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Yorkshire CCC, 1959-1969

By Gary Watton
April 28 2013

Yorkshire were clearly the team to beat in the 1960s as they dominated English cricket from the start of the decade through to 1968. What is most remarkable about the talented personnel that the county possessed was that the likes of Geoffrey Boycott, Brian Close, Raymond Illingworth, and fiery Fred Trueman were such uncompromising characters that this curmudgeonly bunch were just as liable to be as hostile towards one another as they were towards the opposition. The Yorkshire dressing room must have been the scene for numerous 'frank exchanges of views', to coin a phrase. They probably made the debates in the House of Commons look tame by comparison. Also, in spite of the overflowing success, there was the occasional mishap, such as being dismissed for 23 at Middlesbrough in 1965 by Hampshire - an unenviable county record!

County Championship positions

1959: CHAMPIONS

1960: CHAMPIONS

1961: runners-up (champions: Hampshire)

1962: CHAMPIONS

1963: CHAMPIONS

1964: 5th (champions: Worcestershire)

1965: 4th (champions: Worcestershire)

1966: CHAMPIONS

1967: CHAMPIONS

1968: CHAMPIONS

1969: 13th (champions: Glamorgan)

 

1965 GILLETTE CUP FINAL; at Lord's; versus Surrey; Surrey won the toss

YORKSHIRE: 317 for 4

Boycott c Storey b Barrington 146

Taylor c Barrington b Sydenham 9

Close* c Edrich b Gibson 79

Trueman b Arnold 24

Hampshire not out 38

Wilson not out 11

Extras: 10

 

SURREY: 142 [40.4 overs]

Stewart* st Binks b Wilson 33

Edrich c Illingworth b Trueman 15

Smith b Trueman 0

Barrington c Binks b Trueman 0

Tindall c Wilson b Close 57

Storey lbw b Illingworth 1

Edwards b Illingworth 0

Gibson lbw b Illingworth 0

Long b Illingworth 17

Arnold not out 3

Sydenham b Illingworth 8

Extras: 8

Illingworth 5-29; Trueman 3-31

Geoffrey Boycott's man of the match innings gave lie to his reputation as a slow accumulator of runs.

YORKSHIRE WON BY 175 RUNS

 

1969 GILLETTE CUP FINAL; at Lord's; versus Derbyshire; Derbyshire won the toss

YORKSHIRE: 219 for 8

Leadbeater c Taylor b Ward 76

Woodford c Taylor b Eyre 15

Close* c Page b Ward 37

Sharpe b Ward 3

Padgett c Buxton b Rumsey 30

Hampshire c Morgan b Rhodes 2

Hutton not out 29

Binks b Rhodes 4

Wilson c Ward b Rumsey 2

Old not out 3

Extras: 18

Ward 3-31

 

DERBYSHIRE: 150

Gibbs b Nicolson 19

Smith b Close 26

Morgan* run out 5

Ward c Close b Hutton 17

Buxton c Close b Wilson 34

Harvey b Wilson 3

Page c Wilson b Close 16

Taylor c Leadbeater b Close 2

Eyre not out 14

Rumsey b Wilson 1

Rhodes c Hampshire b Old 6

Extras: 7

Close 3-36; Wilson 3-38

A fine all-round performance from the experienced Brian Close ensured a comfortable triumph.

YORKSHIRE WON BY 69 RUNS

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