Yorkshire County Cricket Club

Yorkshire County Cricket Club, who represent the historic county of Yorkshire, are one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure. Their limited overs team is called the Yorkshire Carnegie (formerly Yorkshire Phoenix), whose current (2008) kit colours are black with gold trim and the shirt sponsor is Bradford and Bingley (building society).

The club plays most of their home games at the Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds. The club have another significant venue at North Marine Road, Scarborough, which houses the annual Scarborough Festival. Yorkshire has also played games around the county at various locations: notably at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, which was the club's original home; Horton Park Avenue, Bradford; St George's Ground, Harrogate; Anlaby Road, Hull; and Acklam Park, Middlesbrough.


First XI honours

  • Champion County (2) - 1867, 1870; shared (3) - 1868, 1869, 1883
  • County Championship (30) - 1893, 1896, 1898, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1905, 1908, 1912, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1946, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 2001; shared (1) - 1949
  • FP Trophy (3) - 1965, 1969, 2002
  • National League (1) - 1983
  • Twenty20 Cup (0) -
  • Benson & Hedges Cup (1) - 1987

Second XI honours

  • Second XI Championship (4) - 1977, 1984, 1991, 2003; shared (1) - 1987
  • Second XI Trophy (0) -
  • Minor Counties Championship (5) - 1947, 1957, 1958, 1968, 1971

Other honours

  • Fenner Trophy (3) - 1972, 1974, 1981
  • Asda Challenge (1) - 1987
  • Ward Knockout Cup (1) - 1989
  • Joshua Tetley Festival Trophy (6) - 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998; shared (1) - 1992
  • Tilcon Trophy (1) - 1988
  • Under-25 Competition (3) - 1976, 1978, 1987
  • Bain Clarkson Trophy (1) - 1994

Earliest cricket

For information about Yorkshire cricket before the county club was founded, see: Sheffield Cricket Club

The earliest known references to cricket in Yorkshire are as late as 1751. These relate to local matches in Sheffield and to a game on or soon after Monday 5 August at Stanwick, near Richmond, between the Duke of Cleveland's XI and Earl of Northumberland's XI (the same teams had earlier played in Durham and this is Durham's earliest cricket reference).

On Tuesday 7 July 1761, the Leeds Intelligencer (now the Yorkshire Post) announced a game to be played at Chapeltown the following Thursday (9 July) and this is the first game we know of in the Leeds area.

Sheffield quickly became the main centre for cricket in Yorkshire. In September 1757 a match took place between Wirksworth and Sheffield at Brampton Moor, near Chesterfield. This is the earliest reference to cricket in Derbyshire. It may also be the earliest indication of the Sheffield club that eventually became Yorkshire CCC. Sheffield are recorded in matches against Leeds in 1765 and, more significantly, against Nottingham Cricket Club in August 1771.

The Sheffield club continued to play first-class games into the 19th century. In 1833, the team is referred to as Yorkshire for the first time and in 1849 we find the first Yorkshire v Lancashire Roses Match.

Origin of club

On 7 March 1861, a Match Fund Committee to run Yorkshire county matches was established in Sheffield, which had by then been the home of Yorkshire cricket for nearly 100 years. It was from this fund that Yorkshire CCC was founded two years later. This was an exact parallel with the formation of Sussex CCC from a similar fund (1836–1839).

On 8 January 1863, the formation of Yorkshire CCC was agreed at a meeting of the Sheffield Match Fund Committee in the Adelphi Hotel, Sheffield. The club was originally based at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Its current base at Headingley in Leeds was first established in 1888.

Yorkshire CCC played its initial first-class match versus Surrey at The Oval on 4, 5 & 6 June. It was a rain-affected draw, evenly balanced. The first captain was Roger Iddison. Mr Michael Ellison was the club's first President and his financial support kept the club afloat in its early years. It was not all plain sailing. In 1865 5 players, George Anderson, George Atkinson, Roger Iddison, Joe Rowbotham and Ned Stephenson refused to play against Surrey after a dispute over the action of a Kent bowler, their colleague in an all-England match against Surrey. Anderson never played for Yorkshire again.

