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Memory Match: Yorkshire v Warwickshire

— 24 April 2015

We look back on some great Memory Matches down the years against Warwickshire with Paul Dyson (stats) and Nigel Pullan (text).

  • 1909

    July 22, 23, 24: Warwickshire 199 (W Rhodes 6-59) & 191 (ACS Glover 85, GH Hirst 5-49); Yorkshire 315 (D Denton 60, FR Foster 4-65) & 76-5. Yorkshire won by five wickets

    In 1909 Warwickshire finished 12th and then 14th in 1910, there being 16 counties in the Championship at this time. Coming from almost nowhere they were to win the title in 1911 for the first time but not again for 40 years until 1951. They lost at Headingley by five wickets in 1909 but put up a brave fight. Warwickshire batted first on a good wicket compiling a slow 199. Wilfred Rhodes bowled 32.1 overs to take six for 59. He then opened the batting with Benny Wilson, later coach at St Peter’s York, building the foundations for a lead of 116 after rain. The visitors fought back largely due to an amateur called Arthur Charles Stirrup Glover who was captaining the side and made 85 out of 98 in 90 minutes. Yorkshire, requiring only 76 to win, were 41 for five but Jimmy Rothery and Willie Bates saw them home. Rothery died of wounds from the First World War and was commemorated by the Club on the conflict’s 100th anniversary.

  • George Hirst (left) and Wilfred Rhodes

    Yorkshire’s strength lay in the bowling of Rhodes, George Hirst and Schofield Haigh and in their ability to score runs on difficult wickets. There were two interesting players in this match. John Newstead shared a birthplace with Captain Cook, the explorer not the cricketer, at Marton-in-Cleveland and had been a sensation in 1908, his first full season, when he took 140 wickets and scored 927 runs. However he was never the same again and by 1911 struggled to retain a place in the side. An assessment of what happened when he returned to league cricket appears to be unavailable. Sir Everard Radcliffe captained Yorkshire in 1911 having acted as Lord Hawke’s deputy in 1909 – including in this match – and 1910. In 64 matches he had a batting average of 10.86 and took two wickets. The family had lived at Rudding Park near Harrogate since 1824 and there are memorials in the chapel although the estate was sold in 1972. According to Tony Woodhouse Radcliffe was only the third Roman Catholic to be accepted by I Zingari. He was born at Tiverton in Devon.

    Warwickshire also had seasoned professionals such as Arthur Lilley, considered the best wicket-keeper in England, and the diminutive Willie Quaife with Sydney Santall and Frank Field as their main bowlers. The most interesting, however, was Frank Foster who was playing as an amateur. He is the subject of an excellent short biography by Robert Brooke entitled ‘The Fields Were Sudden Bare’, quoting John Clare, which sympathetically describes his successes and his terrible decline. If any individual was responsible for the transformation of Warwickshire from 14th to first it was Foster. He assumed the captaincy in 1911 and led from the front with adventurous and intelligent cricket. He made the county’s first triple century, this being at Dudley. In 1909 he made 1614 runs and took 141 wickets so Yorkshire got off lightly at Headingley. He was badly injured in a motor cycle accident in 1919; his cricket career and his private life deteriorated alarmingly and he died in a psychiatric hospital in Northampton in 1958. In 1931 a cheque of his for £10 bounced and he was even suspected of murder although someone else subsequently confessed. James Windridge, who batted at number six, was a soccer international.

  • David Denton in action.


    August 29, 30, 31, September 1: Yorkshire 426-9dec (AA Metcalfe 138, D Byas 95, NG Nicholson 56*); Warwickshire 248 (TA Lloyd 61, P Carrick 6-70) & 296-3dec (NMK Smith 161, Asif Din 82*). Match drawn

    Eighty years later Warwickshire travelled up to Leeds, possibly more quickly, and were saved by a remarkable innings by Neil Smith after they had made only 248 in their first innings. Yorkshire’s progress had been slow against what Wisden describes as gentle bowling. The outstanding innings was by Ashley Metcalfe whose 138 was the foundation for a total of 426. David Byas, although he was missed once or twice, made 95 and there was 56 not out for Neil Nicholson who was born at Danby in Eskdale. Warwickshire’s first innings included 61 from Andy Lloyd and Phil Carrick had his best return at Headingley – six for 70. Following on and facing defeat, the visitors were saved by a remarkable innings from Neil Smith who hit an undefeated 161 with 24 boundaries. Asif Din stayed with him to mount a stand of 184 for the third wicket.

