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Memory match: Yorkshire v Warwickshire

— 19 September 2017

Paul Dyson (stats) and Nigel Pullan (text) look through some previous games at Headingley between these two counties.


July, 6, 7: Warwickshire 167 (A Law 65, S Haigh 4-61) & 148 (S Haigh 7-49); Yorkshire 329 (JT Brown 90, R Peel 73*, ACS Glover 4-32). Yorkshire won by an innings and 14 runs

In May 1896 Yorkshire made 887 at Edgbaston, a record that still stands in English first-class cricket 121 years later. Warwickshire had been elected to the County Championship in 1895, had finished a creditable equal sixth and made their debut in Yorkshire at Park Avenue. In 1896 they came to Headingley and lost by an innings and 14 runs. They made 167, Alfred Law from Handsworth scoring 65, but collapsed to a Yorkshire attack led by Schofield Haigh. Yorkshire responded with 329; Jack Brown, who had taken three wickets with his leg breaks, top scored with 90 and Bobby Peel, who had made 210 not out at Edgbaston, hit 73 not out with Alfred Glover taking four for 32. In their second innings the visitors made only 148 as Haigh took seven for 49.

Schofield Haigh from Berry Brow was in a triumvirate with George Hirst and Wilfred Rhodes and was commemorated on a memorial at Fartown, Huddersfield. Old Ebor described him as “for 18 years the sunshine of the Yorkshire eleven.” For Yorkshire he took 2,014 wickets at 15.94, topped the county’s bowling averages ten times and took five hat-tricks. Bowling only medium pace, he had a faster off-break, deceptive flight and a devastating yorker. Plum Warner describes his unusual action thus: “His run up to the wicket was very peculiar for in his final stride his body was very near to the ground, his left leg being shot out in front of him with a very long reach. He dragged his right foot along the ground as his arm came up and for this reason wore an armour plate of brass on his right boot.” AA Thomson says his off break was “like the kick of a horse”. Haigh was invariably cheerful, “ a stranger to despair and long faced misanthropy.”

Peel’s fate was not dissimilar to that of Johnny Wardle. He had made his debut for Yorkshire in 1882 and although 39 at the time of this match was still at his peak. He took his career-best nine for 22 at Headingley in 1895 and his 210 not out was his highest innings. He came from Churwell in Morley. The famous actor-manager Henry Ainley said the highlight of his life had been carrying Peel’s cricket bag from the station to the ground – some treck! Peel played in 20 Test Matches but in the year after this match, as he was about to leave for the game, Hirst found him in “ a proper condition” and coaxed him back to bed. What happened next has been the subject of conjecture for many years amongst cricket historians. Hirst told Lord Hawke that Peel was unwell, Hawke told the twelfth man he was playing but Peel arrived and joined the players going onto the field. He probably bowled a ball at the sight screen, was certainly sent off by Lord Hawke and never played for Yorkshire again. This writer’s tentative research suggests it was before the Middlesex game at Bramall Lane.

Etonian Herbert William Bainbridge captained Warwickshire from 1888 to 1902, then was appointed Secretary and served from 1903 until his death in 1940 as well as being Chairman of the club. A fine example of loyalty. Perhaps Warwickshire’s best-known family were the Quaife brothers. They actually came from Newhaven in Sussex. Walter, the elder brother, played in 90 matches for Sussex. His obituary doesn’t record why he changed counties. It does say that “ although only of moderate height he was four inches taller than his brother.” The little brother was Willie and what a wonderful acquisition he was, playing in 665 games between 1894 and 1928 as well as seven Tests. He made centuries in his first and last first-class appearances. Willie Quaife had benefits in 1910 and 1927, received £917 in the second and opened a bat-making business.

Just beginning his career was a man who would be regarded as the best wicket-keeper in England and play in 35 Tests. Arthur Augustus Lilley, known as “Dick”, was responsible for 905 dismissals for Warwickshire. A fortnight before this match he had made his Test debut at Lord’s and claimed four catches. Finally, Alfred Charles Stirrup Glover was an amateur from Staffordshire who would captain Warwickshire in 1908 and 1909.


May 22, 24, 25: Warwickshire 281-6dec (FC Gardner 70); Yorkshire 111 (JD Bannister 8-54) & 22-1. Match drawn.

This was not the most exciting match at Headingley against these opponents as it rained on the Saturday (day 1) and Monday (day 2). It was interesting because it contained some of the Warwickshire stalwarts who had won the Championship in 1951. Warwickshire made 281 for six with Fred Gardner scoring 70. Brian James opened the Yorkshire bowling with Fred Trueman, one of the latter’s less well-known partners. When Yorkshire batted Jack Bannister, at his best, claimed eight for 54 with seven close catches as the ball lifted on a drying wicket. Yorkshire had to follow on but time was limited after Tom Pritchard had bowled Vic Wilson for a duck.