Club history

Golden years

Yorkshire won all seven of their matches in 1867 and their first, unofficial, County Championship. Lord Hawke was appointed Captain in 1883, bringing much needed authority and discipline to an often fractious side. One of the great early figures in the game, Lord Hawke was captain for 28 years, later becoming Yorkshire President and President of MCC.

Yorkshire played their first game at Headingley in 1891 and two years later a major reorganization of the Club saw its centre of operations shift from Sheffield to Leeds. They dominated the early county championship. In 1896 Yorkshire amassed the highest score in county cricket - 887 against Warwickshire at Birmingham and from 1900 to 1902 Yorkshire lost only two Championship matches of 80 played.

Yorkshire went through the 1908 season unbeaten and bowled Northamptonshire out for 42, the lowest aggregate score in English cricket (27 and 15). Lord Hawke resigned as Captain in 1910 and it took the Great War to interrupt Yorkshire's long run of success.

Yorkshire won the first post-war Championship in 1919, a year which saw the debut of the great Herbert Sutcliffe and of Yorkshire legend Emmott Robinson, and remained the dominant force in the County Championship until the Second World War, often dismissing lesser sides without recourse to a third day's play. They won every year from 1922 to 1925 and 7 more times in the 1930s. The team won 25 of their games in 1923, for instance, with Rhodes and Roy Kilner doing the double in these matches alone, 4 other batsmen scored 1,000 runs and 3 other bowlers, including the great George Macaulay, took 100 wickets.

The kingpin of much of this success, Wilfred Rhodes retired in 1930, taking 73 wickets and scoring 478 runs in his final season at the age of 53. JM Kilburn wrote in the Yorkshire Post: "He had bowled at W.G. Grace, and he bowled at Don Bradman. At 20, at 30, at 40 and at 50 he had shown himself master of his world, and his kingdom was never usurped." This colossus was hardly missed however as the brilliant Hedley Verity, another skilful slow left armer, dominated a decade of featherbed batting pitches. The Yorkshire batsmen prospered with Percy Holmes and Sutcliffe putting on a record opening stand of 555 against Essex at Leyton in 1932.

The immaculate Herbert Sutcliffe formed a famous opening partnership with Surrey great Jack Hobbs for England, while Wilfred Rhodes and George Herbert Hirst rank with the finest all rounders the game has ever produced. A 22 year old Len Hutton scored a then world record 364 against Australia at the Oval and returned after the war, despite a serious arm injury, to become England's first professional captain and prove himself perhaps the most complete opening batsman since Jack Hobbs.

Large crowds flocked to the cricket after the Second World War with 47,000 people attending the 3 days of the Roses Match at Bramall Lane in 1946. Yorkshire won the first post-war Championship and mercurial spinner Johnny Wardle made his debut while Bob Appleyard became the first bowler to take 200 wickets in his first full season in 1951. The 50s were dominated by Surrey's unbroken hegemony and stern action was taken. Billy Sutcliffe, Herbert's son, lost the captaincy to 39 year old Bradford League veteran Ronnie Burnet and Wardle was sacked for his 'general behaviour' and writing an article deemed critical of the club. Yorkshire finished out of the top ten for the first time ever in Burnet's first season, but in his second and final stint the club regained the County Championship.

The sixties saw a new Yorkshire team emerge and dominate the first class game. Brian Close was made Captain in 1963 and won the Championship in his first season. Immaculate right-hander Doug Padgett, obdurate opener Geoff Boycott, canny off spinner Ray Illingworth, ever present keeper Jimmy Binks, belligerent left-hander Brian Close, hard hitting Jack Hampshire and 'Fiery' Fred Trueman combined in one of the great county teams. As this team began to break up however, Close was controversially sacked in 1970 and there began a long-running current of unrest in the Club. There was sadness too in 1973 when Bramall Lane, the first home of Yorkshire CCC, was closed after over 400 first class matches.

Starting to struggle

Geoff Boycott captained Yorkshire for most of the 1970s, but success eluded the team, even when Boycott forswore test cricket for 3 years to concentrate on the county game. He was sacked as captain amid much furore after the 1978 season. There were endless problems in a faction ridden dressing room and problems between the Committee and some leading players. 1982 saw a bizarre move in which team manager Ray Illingworth, who had returned to manage the club from Leicestershire, replaced Chris Old as Captain, at the age of 50.

