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A Brief History Of Roses Skirmishes, 1970-1979


Yorkshire, c.1972

By Gary Watton
May 22 2013

In this decade Yorkshire kissed goodbye to Bramall Lane as a cricket venue, and waved goodbye to cricketing silverware, as well as bidding farewell to the admirable Brian Close. Oh well, there was still always the consolation (in theory) of an engagement against Lancashire to galvanise our under-performing troops. During this decade: Yorkshire won 5, Lancashire won 2, 13 draws. 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 23, 25 and 26 May 1970; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 381 (Wood 105, Engineer 70, Lloyd.D 64; Nicholson 5-116, Old 3-89)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 121 (Lever 4-51, Shuttleworth 3-24)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 281 (Boycott 71, Hutton 51; Lever 3-54)

Lancashire second innings: 25 for 0

Farouk Engineer took seven catches and hit eighty-seven undefeated runs as woeful Yorkshire were put to the sword.

Lancashire won by ten wickets; YORKSHIRE 1 point; Lancashire 18 points 

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 29, 31 August and 1 September 1970; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 430 for 7 declared (Wood 144, Hayes 82*, Pilling 66, Lloyd.C 64; Hutton 3-47)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 282 for 3 declared (Boycott 98, Hutton 81*)

Lancashire second innings: 61 for 1 declared

YORKSHIRE second innings: 45 for 1

Yorkshire's first innings was dominated by two England team-mates who loathed one another, Boycott and Hutton!

Match drawn; Lancashire 5 points, YORKSHIRE 3 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 29, 31 May and 1 June 1971; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 168 (Hutton 6-38)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 79 (Lever 5-27, Hughes 3-10)

Lancashire second innings: 75 (Hutton 5-24)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 103 for 6

When 'chasing' a 165 target, Yorkshire could only amass 103 off 51 overs. David Bairstow took nine catches in this match.

Match drawn; Lancashire 5 points, YORKSHIRE 5 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Bramall Lane; 31 July, and 1, 2 August 1971; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 320 for 5 declared (Boycott 169, Hampshire 83)

Lancashire first innings: 277 (Pilling 56, Engineer 50; Hutton 5-58)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 54 for 0

Yorkshire were in the ascendancy here, but even they couldn't defeat the Sheffield weather.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 7 points, Lancashire 5 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 27, 29 and 30 May 1972

YORKSHIRE first innings: 253 for 8 declared (Boycott 105; Shuttleworth 3-52)

Lancashire first innings: 190 (Engineer 69; Nicholson 7-49)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 95 for 9 declared (Lever 5-27)

Lancashire second innings: 36 for 2

Had this contest extended for a few more hours, a nailbiting battle of the roses was in the pipeline. 

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 8 points, Lancashire 4 points 

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 29, 31 July, and 1 August 1972

Lancashire first innings: 358 for 4 declared (Lloyd.C 181, Hayes 71*, Pilling 65)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 132 (Hughes 5-59, Simmons 4-34)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 192 (Lumb 56, Hampshire 54; Simmons 6-50)

That Lancashire icon Jack Simmons destroyed the Tykes with ten wickets and 3 catches. Yorkshire yielded seven ducks! 

Lancashire won by an innings and 34 runs; Lancashire 22 points, YORKSHIRE 2 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 26, 28 and 29 May 1973

YORKSHIRE first innings: 286 for 7 declared (Lumb 114, Boycott 101)

Lancashire first innings: 284 for 9 declared (Pilling 92; Hutton 4-43)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 69 (Lee 5-20, Lever 4-23)

Lancashire second innings: 4 for 0

Lancashire were denied a certain win by the weather after the shambolic visitors collapsed from 23-1 to 69 all out.

Match drawn; Lancashire 4 points, YORKSHIRE 4 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Bramall Lane; 4, 6 and 7 August 1973

YORKSHIRE first innings: 99 (Lee 6-43, Sullivan 4-19)

Lancashire first innings: 111 for 8 declared (Nicholson 4-40)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 114 for 2 (Sharpe 62*)

Eight Yorkshire batsmen and six Lancashire batsmen were dismissed for a single figure score in this bizarre encounter.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Lancashire 5 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 25, 27 and 28 May 1974

Lancashire first innings: 250 (Lloyd.C 69, Lloyd.D 58; Old 4-40, Carrick 3-45)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 220 for 9 (Leadbeater 92*; Shuttleworth 7-61)

Lancashire second innings: 213 for 7 declared (Lloyd.C 84*; Hutton 3-17, Nicholson 3-60)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 124 for 3 (Boycott 79*)

The two Lloyds, Clive and David, hit 264 runs between them while Yorkshire never came close to the 244 target.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 6 points, Lancashire 7 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 3, 5 and 6 August 1974

YORKSHIRE first innings: 263 for 6 (Hampshire 63*, Boycott 60, Lumb 58)

Lancashire first innings: 216 for 9 (Simmons 75; Nicholson 5-74)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 170 for 9 declared (Shuttleworth 3-45)

Lancashire second innings: 169 for 5 (Lloyd.C 95; Old 3-59)

Dave Bairstow took seven catches and stumpings in a match where Lancashire valiantly chased a target of 218.

