Yorkshire opens its campaign in the Royal London Cup with two games in four days – away to Red Rose rivals Lancashire and at home to Gloucestershire.
The White Rose county do not have a good record against either of these opponent in limited-overs matches of at least 40 overs duration: in the 62 games played against Lancashire 21 have been won and 34 lost whilst against Gloucestershire the totals are 20 won and 29 lost in 54 matches.
Yorkshire’s first game against Lancashire in such matches was in 1967 in the fifth season of the Gillette Cup at Old Trafford. The hosts won an exciting quarter-final by just four runs. Two years later Yorkshire were meeting Gloucestershire for the first time. This was a game at the Wagon Works Ground,
Gloucester in the John Player League and, again, the visitors were defeated by a narrow margin the difference this time being 12 runs.
August 11, 2010 at Headingley: Yorkshire 247-5 in 40 overs (A McGrath 76, AW Gale 61); Gloucestershire 224 in 38.4 overs (WTS Porterfield 53, HJH Marshall 53, RM Pyrah 4-43). Yorkshire won by 23 runs.
This was the ninth match of Yorkshire’s Clydesdale Bank 40 campaign and they had won seven of their first eight, losing only one – to Gloucestershire in an emphatic defeat at Cheltenham. The home side had amassed 294 for six but, despite 84 from Adam Lyth and a half-century from Tim Bresnan, the visitors lost by 65 runs.
Yorkshire were leading the table at this stage but Gloucestershire, with six wins from seven matches, were in second place and had a game in hand. The two counties were in one of three groups each of which consisted of seven teams. With only semi-final places to play for, a team with a final position of second had only a 33% chance of progressing.
This was a day/night game and so started in the late afternoon. Yorkshire won the toss and had no hesitation in batting, the success-rate of chasing a target under floodlights in England being very low. Skipper Andrew Gale dominated his opening partnership with Jaques Rudolph which was worth 71 when it was ended by former Yorkshire-player Richard Dawson bowling the latter.
Gale then continued to play aggressively and reached his half-century from only 46 balls before being run-out, for 61 from 62 balls, by a direct hit from Steve Kirby, another former Yorkshire-player. After hitting six fours and two sixes he had been attempting to take a quick single to short third man. Dawson claimed another victim when he dismissed Lyth but wicket-keeper Gerard Brophy then joined Anthony McGrath and they put together the highest stand of the innings in adding 75 together.
The pair began somewhat cautiously and the run-rate dropped but the passing of the 150-mark seemed to act as an impetus and McGrath then began to play with much greater urgency.
The fielding restrictions changed and he was able to use ‘power and precision’ (Yorkshire Yearbook) to carve the Gloucestershire bowling to all parts of the ground. He lost Brophy for a valuable 33 before himself being a victim of the Yorkshire-connection combination of ‘c Dawson b Kirby’. (In fact those two players had a hand in all five of the home side’s wickets.)
The innings ended with Jonny Bairstow and Bresnan hitting out energetically and 86 runs came from the final seven overs. Most of the Gloucestershire bowlers were expensive, especially Jonathan Lewis, whose eight overs cost 64, but Dawson was the most economical, him taking two for 32 from his eight overs.
The visitors also made a good start to their innings with a 76-run first-wicket partnership between skipper Alex Gidman and Ireland’s William Porterfield. As with Yorkshire’s innings it was the captain who led the way, Gidman scoring 48 from only 34 balls before he was caught by McGrath off the medium-pace bowling of Richard Pyrah who soon claimed another wicket when he bowled the left-handed New Zealander James Franklin. His compatriot Hamish Marshall then joined Porterfield and they added exactly 50 together at a rate good enough to keep Gloucestershire well in contention. Porterfield reached his own half-century but was then almost immediately dismissed by the leg-spin of Adil Rashid; the bowler tempted him to leave his crease and Brophy did the rest.
When the total had reached 160 the visitors were in a strong position; they needed 88 from 12 overs and had seven wickets still in hand. But Pyrah, with two wickets in one over, then gave the game a significant twist but Marshall was still there and he and Surrey-born Ed Young added 40 from 39 balls to keep the pressure on Yorkshire’s bowlers. However it was Marshall, after making 53 from 56 balls, whose wicket was the next one to fall and it was then up to the tail-enders. That it was too tall an order became quickly evident and the innings folded dramatically. Man-of-the-Match Pyrah effected two run-outs, the final five wickets fell in 19 balls for 23 runs and Gloucestershire were all out with eight balls of their innings remaining and lost by 23 runs. Pyrah was the outstanding bowler with four for 43 but Steve Patterson, whose medium-fast bowling cost only slightly more than 4½ per over, was easily the most economical.
This win gave Yorkshire a four-point lead in the table and they went on to win two of their final three games; that was enough to see then finish in first place. Gloucestershire won three of their final four but it was Essex, who beat each of these two counties in their final four games, who finished as runners-up and joined the White Rose county in the semi-finals.
Yorkshire played Warwickshire at Scarborough (Headingley was preparing to stage an ODI the next day) and in a weather-affected game scored 257 for five from 37 overs with Rudolph making his fourth century.in the competition. (His season’s tally of 861 runs at 95.66 was a new Yorkshire record.) Unfortunately, that was not enough and the visitors, with half-centuries from Varun Chopra and Ian Bell, romped home by four wickets with seven balls to spare.