Yorkshire finished bottom of the 17-strong County Championship for the first time in 1983 but won the John Player (later National League) for the first time. Geoffrey Boycott, one of Yorkshire's most iconic players, was not offered a new contract. There was a public outcry, the General Committee resigned, and Boycott eventually was reinstalled as a player - having already been elected to the Committee. Brian Close became Chairman of the Cricket Committee.

In 1984–1985 Team Manager Ray Illingworth was removed from his post, and Boycott was made Vice-Captain. In 1987 Yorkshire, under new Captain Phil Carrick, led the Championship table in mid-summer, and won the Benson and Hedges Cup. Carrick resigned his post in 1989 in a letter to the Committee which urged the recruitment of an overseas professional.

After long having a policy of playing on many 'out' grounds, Yorkshire decided in 1997 to limit play to Scarborough and Headingley. A majority of members supported a plan to build a new ground near Wakefield, but this never came about.

Signs of revival

More recently paceman Matthew Hoggard and Manchester born England captain Michael Vaughan have proved major stars for county and country alike, both of them making major contributions to England's recovery of The Ashes in the 2005 season.

In clinching the match against Glamorgan at Scarborough in 2001 the club won its first County Championship since 1968 under the flinty captaincy of locally born David Byas (who returned in 2005 as director of cricket). A poor season followed in 2002 however and the County was relegated to Division Two of the championship. This disappointment was tempered by a memorable victory over Gloucestershire in the final of the C&G Trophy at Lord's. A financial crisis forced an extraordinary general meeting, at which General Committee was replaced by a Board of Management.

A fine Division Two Championship season in 2005, where they remained unbeaten until the last game, meant promotion and Yorkshire began 2006 once again in Division One.

Colin Graves, Chief Executive for three years and chairman of the Club's leading sponsor, Costcutter, was replaced as Chief Executive by Stewart Regan, but retained his place on the Board, becoming Chairman.

Progress stalls

In the 2006 County Championship Yorkshire survived relegation in the last match of the season against Durham. A score of 677-7dec against Durham combined with Nottinghamshire's innings and 245 run defeat by the champions Sussex meant that Yorkshire finished 6th, 2 places and 1 point above the relegation zone.

After the final match of the season Craig White resigned as captain stating: "Now is the appropriate moment to go. I led Yorkshire to promotion last season and we stayed up this year, I am proud of my record and will support to the hilt whoever takes over". Yorkshire fans waved goodbye to a legend in the match against Durham, with Darren Lehmann retiring from the county game. Left-hander Michael Lumb left the club for Hampshire while Richard Dawson, Richard Blakey and Mitchell Claydon were released.

Moxon and Rush bring new hope

At the start of the season the Yorkshire-born Sussex captain Chris Adams was approached to take the vacant captaincy position at the club However, after being introduced to his new colleagues, Adams staged a dramatic U-turn, stating the role was too much for him. This was a setback for Regan and seemed to put Yorkshire behind schedule with a threadbare squad. However, things began to look up with the announcement of high profile signings Younus Khan and Jacques Rudolph. Rudolph signed for the county under the Kolpak Ruling on a three year deal on 23 January 2007. On 28 February Darren Gough was announced as captain for the 2007 season, rejoining the county after his three year stint at Essex. Following this appointment, a long running dispute with batsman Anthony McGrath was resolved. The renaissance was complete with the return of Martyn Moxon from Durham as Director of Professional Cricket. In addition to this England Captain Michael Vaughan committed the remainder of his county level career to Yorkshire while leaving the contract open enough that he can play for England whenever available. Since Vaughan's retirement as captain and subsequent omission from England's one-day side, Yorkshire could expect to see a lot more of the England test captain.

