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A Brief History Of Roses Skirmishes, 1980-1989


Martyn Moxon

By Gary Watton
May 22 2013

Now that Lancashire and Yorkshire were relegated to the status of also-rans in the annual county championship, their roses fixtures perhaps assumed even greater significance, as it would have been the source of some comfort to the supporters to have bragging rights over their next-door neighbours. During this decade: Yorkshire 1 win, Lancashire 4 wins, 15 draws.

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 24, 26 and 27 May 1980

Lancashire first innings: 234 (Cockbain 57; Stevenson 4-70, Old 3-34)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 257 (Carrick 63, Bairstow 61; Reidy 4-24, Hogg 4-103)

Lancashire second innings: 182 for 8 (Abrahams 54; Stevenson 5-71)

Graham Stevenson had a particularly fruitful match as this fixture petered out to a bore draw.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 7 points, Lancashire 6 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 23, 24 and 26 August 1980

YORKSHIRE first innings: 346 for 7 (Boycott 135, Athey 71, Lumb 67; Malone 3-68)

Lancashire first innings: 310 for 5 (Hayes 94*, Reidy 75, Kennedy 55)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 265 for 5 declared (Love 105*, Hampshire 89)

Lancashire second innings: 305 for 7 (Lloyd.C 101, Lloyd.D 61, Reidy 60)

Neither team got bowled out as the hosts reached their stiff target, scoring at over four runs per over.

Lancashire won by three wickets; Lancashire 19 points, YORKSHIRE 6 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 23, 25 and 26 May 1981

YORKSHIRE first innings: 348 for 9 declared (Love 154; Allott 6-105)

Lancashire first innings: 310 for 8 declared (Hayes 126; Stevenson 4-78, Old 3-52)

This was regrettably another roses match that fell foul of unfavourable spring weather.

Match drawn; Lancashire 6 points, YORKSHIRE 7 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 29 and 31 August, 1 September 1981

YORKSHIRE first innings: 149 (Hartley 53; Holding 4-39, Allott 4-63)

Lancashire first innings: 346 (Lloyd.C 145, Hughes 54; Whiteley 4-64, Stuchbury 3-82)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 181 (Holding 6-76, Allott 4-78)

Lancashire fielded Michael Holding and Clive Lloyd while Yorkshire had to cope wthout Geoffrey Boycott and Chris Old.

Lancashire won by an innings and 16 runs; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Lancashire 24 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 29-31 May 1982

Lancashire first innings: 351 for 8 declared (Hughes 126*, Abrahams 57; Old 4-91)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 317 for 6 declared (Athey 90, Bairstow 70*)

Lancashire second innings: 255 for 6 declared (Lloyd.D 81)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 197 for 5 (Lumb 72, Boycott 68; Croft 3-51)

Yorkshire slipped from 144-0 to 196-5 in the second innings as both teams ran out of time to achieve a win.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 6 points, Lancashire 6 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 7, 9 and 10 August 1982

Lancashire first innings: 310 for 6 declared (Lloyd.C 100)

YORKSHIRE first innings: forfeited

Lancashire second innings: 30 for 0 declared

YORKSHIRE second innings: 142 for 3 (Boycott 62)

Two cricketing icons were amongst the runs in this weather-ruined fixture: Clive Lloyd and Geoffrey Boycott.

Match drawn; Lancashire 4 points, YORKSHIRE 2 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 28, 30 and 31 May 1983

Lancashire first innings: 301 for 4 declared (Fowler 156*, Hayes 116; Sidebottom 3-76)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 228 (Carrick 83; O'Shaughnessy 4-73)

Lancashire second innings: 24 for 0

Here was another non-contest which highlighted the folly of three-day County Championship fixtures.

Match drawn; Lancashire 8 points, YORKSHIRE 3 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 6, 8 and 9 August 1983

Lancashire first innings: 344 (Lloyd.D 73, Simmons 52; Illingworth 3-61, Taylor 3-70)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 305 for 4 declared (Moxon 153, Love 67*, Athey 63)

Lancashire second innings: 256 for 3 declared (O'Shaughnessy 100*, Fowler 75, Abrahams 50)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 90 for 7 (O'Shaughnessy 3-14)

Yorkshire staggered to a draw after the in-form Steve O'Shaughnessy had taken three for fourteen from eleven overs.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 7 points, Lancashire 4 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 26-28 May 1984; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 188 (Bairstow 62; Allott 6-31)

Lancashire first innings: 288 for 7 declared (Fowler 107, Ormrod 60; Sidebottom 4-50)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 16 for 2

Yorkshire lost their first four wickets for twelve runs whilst Lancashire's openers added 159 for the first wicket.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Lancashire 6 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 4, 6 and 7 August 1984; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 151 (Jarvis 6-61)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 124 for 5 (Allott 3-32)

Apart from a six wicket haul for Paul Jarvis and sixteen overs for only 32 runs from Paul Allott, this was a non-event.