    Neil Smith’s father was MJK (Mike) Smith who had a long and distinguished career mainly at Edgbaston and played 50 Tests between 1958 and 1972. He came from the village of Broughton Astley on the Leicestershire/Warwickshire border. He captained England in 25 Tests, led the tour of Australia in 1965/1966 and was popular with everyone. He also played rugby for England. Neil to some extent lived in his shadow but developed into a very useful all-rounder principally as an off-spin bowler. Lloyd was born at Oswestry on the Welsh border. He was a good county player who captained Warwickshire from 1988 to 1992 but he will be remembered for his unhappy only Test at Edgbaston. Opening the batting he was hit on the temple of his helmet by a sharply lifting ball from Malcolm Marshall, was in hospital for several days with blurred vision and did not played at all in the rest of the 1984 season. His Test career lasted 33 minutes.

  • David Byas in action

    Ashley Metcalfe, perhaps the best Yorkshire batsman not to play for England, played for Yorkshire between 1983 and 1995. He had an unforgettable debut at Bradford Park Avenue on a misty morning batting against Mike Hendrick, Kevin Cooper, Kevin Saxelby, Eddie Hemmings and Mike Bore. Metcalfe made 122, Geoff Boycott 163 and 141 not out in the second innings. Metcalfe went on to hit 25 centuries and was a regular opener with Martyn Moxon. In 1990 he made 2047 runs in first-class matches. He was an attractive stroke maker, a pleasure to watch and is married to Raymond Illingworth’s daughter Diane and they have two girls. His league club is Farsley where Raymond is also based. This writer considers himself lucky enough to see the century he made in the Priestley Cup final, also 122, just before his Yorkshire debut.

  • Phil Carrick


    June 13, 14, 15, 17: Warwickshire 306 (TL Penney 125, DP Ostler 85, D Gough 4-66) & 229; Yorkshire 508 (MD Moxon 131, D Gough 121, NMK Smith 5-127) & 28-0. Yorkshire won by ten wickets

    This match saw a ten-wicket victory for Yorkshire despite a fighting 125 from Trevor Penney. Perhaps the main reason was that Yorkshire gained a first-innings lead of 202 after a century from Martyn Moxon and a remarkable maiden hundred from Darren Gough who hit 121 to add to his four wickets. Dominic Ostler was in fine form for the visitors and seemed to enjoy Headingley scoring 82, and 86 on the Sunday. Penney therefore had to bat for as long as possible without much support. I suppose it had been felt that Gough had more potential as a batsman than he had shown so this was something of a breakthrough. He hit four sixes, three off Ashley Giles who bowled 68.3 overs somewhat negatively at times. Gough was indebted to Chris Silverwood – they added 72 for the ninth wicket – and Richard Stemp in a last wicket stand of 90. It was a matter of sharing the wickets as Yorkshire bowled Warwickshire out for 229; the left-arm chinamen of Michael Bevan took three wickets.

    Gough came from the Lundwood area of Barnsley and was a member of the first intake of the Yorkshire Academy. He made his Yorkshire debut on 20th April 1989 at Lord’s as a stranger to London. However he was not intimidated and took three for 44 and then two for 47. This writer witnessed his second innings dismissal of Mike Gatting, caught by Richard Blakey for four, and was in the pavilion as Gatting came up the steps contemplating losing his wicket to an 18-year-old. Gough made his England Test debut in 1994 against New Zealand and took 229 wickets in 58 appearances which is a fine achievement. In Sydney in early January 1998 he took a hat-trick, the first by an Englishman in an Ashes Test since Jack Hearne at Headingley in 1899, almost a hundred years previously; he had Ian Healey caught behind by Warren Hegg, uprooted Stuart MacGill’s middle stump and did the same to Colin Miller’s off stump.

  • Trevor Penney was born in Salisbury, then in Southern Rhodesia, and played for Warwickshire as a middle-order batsman. He was perhaps most notable for being an outstanding cover fieldsman, probably the best of his time, inspired perhaps by his fellow countryman the great Colin Bland.

