more compete in the Doncaster League (Divisions I and II), had their first club practice on Sunday and there will be net practice through the season on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

The first eleven, which opens tomorrow at New Stubbin, will again be led by Frank Weaver, and the second team, the captain of which will be Cyril Lawton, open their programme at home tomorrow. A number of attractive Sunday friendly games—both home and away—have been arranged, among them against Sheffield and Barnby Moor. The new changing rooms and tearoom, pride of the club, well of course, be in use from the start of the season.


A new committee has been formed by Kilnhurst Colliery. Presently Mrs E Dawson, chairman Mr E Benson and secretary Mr R Birks.

A practice was held on the welfare ground on Tuesday. The club will run two teams in the Doncaster League