Yorkshire made a record breaking start to the 2007 season against Surrey at the Oval. Debutant centurion Jacques Rudolph and promising all-rounder Adil Rashid put on a record 6th wicket partnership for Yorkshire against Surrey of 190. This was somewhat overshadowed by the magnificent 246 stand between Tim Bresnan and Jason Gillespie (who both made hundreds) which is a Yorkshire record for the 9th wicket. Gillespie's 123* was also a highest score for Yorkshire by a number 10 batsman.

By the time the mid-season break came around, Yorkshire were sitting at the top of the County Championship. The following, rain-hit months saw Yorkshire falter slightly in the Championship, drawing 6 on the bounce and suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of old enemy Lancashire, leaving them win-less since 9 May. In mid-August, Yorkshire turned to Inzamam-ul-Haq, brought in as a replacement for Younus Khan who left for the Twenty20 World Championship, to try to reignite the drive for the Championship title. His debut came on a freezing morning in Scarborough against Warwickshire. Yorkshire skittled the opponents for just 129 in the first innings. After 15 games Yorkshire were still top of the league, however many of their championship rivals had a game in hand on them. After a rained off draw with Hampshire in their last game Yorkshire eventually finished sixth, the exact same position they had finished in the previous season when they had been battling relegation even with 20 more points than their total in the previous season.

Ground history

As with all county cricket clubs, Yorkshire CCC represents the historic county and not any modern or current administrative unit. In Yorkshire's case, this means the three ridings and the City of York, although the club played some home matches outside the historic borders at Abbeydale Park in Sheffield from 1974 to 1996.

Yorkshire first played at North Marine Road, Scarborough in 1878. This is the venue for the annual Scarborough Festival matches.

The club was founded on January 8, 1863 in the Adelphi Hotel, Sheffield based at Bramall Lane. Headingley in Leeds was first established in 1888. Test cricket was first played at Headingley in 1899 eight years later than it hosted its first ever first-class game against Kent County Cricket Club in 1891. From 1891 the club's headquarters moved to Headingley, although 'out grounds' in Hull, Sheffield, Bradford, Middlesbrough and Harrogate were used with great success until recent years.

A move to a new site near Wakefield was mooted but, despite an expensive publicity campaign, this foundered on Yorkshire's inability to secure a cost-effective break of their lease on the ground. Yorkshire currently play most of their home matches at Headingley with two profitable festival weeks in the east coast holiday town of Scarborough.

On 31 December 2005 Yorkshire County Cricket Club purchased the cricket ground for £12 million with the help of a £9 million loan from Leeds City Council. This purchase ensures that Test Cricket continues at the venue with a 15 year staging agreement. On 11 January 2006 the stadium was officially renamed the Headingley Carnegie Stadium as a result of sponsorship from Leeds Metropolitan University and the club announced plans on the 11th January 2006 to rebuild the stand next to the rugby ground with 3,000 extra seats, taking capacity to 20,000. The club also announced plans to redevelop the Winter shed (North) stand on 25th August 2006 providing a £12.5Million Pavilion Complex.

This following table gives details of every venue at which Yorkshire have hosted a first-class or List A cricket match:

Name of ground Location Year FC
Headingley Carnegie Leeds 1891-present 392 222 17 631
Bramall Lane Sheffield 1863-1973 391 5   396
Park Avenue Bradford 1881-1996 306 48 354
North Marine Road Scarborough 1874-present 233 79 312
The Circle Hull 1899-1990 88 19 107
St George's Road Harrogate 1894-2000 91 5 96
Fartown Huddersfield 1873-1982 72 9 81
Acklam Park Middlesbrough 1956-1996 45 24 69
Abbeydale Park Sheffield 1974-1996 41 12 53
Dewsbury and Savile Dewsbury 1867-1933 43 43
Great Horton Road Bradford 1863-1874 8 8
Thrum Hall Halifax 1888-1897 4 4
Shaw Lane Barnsley 1975-1978 4 4
Recreation Ground Holbeck 1968-1986 3 3
Swatter's Car Middlesbrough 1864-1867 2 2
Woodhouse Hill Hunslet 1869 1 1
College Grove Wakefield 1878 1 1
Town Cricket Club Ground Hull 1879 1 1
Linthorpe Road West Middlesbrough 1882 1 1
Hall Park Ground Horsforth 1885 1 1
Wigginton Road York 1890 1 1
Saville Park Castleford 1967 1 1
Source: cricketarchive
Updated: 23 March 2008

