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THROWBACK THURSDAY - YORKSHIRE'S 21st FIRST-CLASS HOME VENUE

— 21 November 2019

For four days in June 2019 the City of York hosted first-class cricket for the first time for 129 years and Clifton Park became the 21st ground which Yorkshire have used for a home fixture in the longest format. Paul Dyson lists the grounds and their results.

YORKSHIRE’S HOME FIRST-CLASS VENUES AND THEIR RESULTS

  • From 1833 to 1862 – before the County Club was formed – an unofficial team which went by the name of ‘Yorkshire’ played in 16 home matches which were later designated first-class. All of these were in Sheffield, the first 12 being at Hyde Park (1833-53, won 7, lost 4, drawn 1) and the final four at Bramall Lane (1855-62, won 3, lost 1).

    The ground at Weetwood also featured a first-class match involving Yorkshire for the first time in 2019 but this was a home match for the Leeds/Bradford University team and so does not appear in the above list.

    There have been other grounds in Yorkshire which have staged first-class cricket but not involving the county team. These are Todmorden – Centre Vale (United North of England lost to United South of England, 1874), Rotherham – Ferham Park (North beat United South, 1880), Batley – Mount Pleasant (T Emmett’s XI lost to RG Barlow’s XI, 1883) and Catterick Garrison – Central Stadium (Combined Services drew with Pakistanis, 1954).

  • York Cricket Club was an outstanding host for the game which took place earlier this year. It now appears on the above list as one of seven grounds which have hosted only one Yorkshire first-class match. It deserves more.

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