Friday 10 August 1917
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New records were created on Monday when were decided the semi-finals of the Priestley Charity Cup. After a dull and threatening forenoon, the weather steadily improved until it became perfect by early evening and the attendances at Saltaire Park and Bowling Old Lane surpassed expectations. The larger crowd was seen at Saltaire. On that ground there were 8,500 spectators to watch Tong Park and Idle, and the sum of £117 was taken, an easy record for any match save the final and only once equalled for the final, namely last season when the takings amounted to £118 11s 7d. At Bowling Old Lane the receipts amounted to £63.
There was interesting cricket in both games but at Saltaire the wicket was not at all satisfactory and so the batsmen were handicapped, though Tong Park, thanks partly to errors on the part of the fielders, amassed the biggest total of the day. They won easily in the end, a fact which will gladden the heart of Harry Denby (pictured), their captain, who is now with the forces. Unexpectedly Lidget Green had to acknowledge defeat by Undercliffe who owed much to the bowling of Parkin and Llewellyn and the batting of the latter. Parkin, after a long spell of failure, returned to his old form with the ball. Tong Park are the favourites in the final which takes place on the 18th July at Park Avenue.
Record crowds at Priestley Cup semi-finals
A feature of the Priestley Cup semi- final between Tong Park and Idle at Saltaire was the batting performance of Billy Hutton, who attained his seventeenth birthday last month. Bill comes of a family who have been in the front rank of local cricketers for over half a century. His grandfather, the late Billy Hutton, was one of the founders of the Idle Lilywhites which developed into the village club. Skipper His father, Harry Hutton, has a unique record with Idle. For full thirty years he was the mainstay of the second team, with which he preferred to play, and was the ‘skipper’ for over a decade. One of the finest all-round cricketers ever turned out by the Idle club – or indeed any club in the district – was his  uncle, Jimmy
Hutton, who is now president of that organisation. Young Billy, himself is captain of the eleven representing the Bradford Grammar School where he is a student. With that combination he has an average of 46 as a batsman whilst as a bowler he has taken 40 wickets at a cost of four runs apiece. Thus far he has only been given one trial with Idle as a bowler. On that occasion – it was against East Bierley – he obtained four wickets for 48 runs and each of his victims was clean bowled. Frank Field, that real sportsman who to all intents and purposes is now guiding the destiny of Tong Park, has a great opinion of Billy Hutton. It so happens that the famous Warwickshire bowler is the ‘coach’ at the grammar school; nevertheless he was quite as keen as Cook, his colleague, to get rid of this youthful wielder of the willow. In a talk we had with Frank after the
match, he paid a well-merited tribute to Idle’s promising young cricketer. “He played a jolly fine innings and I was as glad as anyone to see the back of him,” Field said. No flukes “He played both Cook and myself very well indeed and when he made runs they were by no means flukes. His leg glances were as correctly made as they possibly could be. “He is so promising a cricketer that I venture to predict he will go much further than Bradford League cricket and someday will be representing his country.”
Idle teenager tipped for England Test glory
Mr Jack Lennon recently made the biggest score of his life. The popular Thackley cricketer really excelled himself in a match which was on July 28th against Thornton. His score of 62 included twelve boundary strokes and those who witnessed his performance said that he seemed to have taken a liking for Hobbes’ “rockets.” Mr Lennon has been treasurer of the club for many years and he is one of the keenest of sportsmen. Financially, the club owes its success to his efforts for he can always be relied upon to raise sufficient money “to run the show.” Advantages of amateurism From a playing standpoint he is one of the most enthusiastic of cricketers and although he may not always be at the top as a scorer, he never fails to show an excellent example to the other members of the team. A strong opponent to the introduction of professionalism in local cricket, he seizes every opportunity of proclaiming the advantages of amateurism. “He is one of the very best chaps who ever went to the wicket; he is a right sort,” is how one of his admirers described him.