Tom Dollery, who had led Warwickshire to their Championship win, was still in charge. He was unusual in 1954 in that he was a professional captain. He was a great servant of Warwickshire but his association began fortuitously. Tom, christened Horace, was born in Reading, like Peter May and Ken Barrington, and lived next door to the Berkshire county ground where the groundsman was the father of Arthur Croome, the Warwickshire opener. The young boy virtually lived on the ground and played for Reading School for five seasons. In his last year, in a game against MCC, he made 104 not out in a total of 115. Dollery was a strong powerful player and it is recorded that he hit Bill Bowes for six off the back foot into the Edgbaston pavilion. He also was coach, committee man, second eleven captain, life member and Test selector. Fred Gardner, a Coventrian like Tom Cartwright, was a notably defensive-minded opening batsman who made over a thousand runs in a season ten times and was a fine slip fielder.

Jack Bannister became a notable journalist and broadcaster. He played for Warwickshire between 1950 and 1968 in 368 matches as a fast-medium bowler. His second-best performance came a year after this match when he took nine for 35 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield when Yorkshire were bowled out for 73. Anyone who negotiated the complexities of Birmingham traffic to see Yorkshire second eleven at the Edgbaston Foundation Community Sports Ground on Portland Road would be on the ground where Bannister took all 10 wickets for 41 against Combined Services in 1959 when it was Mitchell and Butlers ground. Two Yorkshiremen played for Warwickshire in the above match at Headingley. Norman Horner was born in Queensbury and played twice for Yorkshire until deciding to qualify for another county. He played in 357 games for Warwickshire and his record opening partnership of 377 for his adopted county with Khalid Ibadulla still stands. Iain King played for both Warwickshire and Essex but was mainly a rugby player.


September 9, 10, 11, 12: Yorkshire 408-6dec (MJ Wood 200*, GM Hamilton 78); Warwickshire 84 (PM Hutchison 6-25) & 297 (NV Knight 130*, AF Giles 83, GM Hamilton 4-79). Yorkshire won by an innings and 27 runs.

It was the last home match of the season in 1998 and Yorkshire won by an innings and 27 runs. The reason it was so decisive was that two young Yorkshire players did extremely well and a third had an outstanding all-round game. At the outset the photographers were gathered around the umpires as it was Dickie Bird’s final first- class match. He had joined the first-class list in 1970, umpired in 66 Tests, a world record, 69 ODIs, and stood in four World Cups including three finals. He must have been England’s finest umpire and, although never a “giver”, ended this match by giving Ed Giddins out lbw. A deluge half an hour before the start meant only 44 balls could be bowled on the first day.

Matthew Wood , in his first season, made his first double century and Gavin Hamilton added 78 to enable Yorkshire to declare at 408 for six. When they bowled Paul Hutchison took six for 25 bowling unchanged with Chris Silverwood to dismiss the visitors for 84. Nick Knight’s excellent innings of 130 not out, carrying his bat when they followed on, gave some encouragement and he and Ashley Giles put on 122 for the eighth wicket. But the Yorkshire bowlers Hamilton and Matthew Hoggard in particular stuck to their task and Dickie brought the match to its conclusion.

Three young Yorkshire players stood out in this match yet none of them had the careers they might have anticipated. Matthew Wood was in his first full season. He played until 2007 making 6,742 runs in first-class cricket at 33.37 with 16 centuries including three doubles. He came from Huddersfield and had at one time been mascot to Emley AFC. He was a good batsman and team man who captained the side on occasion. He now works for the Professional Cricketers Association as a personal development manager or counsellor in the North of England. Paul Hutchison was a left-arm seam bowler who could bring the ball back into the right-hander and often took early wickets. He suffered injury problems maybe because of his action. At present he is Chairman at New Farnley and plays only if required. Gavin Hamilton took 56 first-class wickets for Yorkshire in 1998 then in 1999 took 43 and topped the county batting averages with 567 runs at 47.25. This led to his selection to tour South Africa and a difficult Test debut at Johannesburg against the brilliant Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald. James Middlebrook had a successful career with Essex and Northamptonshire and is now hoping to fulfil his ambition to become a first-class umpire having been promoted to the reserve list very quickly.

Warwickshire’s outstanding bowler in 1998 was Ed Giddins who took 83 Championship wickets at 23.51. He was involved in drug problems and joined Warwickshire from his native Sussex. He promised Warwickshire members “60 or 70 wickets to help you forget my previous problems” and he more than fulfilled his promise. Alongside Ed Giddins was the hard-working and loyal Tim Munton who played, at Headingley, one of his two Tests here against Pakistan in 1992.

Played Yorkshire won Warwickshire won Drawn
Official County Championship 191 85 31 75
Non-Championship 2 0 0 2
Total 193 85 31 91

Highest innings totals

Yorkshire 887 Edgbaston 1896 At Home 561-7dec Scarborough 2007 508 Headingley 1996

Warwickshire 601-9dec Edgbaston 2011
Away 482 Headingley 2011

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

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 196 IJ Westwood 2015 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

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