Match drawn; Lancashire 4 points, YORKSHIRE 7 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 24, 26 and 27 May 1975

YORKSHIRE first innings: 157 (Shuttleworth 3-25, Lever 3-36, Lee 3-58)

Lancashire first innings: 199 (Lloyd.C 58; Old 5-75, Nicholson 3-36)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 285 for 7 declared (Boycott 92, Leadbeater 82; Lloyd.D 3-45)

Lancashire second innings: 103 for 3

Nobody made a century in this latest roses instalment as Yorkshire still sought their first roses win of the 1970s.

Match drawn; Lancashire 5 points, YORKSHIRE 5 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 23, 25 and 26 August 1975

Lancashire first innings: 340 for 5 (Hayes 101, Lloyd.C 100, Engineer 54) 

YORKSHIRE first innings: 201 for 8 declared (Johnson 76, Old 57; Lever 4-32)

Lancashire second innings: 181 for 3 declared (Lloyd.C 82, Kennedy 80*)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 219 for 1 (Boycott 105*, Lumb 70)

Only seventeen wickets fell in this entire match and neither team was bowled out once.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Lancashire 7 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 29, 31 May, 1 June 1976

Lancashire first innings: 201 for 7 declared (Lloyd 52, Pilling 51; Cooper 3-45, Oldham 3-59)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 141 (Ratcliffe 5-30)

Lancashire second innings: 27 for 1

Six Yorkshire batsmen were dismissed for a single figure score, but the Leeds weather still rescued the hapless hosts.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 3 points, Lancashire 6 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 28, 30, and 31 August 1976

YORKSHIRE first innings: 260 (Hampshire 83, Carrick 57; Lee 5-75, Simmons 4-60)

Lancashire first innings: 167 (Stevenson 4-25, Robinson 4-61)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 174 for 6 declared (Boycott 103*; Hughes 3-15)

Lancashire second innings: 158 (Cope 6-37, Stevenson 3-30)

Cope and Stevenson took seven wickets each as Yorkshire achieved an elusive victory against their old rivals.

YORKSHIRE won by 109 runs; Lancashire 5 points, YORKSHIRE 17 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 4 June 1977

Lancashire first innings: 270 for 4 (Abrahams 101*, Hayes 90)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 65 for 6 declared (Croft 4-40)

The Yorkshire openers Boycott and Lumb were both dismissed for a duck, but then the weather intervened.

Match drawn; Lancashire 5 points, YORKSHIRE 1 point

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Bradford; 20, 22 and 23 August 1977

Lancashire first innings: 302 for 4 declared (Wood 150*, Pilling 67)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 234 for 9 declared (Croft 4-58, Arrowsmith 3-50)

Lancashire second innings: 108 (Carrick 6-37, Cope 3-28)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 177 for 5 (Lumb 77; Lee 4-34)

The visitors had been utterly dominant in the first half of this match, but Phil Carrick turned the match on its head. 

YORKSHIRE won by five wickets; YORKSHIRE 15 points, Lancashire 8 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 27 and 28 May 1978

Lancashire first innings: 123 (Lloyd.C 58; Stevenson 8-65)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 260 (Carrick 105, Hampshire 54; Croft 4-58, Hogg 4-73)

Lancashire second innings: 105 (Cooper 6-26, Oldham 4-28)

Dave Bairstow took eight catches and woeful Lancashire suffered eight ducks in this two-day humiliation.

YORKSHIRE won by an innings and 32 runs; YORKSHIRE 19 points, Lancashire 4 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 26, 28 and 29 August 1978

Lancashire first innings: 128 (Stevenson 5-61, Old 4-38)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 251 (Old 100*, Love 55; Ratcliffe 4-41, Croft 4-83)

Lancashire second innings: 155 (Hayes 73*; Old 5-47, Stevenson 3-57)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 36 for 0 

Chris Old and Graham Stevenson made a mockery of Lancashire's batting. Old also recorded a rare century. 

YORKSHIRE won by ten wickets; Lancashire 4 points, YORKSHIRE 19 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 26, 28 and 29 May 1979

Lancashire first innings: 29 for 0

Neither team took a point or a wicket in this seventeen-overs washout. Chris Old had figures of eight overs for eight runs.

Match drawn; Lancashire 0 points, YORKSHIRE 0 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 25, 27 and 28 August 1979

Lancashire first innings: 155 (Boycott 4-14, Old 3-38, Stevenson 3-50)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 322 (Boycott 94, Hampshire 53, Sidebottom 51; Ratcliffe 5-82, Lee 3-106)

Lancashire second innings: 270 (Lloyd.C 103, Abrahams 53; Old 4-57, Sidebottom 4-59)

YORKSHIRE second innings:104 for 4 (Hartley 53*)

Lancashire were so poor that even Boycott took four of their wickets! Old bowled forty-nine overs for a loss of 95 runs.

YORKSHIRE won by six wickets; YORKSHIRE 18 points, Lancashire 3 points 

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