Coaching staff

  • Director of Pro Cricket: Martyn Moxon
  • Director of Cricket Operations: Ian Dews
  • Batting Coach: Kevin Sharp
  • Bowling Coach: Steve Oldham
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach: Dean Riddle
  • First XI Physiotherapist: Scott McAllister
  • Second XI Physiotherapist: Mohammed Seraj


For the honour of the County

Yorkshiremen are regarded as fanatical in their support of their native county, and in cricketing matters especially. The famous 'Roses Matches against Lancashire are second only to Anglo-Australian Tests in terms of history, tradition and competitiveness.

Yorkshire CCC was famous for insisting that its players must have been born within the historic county boundaries of Yorkshire, a rule not dropped until 1992, and Yorkshire's results suffered through the seventies and eighties as other counties raced to sign major overseas stars.

Due to a lack of playing success, this rule was firstly modified to allow those educated within the County to play (a dispensation used by Michael Vaughan) and then abandoned altogether. Sachin Tendulkar was the first player to take advantage of this new freedom and, incidentally, was the first Asian to be selected for Yorkshire, when he played as an overseas player. Other overseas players to have worn the famous white rose cap include Australian middle order batsmen Michael Bevan and Darren Lehmann, Australian paceman Jason Gillespie and West Indian Richie Richardson.

Ethnic minority players

Yorkshire has a large ethnic minority population and, for many years, the inability of players from the ethnic minority communities to force their way into the 1st team has been a controversial issue. The County authorities regularly insist that they have an equal opportunities policy and that they take vigorous steps to encourage players from all backgrounds. However, it has manifestly not borne fruit and the low number of players (and spectators) from the ethnic minority communities continues to be a source of embarrassment.

It was not until 2003 that Dewsbury's Ismail Dawood became the first British-born Asian to play for Yorkshire. In 2006, all-rounder Adil Rashid made his debut against Warwickshire and produced figures of 6/67 with his leg spin in the second innings, helping to reduce Warwickshire to an innings defeat. Yorkshire's academy team also contains the first Yorkshire player of an Asian background to captain England at any level, U15s Captain Azeem Rafiq.

Club captains

For the full list of club captains, see: Yorkshire cricket captains

It is a curious fact that three Yorkshire players Stanley Jackson, Len Hutton and Michael Vaughan have captained England to success in The Ashes yet none of them have been club captain at Yorkshire. Ray Illingworth was playing for Leicestershire CCC when he was captain of England.

From 1883 to 1959 inclusive, Yorkshire always had an amateur club captain. The extent of leadership given by these gentlemen has long been a subject of discussion. Hawke and Sellers are generally held to have been autocratic and decisive, but in fact both relied heavily on sound professional advice. At the other extreme, Wilfred Rhodes is supposed to have been the de facto captain from 1920 to 1930, but it is a fact that Major Arthur Lupton took the diplomatic lead when a row erupted between Yorkshire and Middlesex during his tenure.

Lord Hawke famously said, at the Yorkshire Annual General Meeting in 1925: "Pray God, no professional shall ever captain England. I love and admire them all, but we have always had an amateur skipper and when the day comes when we shall have no more amateurs captaining England it will be a thousand pities. In view of this, it is perhaps surprising that, when Arthur Lupton retired at the end of the 1927 season, Hawke was one of the sponsors of the suggestion that Herbert Sutcliffe should turn amateur and become the Yorkshire captain. In the event, there was sufficient opposition to the idea amongst the Yorkshire committee and players (some of the latter felt that Wilfred Rhodes, as senior professional, had a prior claim), that the proposal was dropped.

2008 squad

The Yorkshire squad for the 2008 season currently consists of (this section could change as players are released or signed):

Players with international caps are listed in bold.