Gloucestershire’s 2010 match heroes:
There is little argument that the career of Richard Dawson is a story of unfulfilled promise. He played for Devon at the age of 18, made his county debut for Yorkshire two years later and his Test debut at the age of 21 taking four wickets in his first innings. Thirteen months later he was playing in the last of his seven Tests and the innings figures of six for 82 that he had taken against Glamorgan in 2001 remained the best of his career. Although he moved counties twice he was aged only 30 when he played his final county game.
Born in Doncaster, he was a pupil at Batley Grammar School and a student at Exeter University; while studying there he made his first-class debut, in 2000, for British Universities, captaining the side, which included James Foster, against the touring Zimbabweans. He came to note as an off-spinner and his first season with Yorkshire clearly demonstrated his potential. Despite playing in only nine matches, there were only two bowlers who took more than his 30 wickets in a squad which won the County Championship. Greater honours followed almost immediately but the dropping of his bowling arm from the vertical consigned him to the list of bowlers who appear to have been picked to play Test cricket too early in their career.
Dawson took 40 and 36 wickets, respectively, in the 2003 and 2004 seasons and was rewarded with a place on the England A tour to Sri Lanka in 2004/05. That remained the nearest he came to representative honours and he was released by Yorkshire in 2006. He spent one season with Northamptonshire and then four with Gloucestershire, but with limited success in both places and his final county game came near the start of the 2011 season. Thereafter he went into coaching and for 2014 returned to the county of his birth to oversee the development of the second eleven.
Dawson’s career in limited-overs matches of 40-60 overs duration consisted of 130 matches in which he took exactly the same number of wickets at an average of 30.85 and a creditable economy rate of 4.93. He took four wickets in an innings on five occasions and his best performance was four for 13 for Yorkshire against Derby shire at Derby in 2002. This game was in the Benson & Hedges Cup and Dawson’s contribution helped see his county through to an emphatic win by 131 runs.
Hamish Marshall is now into his ninth season with Gloucestershire and no longer plays in his native New Zealand. He was born near Auckland in 1979 and played for 14 seasons with Northern Districts, having made his debut at the age of 19. He represented his country in 13 Test matches and 66 ODIs between 2000/01 and 2006/07 and scored over 2000 runs. He has successfully adapted to all three forms of the game through his stylish stroke play and this, allied to his cool temperament, has enabled him to often be relied upon in the middle order.
His first season with an English team was when he played for Buckinghamshire in 2003 and he joined Gloucestershire three years later. He has now scored over 7000 runs for the west-country county in first-class cricket as well as over 2500 runs in limited-overs matches. His 278 games for all teams in this form of the game have brought him over 6700 runs including six centuries. The highest of these was a score of 122 from 105 balls made in the NatWest Pro40 competition in 2007. The game was against Sussex at Hove. Although he and Kadeer Ali put on 180 together for the second wicket they were completely upstaged by Luke Wright who made 125 from a mere 73 balls and Sussex knocked off Gloucestershire’s 266 for seven with two wickets and nine balls to spare.
So far as the current season is concerned Marshall, at the age of 35, is still a regular in Gloucestershire’s side. By July 20th of the current season he had played in 12 Championship matches, scoring over 700 runs at an average of over 42, as well as 12 NatWest Blast matches in which he has scored over 250 runs. He continues to be one of his county’s most valuable players.
YORKSHIRE IN ALL LIMITED-OVERS (40-65) MATCHES
Correct to end of 2013 season
Played 941, Yorkshire won 465, lost 435 and tied 4; there were 37 No Result matches and a further 39 matches have been abandoned.
Highest innings totals
For Yorkshire 411-6 (50 ovs) v Devon Exmouth 2004
Against Yorkshire 375-4 (40 ovs) by Surrey Scarborough 1995
Lowest innings totals
For Yorkshire 54 (20.2/40 ovs) v Essex Headingley 2003
Against Yorkshire 23 (19.4/40 ovs) by Middlesex Headingley 1974
Highest individual innings
For Yorkshire 191 DS Lehmann v Nottinghamshire Scarborough 2001
Against Yorkshire 177 SA Newman for Surrey The Oval 2009
For Yorkshire 7-15 RA Hutton v Worcestershire Headingley 1969
Against Yorkshire 7-32 RGD Willis for Warwickshire Edgbaston 1981
Most dismissals in a match by a wicket-keeper
For Yorkshire 5 (6 instances: 3 by RJ Blakey, 2 by DL Bairstow and 1 by GL Brophy)
Against Yorkshire 5 (3 instances: 1 each for Bangladesh A, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire)
Most catches in a match by a fielder
For Yorkshire 4 C Johnson v Northamptonshire Huddersfield 1974
Against Yorkshire 4 (3 instances: 2 for Surrey, 1 each for Middlesex and Worcestershire)
A century and four wickets in the same match
For Yorkshire C White 100 & 4-35 v Surrey Headingley 2002
Against Yorkshire no instances
A half-century and five wickets in the same match
PJ Hartley 52 & 5-46 v Hampshire Southampton 1990
GM Hamilton 57 & 5-34 v Sussex Scarborough 2000
C White 64 & 5-19 v Somerset Scarborough 2002
DJ Capel 67 & 5-51 for Northants Headingley 1997
Text and statistics compiled by Paul Dyson