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— 6 August 2020

There was a tight finish to a Championship match at Trent Bridge almost 100 years ago and Paul Dyson takes a look back over it. The photo of Abe Waddington appears by courtesy of Mick Pope.

July 18, 20, 21, 1925 at Trent Bridge: Yorkshire 386 (R Kilner 90, E Robinson 58*, W Rhodes 57, E Oldroyd 54, TL Richmond 4-87) & 142-4dec (H Sutcliffe 50); Nottinghamshire 312 (WW Whysall 81, W Walker 74, AW Carr 53, W Rhodes 4-60) & 103-9 (A Waddington 6-59). Match drawn.

Nottinghamshire were one of only two counties to play against Yorkshire CCC in its inaugural season of 1863 and so are long-standing opponents, only Lancashire having played more games against the White Rose county. They were a very strong county in the pre-official Championship era, winning as many as ten ‘titles’ in the 27 seasons according to one historian but had won only one Championship since the cut-off year of 1890, that coming in 1907. However, their form had improved since the Great War, the county having been runners-up twice and never being lower than eighth in the relevant six seasons. Yorkshire, however, were county champions, it winning the title for the 13th time in 1924 and completing a hat-trick in the process. The hosts came into this match in very good form having won nine and lost only two of their first 15 games. Yorkshire, though, were in outstanding form, winning 16 and losing none of their 20 matches played so far. The victories included nine by an innings and 12 came in successive matches.

Yorkshire won the toss and batted but lost two early wickets including Percy Holmes for a duck. The middle order, however, batted very consistently, all of numbers three to eight scoring at least 35. Roy Kilner made 90 and there were other half-centuries for Edgar Oldroyd, Wilfred Rhodes and Emmott Robinson. The highest partnership was 151 for the fifth wicket between Rhodes and Kilner and after the last three wickets had fallen for just 17 runs Robinson was left not out on 58. The runs came at a good rate – 3.45 per over – and Len Richmond, Nottinghamshire’s best bowler, took four for 87.

The start of the second day’s play coincided with the start of Nottinghamshire’s first innings. It followed a very similar pattern to that of Yorkshire’s innings in that two early wickets were followed by solid contributions from the middle order. Opener William Whysall top-scored with 81; he shared in a stand of 91 with skipper Arthur Carr for the third wicket and 81 with Willis Walker for the fourth. The tail did not contribute greatly, the last six wickets falling for 90 and the last two batsmen were both stumped by Arthur Dolphin off the bowling of Rhodes, three of his four wickets falling in this manner. The visitors had a lead of 74 and had extended it by a further 24 runs for the loss of one wicket by close of play.

Although quick runs was the order of the day for Yorkshire at the start of day three, they found the going tricky. Nottinghamshire’s bowlers restricted their scoring-rate to one which was much slower than that of their first innings, opening bowler Fred Barratt conceding only 23 runs from his 13 overs. Sutcliffe compiled a half-century mainly in the company of Morris Leyland as they shared 68 for the third wicket. The declaration came with four wickets down and the hosts were set 217 to win. In keeping with the previous three innings in the match two wickets fell early but once Nottinghamshire had reached 64 for two a serious collapse set in. This was mainly the work of Abe Waddington who took three of the first four wickets to fall; although opener George Gunn (49) was holding the innings together Waddington returned later to bowl him and the home side were clinging on. Seven wickets had fallen for 39 runs but time was against Yorkshire and, with nine wickets down, the game came to an inconclusive end. Waddington finished with six for 59.

After this game Nottinghamshire won six more matches and finished in fourth place – an improvement of three positions on the previous year. Yorkshire, meanwhile, won only five more matches but went unbeaten through the entire season and finished champions again winning 21 of their 32 matches; their fourth successive title created a new record for any county.

Man of the match:

Unusually, Abe Waddington was 26 when he made his debut for Yorkshire but this was because of him having to wait for the end of the First World War. Part of this had seen him serving on the Somme and, tragically, Major Booth, already a county player, died in his arms. Once he had been given his opportunity Waddington wasted no time in proving his worth to the side; he took exactly 100 wickets in his first season of 1919, when he was awarded his county cap, and 141 one year later, this remaining his best season.