No Name Nat Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
26 Andrew Gale ENG LHB LS
9 Adam Lyth ENG LHB RM
10 Anthony McGrath ENG RHB RM
24 Jacques Rudolph RSA LHB LS Kolpak
22 Joe Sayers ENG LHB OS
2 Chris Taylor ENG RHB RMF
13 Craig White ENG RHB RFM
7 Michael Vaughan ENG RHB OS Central contract
27 Richard Pyrah ENG RHB RM
3 Adil Rashid ENG RHB LS
20 Gerard Brophy RSA RHB
23 Simon Guy ENG RHB
6 Greg Wood ENG LHB
16 Tim Bresnan ENG RHB RMF
11 James Finch ENG RHB OS
8 Darren Gough (c) ENG RHB RFM
14 Matthew Hoggard ENG RHB RFM Central contract
12 Oliver Hannon-Dalby ENG RHB RF
5 Deon Kruis RSA RHB RFM Kolpak
30 Mark Lawson ENG RHB LS
28 James Lee ENG LHB RF
65 Morne Morkel RSA LHB RF Overseas player during Naved's absence
25 Rana Naved PAK RHB RMF Overseas player
18 Ben Sanderson ENG RHB RM
17 Steven Patterson ENG RHB RMF
4 Ajmal Shahzad ENG RHB RMF
29 David Wainwright ENG LHB SLA

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Highest Yorkshire totals

Score Opposition Venue City Year
887 Warwickshire Edgbaston Birmingham 1896
704 Surrey The Oval London 1899
681-5d Sussex Bramall Lane Sheffield 1897
677-7d Durham Headingley Leeds 2006
673-8d Northamptonshire Headingley Leeds 2003
622 Derbyshire Queen's Park Chesterfield 1898
660 Leicestershire Grace Road Leicester 1986
600-4d Worcestershire North Marine Road Scarborough 1995

Highest totals against each county

Opposition Score Venue City Year
Derbyshire 662 Queen's Park Chesterfield 1898
Durham 677-7d Headingley Leeds 2006
Essex 555-1d Leyton Cricket Ground Leyton 1932
Glamorgan 580-9d North Marine Road Scarborough 2001
Gloucestershire 504-7d Park Avenue Bradford 1905
Hampshire 585-3d Recreation Ground Portsmouth 1920
Kent 559 St Lawrence Ground Canterbury 1887
Lancashire 590 Park Avenue Bradford 1887
Leicestershire 660 Grace Road Leicester 1896
Middlesex 575-7d Park Avenue Bradford 1899
Northamptonshire 673-8d Headingley Leeds 2003
Nottinghamshire 562 Park Avenue Bradford 1899
Somerset 589-5 Recreation Ground Bath 2001
Surrey 704 The Oval London 1899
Sussex 681-5d Bramall Lane Sheffield 1897
Warwickshire 887 Edgbaston Birmingham 1896
Worcestershire 600-4d North Marine Road Scarborough 1995

Lowest Yorkshire totals

Score Opposition Venue City Year
23 Hampshire Acklam Park Middlesbrough 1965
26 Surrey The Oval London 1909
30 Kent Bramall Lane Sheffield 1865
31 Essex Fartown Huddersfield 1935
32 Nottinghamshire Bramall Lane Sheffield 1876
33 Lancashire Headingley Leeds 1924

Lowest totals against Yorkshire

Score Opposition Venue City Year
13 Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge Nottingham 1901
15 Northamptonshire County Ground Northampton 1908
20 Sussex The Circle Hull 1922
20 Derbyshire Bramall Lane Sheffield 1939
23 Australians Headingley Leeds 1902
23 Derbyshire The Circle Hull 1921


Tied matches

Score Opposition Venue City Year
Tie Leicestershire Fartown Huddersfield 1954
Tie Middlesex Park Avenue Bradford 1973

Largest margin of innings victory

Score Opposition Venue City Year
Inns & 397 runs Northamptonshire St George's Road Harrogate 1921
Inns & 387 runs Derbyshire Queen's Park Chesterfield 1898
Inns & 343 runs Northamptonshire Headingley Leeds 2003
Inns & 321 runs Leicestershire Aylestone Road Leicester 1908
Inns & 314 runs Northamptonshire County Ground Northampton 1908
Inns & 313 runs Essex Leyton Cricket Ground Leyton 1932
Inns & 307 runs Sussex Bramall Lane Sheffield 1897
Inns & 260 runs Worcestershire Headingley Leeds 2007