‘Right sort’ Jack excels at the crease
An interesting case relating to child labour was heard at the City Police court on Friday when the Greengates Worsted Co, Albion Road, Greengates, were summoned for employing a child under 14 years of age, contrary to the Factory and Workshops Act. Mr G Allan Taylor, H M Inspector of Factories, said the defendants were charged with employing a child, named Samuel Webster, 13 years of age, as a ”reacher in” full time. Unless he possessed a certificate – which he had not – from the
Education Authority, the defendants were not entitled to employ him full time. Mr A D McGuinness, who defended, claimed that the firm was entitled to employ a child of 13. Not eligible The Bradford Education Authority’s resolution on the matter was that the committee were willing to allow children of 13 years of age to be employed full time by those firms who agreed to discontinue the employment of half timers.
His point was that the defendant firm, never having employed half-timers, which made their position stronger, should not be shut out of the arrangement. The Stipendiary said the evidence showed that application had been made to the Education Authority who had held that the firm was not eligible for inclusion in the arrangement A fine of £2 was imposed, the Stipendiary remarking that some day this country would realise what the employment of children of 13 years means.
Worsted firm fined for employing 13-year-old boy
By the death of Mr Joshua Whitfield of 69 Undercliffe Road, Eccleshill, the district has lost a workman who held a splendid record of unbroken service with one firm. When 11 years of age he entered the employ of Samuel Smith and Sons, reed and heald makers, Ashfield Place and by steady industry and reliable workmanship, rose to the position of foreman and remained with the same firm for 55 years. Certificate In the Coronation year, 1911, he was the recipient of a Bradford Daily Telegraph long-service Roll of Honour certificate, having then been employed with the same firm 40 years. The deceased was taken seriously ill some 12 weeks ago and eventually succumbed to a painful illness in his 66th year. The funeral took place on Saturday.
Loyal worker’s death
Mr Richard Garnett, formerly of Idle, brother of Cllr John Garnett, in a speech at Otley on Friday referred to the action of the Food Controller in serving Yeadon farmers with orders to sell their milk at a price not exceeding 1s 2d per gallon to the retailers. He said the farmers had been served with an order which practically said that they could not part with any milk cows, that they must keep up the supply of milk and that they must sell it to the retailers with whom they were dealing. The farmers declared that it was an absolute impossibility unless they were going to lose money to supply milk under existing conditions. Government responsibility Moreover they insisted that unless the prices of commodities from which milk was produced were also going to be regulated, the production of milk would entirely cease and the responsibility would rest entirely upon the Government officials in London. The foodstuffs had increased by threefold to what they were in 1914 and by the same standard, milk should now be 3s per gallon and yet they were told it could be produced for 1s 2d. Formerly the retailer was getting 25 per cent profit while today he was getting a profit of 6d per gallon. He paid the farmer 1s 2d per gallon for his milk and retailed it at 1s 8d. He did not want to suggest that the Yeadon farmers should disobey the order but the authorities in power should be told that the must be withdrawn.
Farmers say milk price is too low
Miss Nellie Holdsworth of 58 Institute Road, Eccleshill, has rendered splendid service to our soldiers by collecting cigarettes. Having obtained permission of Mr Tom Maley and Mr Peter O’Rourke, she has attended football matches at Park Avenue and Valley Parade for the purpose of collecting cigarettes and money for our gallant lads. Over 50,000 cigarettes have been sent to regiments on active service and many letters of gratitude have been received in return.
Nellie collects cigarettes for the boys at the front
Parties of ‘tired mothers’ accomp- anied in many cases by their young babies enjoyed a day’s outing arranged by the Bradford City Guild of Help. They went by car to Greengates and walked to Ferncliffe, the gardens of which were kindly placed at their disposal by Mrs Fred Foster. Ventriloquial Though the weather was not very favourable an enjoyable day was spent. Dinner and tea were provided and during fine intervals, the women strolled about the grounds. Cpl C E Coxon – well-known in civilian life as Valvo – greatly entertained the party with a ventriloquial performance, having been given leave especially for the purpose A second party of women and babies participated in a similar programme on Thursday through the kindness of another Apperley lady
Tired mothers entertained
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