  • Born in Clayton, Bradford in 1893, Waddington honed his skills with four different clubs in his developmental years including Lidget Green and Laisterdyke. A left-arm fast-medium bowler, he bowled with a flowing action after a curved run-up but could make the ball rear up awkwardly. Bowling a good length, he got the ball to move off the pitch as the Northamptonshire batsmen discovered when he took his career-best of eight for 34 against them at Headingley in 1922. By this time he had played in two Tests on the tour of Australia in 1920/21 but did not add to this experience.

    Unfortunately Waddington injured an arm in 1923 and was never again quite the same bowler, also suffering from persistent shoulder trouble. In only one of his last five seasons did he pass the 100-wicket mark and he decided to retire after the end of the 1927 season at the age of 34. Despite not having played long enough to be awarded a benefit, he received a grant of £1,000 in the following year. His Yorkshire career ended with him having taken 835 wickets in 255 matches. He took five wickets in an innings on 51 occasions and ten wickets in a match ten times. As well as playing for England, he experienced representative cricket with the MCC, the North and the Players.

    A talented sportsman, Waddington played golf for Yorkshire and was a goalkeeper for Bradford City and Halifax Town. He died in Throxenby, Scarborough in 1959 aged 66.


    Results (home and away)
    Played Notts win Yorkshire win Drawn Abandoned
    Official County Championship 206 26 77 103 5
    Non-Championship 54 22 17 15 0
    Total 260 48 94 118 5

    Highest innings totals

    Nottinghamshire 545-7dec Headingley 2010 At Home 490 Trent Bridge 1897
    Yorkshire 572-8dec Scarborough 2013
    Away 534-9dec Trent Bridge 2011

    Lowest innings totals

    Nottinghamshire 13 Trent Bridge 1901 Away 24 Sheffield (BL) 1888 Yorkshire 32 Sheffield (BL) 1876 Away 43 Trent Bridge 1869

    Highest individual innings

    Nottinghamshire 251* DJ Hussey Headingley 2010 At Home 236 AD Hales Trent Bridge 2015 Yorkshire 285 P Holmes Trent Bridge 1929 At Home 272 AW Gale Scarborough 2013

    Highest partnerships

    Notts 270 (3rd) DW Randall (166) & CEB Rice (121*) Harrogate 1980
    Yorks 297 (5th) AW Gale (272) & GS Ballance (141) Scarborough 2013

    Best bowling in an innings

    Nottinghamshire 8-32 JC Shaw Trent Bridge 1865 Away 7-28 TG Wass Sheffield (BL) 1905
    Yorkshire 10-10 H Verity Headingley 1932 Away 8-38 W Rhodes Trent Bridge 1899

    Best bowling in a match

    Notts 14-94 (8-38 & 6-56) F Morley Trent Bridge 1878 Away 13-45 (7-33 & 6-12) F Morley Sheffield (BL) 1876
    Yorks 14-33 (8-12 & 6-21) R Peel Sheffield (BL) 1888
    Away 13-176 (7-89 & 6-87) WE Bowes Trent Bridge 1933

    Most dismissals in an innings by a wicket-keeper

    6 (all ct) CMW Read Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge 2013

    Most dismissals in a match by a wicket-keeper

    7 (3 ct, 4 st) M Sherwin Nottinghamshire Sheffield (BL) 1887

    Most catches in an innings by a fielder

    6 DW Randall Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge 1987

    Most catches in a match by a fielder

    6 J Tunnicliffe Yorkshire Sheffield (BL) 1895
    6 AO Jones Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge 1908
    6 JV Wilson Yorkshire Trent Bridge 1961 6 DW Randall Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge 1987

    One hundred runs and ten wickets in the same match

    FD Stephenson 111 & 117; 4-105 & 7-117 Nottinghamshire Trent Bridge 1988

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

    W Bates 102; 2-58 & 5-17 Yorkshire Sheffield (BL) 1878
    FS Jackson 43 & 145; 0-10 & 5-37 Yorkshire Headingley 1894
    JT Newstead 29 & 100*; 7-68 & 0-3 Yorkshire Trent Bridge 1908
    W Rhodes 176; 5-68 & 0-7 Yorkshire Harrogate 1912