Largest margin of runs victory

Score Opposition Venue City Year
389 runs Somerset Recreation Ground Bath 1906
370 runs Hampshire Headingley Leeds 1904
351 runs Northamptonshire County Ground, Northampton Northampton 1947
346 runs Surrey The Oval London 2007
328 runs Somerset Park Avenue Bradford 1930
328 runs Glamorgan St Helen's Swansea 2001
320 runs Durham Riverside Ground Chester-le-Street 2004
308 runs Warwickshire Edgbaston Birmingham 1921

Narrowest margin of runs victory

Score Opposition Venue City Year
1 run Middlesex Park Avenue Bradford 1976
2 runs Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge Nottingham 1870
2 runs Middlesex Headingley Leeds 1985
3 runs Essex Castle Park Colchester 1991
4 runs Glamorgan Cardiff Arms Park Cardiff 1957

Victory after following on

Score Opposition Venue City Year
4 runs Gloucestershire Bramall Lane Sheffield 1879
15 runs Surrey The Oval London 1890
40 runs Sussex Bramall Lane Sheffield 1892
50 runs Somerset Bramall Lane Sheffield 1951
66 runs Rest of England The Oval London 1959

Defeat after opponents followed on

Score Opposition Venue City Year
6 runs Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge Nottingham 1863
26 runs Cambridge UCCE Fenner's Cambridge 1886

Partnership record for each wicket

Wicket Score Batting partners Opposition Venue City Year
1st 555 Percy Holmes & Herbert Sutcliffe Essex Leyton Cricket Ground Leyton

2nd 346 Wilfred Barber & Maurice Leyland Middlesex Bramall Lane Sheffield 1932
3rd 323 Herbert Sutcliffe & Maurice Leyland Glamorgan Fartown Huddersfield 1928
4th 358 Darren Lehmann & Michael Lumb Durham Headingley Leeds 2006
5th 340 Edward Wainwright & George Hirst Surrey The Oval London 1899
6th 276 Maurice Leyland & Emmott Robinson Glamorgan St.Helen's Swansea 1926
7th 254 Wilfred Rhodes & David Burton Hampshire Dewsbury & Savile Dewsbury 1919
8th 292 Bobby Peel & Lord Hawke Warwickshire Edgbaston Birmingham 1896
9th 246 Tim Bresnan & Jason Gillespie Surrey The Oval London 2007
10th 149 Geoff Boycott & Graham Stevenson Warwickshire Edgbaston Birmingham 1982

Player records

Top 20 first-class appearance makers for Yorkshire

Player Career span Matches Player Career span Matches
1. Wilfred Rhodes 1898-1930 883 11. Doug Padgett 1951-1971 487
2. George Hirst 1891-1929 717 12. Percy Holmes 1913-1933 485
3. David Denton 1894-1920 676 13. Vic Wilson 1946-1962 477
4. Herbert Sutcliffe 1919-1945 603 14. John Tunnicliffe 1891-1907 474
5. Maurice Leyland 1920-1946 548 15. Fred Trueman 1949-1968 459
6. Brian Close 1949-1970 536 16. Jackie Hampshire 1961-1981 456
7. Schofield Haigh 1895-1913 513 17. Geoff Boycott 1962-1986 414
8. Lord Hawke 1881-1911 512 18. Phil Sharpe 1958-1974 411
9. Ray Illingworth 1951-1983 496 19. George Ulyett 1873-1893 359
10. Jimmy Binks 1955-1969 491 20. Sir Len Hutton 1934-1955 341


Player Information
Highest score 1. George Hirst
2. Darren Lehmann
3. Percy Holmes
341 v Leicestershire at Grace Road, Leicester in 1905
339 v Durham at Headingley, Leeds in 2006
315* v Middlesex at Lord's, London in 1925
Most runs in season 1. Herbert Sutcliffe
2. Len Hutton
3. Len Hutton
2,883 in 1932
2,640 in 1949
2,448 in 1937
Most runs in career 1. Herbert Sutcliffe
2. David Denton
3. Geoff Boycott
38,561 between 1919 and 1945
33,282 between 1894 and 1920
32,570 between 1963 and 1986