    (Looking up Penney in Cricketers Who’s Who the next name is George Arthur Adam Septimus Carter Trenchard Sale Pennington who played 12 times for Northamptonshire. He was killed in 1933 at Armthorpe aerodrome, near Doncaster, piloting a plane in an accident in which the great jockey Gordon Richards was a survivor. As Pennington was an amateur he must have appeared on the scorecard of those days as Mr G A A S C T S Pennington.)

    YORKSHIRE v WARWICKSHIRE in first-class cricket 1894-2014

    Results (home and away):

    Inter-county matches

    Played: 2 Yorks Won: 0 Warwicks Won: 0 Drawn: 2

    County Championship

    Played: 186 Yorks Won: 82 Warwicks Won: 31 Drawn: 73


    Played: 188 Yorks Won: 82 Warwicks Won: 31 Drawn: 75

    At Headingley:

    Played 24, Yorkshire won 11, lost 4 and drew 9

    Highest innings totals :

    Yorkshire 887 Edgbaston 1896

    At Home 561-7dec Scarborough 2007

    Warwickshire 601-9dec Edgbaston 2011

    At Headingley Yorkshire 508 1996 Warwickshire 482 2011

    NOTES: Yorkshire’s score of 887 is the highest innings in all county cricket.

    Warwickshire have not passed the 500 mark on any ground in Yorkshire.

    Lowest innings totals:

    Yorkshire 49 Huddersfield 1951
    Away 54 Edgbaston 1964

    Warwickshire 35 Edgbaston 1963
    Away 35 Sheffield (BL) 1979

    At Headingley

    Yorkshire 111 1954
    Warwickshire 63 1933

    Highest individual innings:

    Yorkshire 275 P Holmes Bradford 1928
    Away 250 P Holmes Edgbaston 1931

    Warwickshire 225 DP Ostler Edgbaston 2002
    Away 206 C Charlesworth Dewsbury 1914

    At Headingley Warwicks 193 S Chanderpaul 2011 Yorks 200* MJ Wood 1998

    Highest wicket partnerships:

    Yorks 346 (3rd) JJ Sayers (173) & A McGRath (211)
    Edgbaston 2009

    Warwicks 266* (4th) J Whitehouse (169*) & RB Kanhai (111*) Edgbaston 1976

    Best bowling in an innings:

    Yorkshire 10-36 H Verity Headingley 1930
    Away 9-43 MJ Cowan Edgbaston 1960

    Warwickshire 10-51 H Howell Edgbaston 1923
    Away 9-35 JD Bannister Sheffield (BL) 1955

    At Headingley 8-54 JD Bannister 1954

    NOTE: Verity’s figures are the third-best for Yorkshire in all first-class cricket.

    Best bowling in a match:

    Yorks 14-92 (9-43 & 5-49) H Verity Headingley 1937

    Warwicks 12-55 (5-21 & 7-34) TW Cartwright Bradford 1969

    At Headingley 11-99 (5-53 & 6-46) CM Old 1984

    Most victims in an innings by a wicket-keeper:

    6 (all ct) DL Bairstow Yorkshire Bradford 1978

    Most victims in a match by a wicket-keeper:

    7 (all ct) DL Bairstow Yorkshire Bradford 1978
    7 (all ct) GP Humpage Warwickshire Edgbaston 1988
    7 (all ct) GL Brophy Yorkshire Scarborough 2007
    7 (all ct) JM Bairstow Yorkshire Edgbaston 2011

    Most catches in a match by a fielder:

    6 J Tunnicliffe Yorkshire Bradford 1895
    6 A Waddington Yorkshire Sheffield (BL) 1924
    6 PJ Sharpe Yorkshire Sheffield (BL) 1959
    6 PJ Sharpe Yorkshire Sheffield (BL) 1965

    One hundred runs and ten wickets in the same match:

    FR Foster Warwicks 105 & 18; 9-118 & 3-84 Edgbaston 1911

    A century and five wickets in an innings in the same match:

    R Illingworth Yorks 107 & 0; 0-23 & 5-64 Sheffield (BL) 1962

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