Match drawn; Lancashire 3 points, YORKSHIRE 4 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 25-27 May 1985; Lancashire won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 205 (Hartley 52; Patterson 6-77)

Lancashire first innings: 269 (Fairbrother 128, Folley 69; Jarvis 4-57)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 58 for 4 (Allott 3-18)

Martyn Moxon and Kevin Sharp disappointingly could only muster nineteen paltry runs in the four innings between them.

Match drawn; Lancashire 7 points, YORKSHIRE 6 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 10, 12 and 13 August 1985; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 327 for 8 declared (Fairbrother 147; Hartley.P 5-91, Shaw 3-77)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 328 for 9 declared (Moxon 127; Patterson 3-95)

England hopefuls Neil Fairbrother and Martyn Moxon both smashed a lot of runs, but still no result was possible.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Lancashire 7 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 24, 26 and 27 May 1986; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 296 (Maynard 132*, Allott 65; Jarvis 5-86)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 314 (Carrick 50; Allott 4-68)

Lancashire second innings: 268 for 7 declared (Mendis 62; Carrick 4-111, Swallow 3-109)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 90 for 1

Paul Allott and Phil Carrick both made good contributions with bat and ball in yet another roses stalemate.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 8 points, Lancashire 7 points

 

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 2,4 and 5 August 1986; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 170 (Mendis 54; Jarvis 4-36, Hartley.P 3-31)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 399 for 7 declared (Metcalfe 151, Moxon 147, Love 53*; Hayhurst 4-69)

Lancashire second innings: 251 for 6 (Fairbrother 116*, Abrahams 80)

Yet another Neil Fairbrother century prevented certain defeat. His team were on the ropes at 2-2 in the second innings.

Match drawn; Lancashire 1 point, YORKSHIRE 8 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 13-15 June 1987; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 402 for 3 declared (Mendis 155, Fowler 77, Varey 59)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 179 for 1 (Moxon 88*, Metcalfe 78)

Lancashire second innings: 96 for 0 declared (Fowler 51*)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 223 for 9 (Blakey 124*; Simmons 3-40, Patterson 3-50)

Richard Blakey saved Yorkshire from defeat with an unbroken 38 stand for the final wicket with Stuart Fletcher. 

Match drawn; Lancashire 4 points, YORKSHIRE 1 point

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 1, 3 and 4 August 1987; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 356 (Fowler 83, Watkinson 81; Shaw 6-64)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 250 for 2 declared (Sharp 81*, Blakey 79*, Moxon 54)

Lancashire second innings: 180 for 0 declared (Mendis 100*, Atherton 76*)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 102 for 0 (Moxon 51*)

After Lancashire's first innings, the wickets all but dried up as each team settled for yet another draw!

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Lancashire 4 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 30 July-1 August 1988; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 154 (Mendis 58; Sidebottom 4-32, Shaw 4-47)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 293 (Love 77, Sidebottom 55; Allott 5-85)

Lancashire second innings: 156 (Fletcher 4-36, Hartley 3-65)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 18 for 0

A quartet of Yorkshire seamers shared twenty wickets as they blew a surprisingly brittle Lancashire away twice.

YORKSHIRE won by ten wickets; YORKSHIRE 23 points, Lancashire 5 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 30 August-2 September 1988; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 224 (Hartley 127*; Allott 5-70)

Lancashire first innings: 218 (Hayhurst 57; Carrick 5-62, Booth 5-98)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 171 for 8 (Fitton 6-59)

A career-best innings from Peter Hartley rescued the visitors as he and Fletcher added ninety-one runs for the last wicket.

Match drawn; Lancashire 6 points, YORKSHIRE 6 points

 

Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 19, 21 and 22 August 1989; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 293 (Atherton 115*; Carrick 4-85, Jarvis 3-61)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 192 (Blakey 56; Wasim Akram 5-44, Hughes 3-30)

Lancashire second innings: 228 for 3 declared (Mendis 103*, Watkinson 51*)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 148 (Blakey 62; Wasim Akram 5-51, Allott 3-24)

Despite heroic efforts from Richard Blakey, Wasim Akram was virtually unplayable, conceding 95 runs from 48.5 overs.

Lancashire won by 181 runs; Lancashire 23 points, YORKSHIRE 5 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Scarborough; 8-11 September 1989; Lancashire won the toss.

Lancashire first innings: 347 (Fairbrother 161, Fowler 58; Carrick 4-69, Batty 3-75)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 237 (Pickles 62, Moxon 54; Fitton 5-53)

Lancashire second innings: 369 for 8 declared (Fowler 123, Fairbrother 67, Mendis 66; Batty 5-118, Jarvis 3-103)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 295 (Robinson 117; Watkinson 3-36, Allott 3-59)

The evergreen Fairbrother and Fowler piled on the runs as Lancashire recorded back-to-back roses wins in 1989.

Lancashire won by 184 runs; YORKSHIRE 6 points, Lancashire 24 points

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