South Yorkshire Times July 27, 1968
First-Class Batting Against Hickleton
Grimethorpe 186, Hickleton (did not bat)
Grimethorpe (186) drew with Hickleton Main (did not bat) at Grimethorpe in the Yorkshire Council. G rimethorpe went for runs from the start being severe on T. Riley and R. Butler.
J. Hill, 18 overs for 3 for 48, D. Booth (17 over for 3 for 38) and E. Teasdale (3 overs for 3 for 14), bowled steadily on a dead wicket and slow outfield. F. Morton (79) was well supported by G. Pickersgill (20), giving the visitors a formidable task, but after the tea interval the weather became worse and caused an early abandonment.
Rain took over
Mexborough Ath. (did not bat) Darfield 119 all out
Darfield, having taken over as league leaders from Mexborough, elected to bat on a damp wicket in their Yorkshire Council match at Mexborough and openers Stocks (29) and Gibbs (33) added 59 for the first wicket before rain interrupted play.
On the resumption the introduction of Jack Fretwell (6 for 24) into the attack brought about a dramatic change with Stocks being dismissed with the second ball, and two overs later his partner Gibbs being dismissed by the same bowler, who, with the help of P. Wilson (4 for 56) bowling at the opposite end, proceeded to create havoc among the following batsmen.
After such a good start the batting crumpled to 119 all out but the rain put paid to any hopes of a finish, the wicket becoming waterlogged during the tea interval.
Mexborough’s match with E.S.C. on Sunday was abandoned because the ground was unfit.
Tactical Master Stroke
Denaby and Cadeby (79 for. 3) beat Rockingham (78) by seven wickets at Rockingham
Principal individual scorers for Rockingham were C. Dalton (24), D. Pawley (17) and D. Lycett (16) and for Denaby N. Oakley (31 not out), A. Ellis (17) and C. Parker (15 not out).
Best bowling performance for Rockingham was by A. Hitchmough (2 for 34) and for Denaby were by R. Cory (5 for 28) and R. R. Lawley (5 for 39).
When Dick Lawley, the Denaby skipper, asked Dick Cory to bowl an over so that himself and Colin Parker could change ends it proved to be a tactical master stroke for Cory took a wicket with his first ball and Parker never got on to bowl again.
On a green wicket in a humid atmosphere both Lawley and Cory moved the ball about to good effect and none of the Rockingham batsmen mastered their bowling.
The all out score of 78 was no way near formidable enough for the Denaby batsmen and led by Norman Oakley, they hit off the runs with little difficulty.
Halted at Dearne
Dearne had high hopes of gaining their second successive win when, with a full strength side, they entertained International Harvesters in the South Riding
Harvesters made 156 for 9 as a result of attractive stroke play by D. Whiteley (38), B. Camp (30), and L. Lightfoot (25 n.o.).
For the home team, H. Dung-worth took 5 for 52.
Dearne opened their innings with 0. Smith and J. Guild, but after four runs had been scored, down came the rain and the umpires abandoned the match.