Player Information
Best bowling (innings) 1. Hedley Verity
2. Alonzo Drake
3. Hedley Verity
10-10 v Nottinghamshire at Headingley, Leeds in 1932
10-35 v Somerset at Clarence Park, Weston-super-Mare in 1914
10-36 v Warwickshire at Headingley, Leeds in 1931
Best bowling (match) 1. Hedley Verity
2. Bill Bowes
3. Tom Emmett
17-91 v Essex at Leyton Cricket Ground, Leyton in 1933
16-35 v Northamptonshire at Town Ground, Kettering in 1935
16-38 v Cambridgeshire at Woodhouse Hill Ground, Hunslet in 1869
Most wickets in season 1. Wilfred Rhodes
2. Wilfred Rhodes
3. George Hirst
240 in 1900
233 in 1901
201 in 1906
Most wickets in career 1. Wilfred Rhodes
2. George Hirst
3. Schofield Haigh
3,608 between 1898 and 1930
2,477 between 1891 and 1929
1,876 between 1895 and 1913


Player Information
Most victims in innings David Bairstow 7 v Derbyshire at North Marine Road, Scarborough in 1982
Most victims in season Jimmy Binks 107 v in 1960

Facts and feats

  • Yorkshire achieved 4 centuries in one innings when Stanley Jackson (117), Ted Wainwright (126), Bobby Peel (210*) and Lord Hawke (166) all hit tons v Warwickshire in 1896. They have achieved the feat of 3 individual centuries in an innings on 20 occasions, most recently against Surrey at The Oval in 2007.
  • The batsman with the highest average for Yorkshire CCC is not Geoff Boycott, Len Hutton or Herbert Sutcliffe. In 88 first-class matches, Darren Lehmann scored 8,532 runs at an average of 68.77 including 26 first-class centuries. In his final innings for the county in September 2006, he made 339, two shy of George Hirst's all time county record. It was the first triple hundred by a Yorkshire batsman since Herbert Sutcliffe at Leyton in 1932.
  • Yorkshire posted 356 for 8 declared against Northamptonshire CCC in 1905 and then bowled them out for 27 and 15. George Hirst took 12 for 19 and Schofield Haigh 6 for 19.
  • 555, the most famous stand in county history, was posted by Percy Holmes (224*) and Herbert Sutcliffe (313) against Essex CCC on June 16, 1932. After Holmes had been dropped on 3, the pair compiled the 555 in 445 minutes, beating the 554 of fellow Yorkshiremen Jack Brown and John Tunnicliffe. There was a ripple of panic when the score was reassessed as 554 for 1 but a no ball was "discovered" and the final total restored to the new record mark. Bill Bowes and Hedley Verity then bowled Essex out for 78 and 164.
  • Len Hutton scored a record 1,294 runs in June 1949 despite 3 consecutive ducks.
  • Younus Khan (106 & 202*) is the only player to score a hundred and a double hundred in the same match for Yorkshire.
  • WG Grace (318*) is the only player to have a triple hundred against Yorkshire.
  • Herbert Sutcliffe (112) and Geoff Boycott (103) are the only men to get 100 hundreds for Yorkshire.
  • 6 players have score centuries on debut for Yorkshire, Cecil Tyson (100*), Paul Gibb (157*), Martyn Moxon (116), Ashley Metcalfe (122), Michael Bevan (113*) and Jacques Rudolph (122).
  • 3 players have taken all wickets in an innings against Yorkshire, Clarrie Grimmett (10-37 for Australians), Harry Howell (10-51 for Warwickshire and George Wootton (10-54 for All England Eleven).
  • The first day of the Yorkshire v Gloucestershire match at Sheffield in July 1953 was interrupted when lumps of ice, some five inches long, cascaded from the sky and forced the players to run for cover. Wisden called it "an astonishing phenomenon" A commercial aircraft jettisoning water overhead was held to blame. The second days play was abandoned for the more prosaic reason of rain.

See also


External sources

Further reading

  • H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1962
  • Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
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