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Bramall Lane, Sheffield's Twilight Years, 1970-1973

By Gary Watton
June 6 2013

Here are the last fourteen County Championship fixtures that were played out on the once-hallowed turf of Bramall Lane, before the curtain came down on this historic venue. Once upon a time, this ground had played host to an Ashes test match back in 1902, during the Edwardian era.

versus Hampshire; 6,8 and 9 June 1970; Hampshire won the toss

Hampshire first innings: 144 (Old 3-26, Cope 3-30)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 288 for 9 declared (Padgett 106, Cope 50; White 4-84, Cottam 3-114)

Hampshire second innings: 139 (Wilson 4-49, Nicholson 3-21)

The only century partnership in this match was 111 between Doug Padgett and Geoff Cope for Yorkshire's fourth wicket. 

YORKSHIRE won by an innings and 5 runs; YORKSHIRE 15 points, Hampshire 1 point

 

versus Nottinghamshire; 24-26 June 1970

YORKSHIRE first innings: 252 (Padgett 108; Stead 4-43, Sobers 3-46)

Nottinghamshire first innings: 106 (Old 3-8, Wilson 3-26, Hutton 3-28)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 189 for 7 declared

Nottinghamshire second innings: 259 for 6 (Sobers 144*; Wilson 4-99)

Chasing 336 to win, the visitors were reeling at 60 for 5, but a certain Gary Sobers batted his team to safety.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 7 points, Nottinghamshire 2 points

 

versus Leicestershire; 1-3 July 1970; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Leicestershire first innings: 184 (Booth 84, Birkenshaw 57; Bore 4-33, Hutton 4-35)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 131 (Stringer 5-43, Cross 3-34)

Leicestershire second innings: 265 for 3 declared (Marner 110, Inman 103*)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 187 for 2 (Boycott 82*, Sharpe 53)

Brian Booth and Jack Birkenshaw were the only two batsmen who reached ten or more in the away team's first innings.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Leicestershire 6 points

 

versus Kent; 18, 20 and 21 July 1970; Kent won the toss.

Kent first innings: 132 (Hutton 4-27, Old 4-48)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 349 (Boycott 148, Sharpe 108; Shepherd 5-123, Brown 3-95)

Kent second innings: 292 (Denness 96, Ealham 85; Hutton 3-49, Nicholson 3-70)

Mike Denness saved Kent from a likely defeat. Yorkshire would have only needed to chase 76 runs, but time ran out.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 8 points, Kent 1 point

 

versus Worcestershire; 2-4 June 1971

Worcestershire first innings: 244 (Headley 80; Cope 5-95, Hutton 3-41)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 160 (Gifford 5-74)

Worcestershire second innings: 197 for 9 declared (Griffith 59; Wilson 6-77)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 101 (Gifford 5-24, Griffith 4-24)

Spin bowler Norman Gifford tormented the hosts with remarkable match figures of ten wickets for 98 from 60.4 overs.

Worcestershire won by 180 runs; YORKSHIRE 3 points, Worcestershire 15 points

 

versus Surrey; 26, 28 and 29 June 1971; Surrey won the toss.

Surrey first innings: 167 (Old 3-15, Hutton 3-47, Nicholson 3-50)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 209 (Boycott 58; Pocock 5-52, Arnold 3-54)

Surrey second innings: 213 for 6 declared (Younis Ahmed 79)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 83 for 0

The best bowling performance in this contest came from Pat 'Percy' Pocock who took five for 52 from 29 overs.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 7 points, Surrey 4 points

 

versus Gloucestershire; 17, 19 and 20 July 1971; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 225 (Sharpe 67; Procter 4-29, Brown 4-47)

Gloucestershire first innings: 276 for 9 declared (Milton 54, Knight 51; Bore 6-63)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 251 for 5 declared (Hampshire 105*, Padgett 63)

Gloucestershire second innings: 201 for 6 (Procter 111, Bissex 50)

Recovering from 11 for 3 in the second innings, the visitors defied the odds to reach their target off just 40.3 overs.

Gloucestershire won by four wickets; YORKSHIRE 3 points, Gloucestershire 15 points

 

*versus Lancashire; starting on 31 July 1971 [See the section Roses Skirmishes, 1970 to 1979 for details)*

 

versus Derbyshire; 10, 12 and 13 June 1972; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Derbyshire innings: 121 (Page 55; Old 5-26, Hutton 3-32)

YORKSHIRE innings: 116 for 8 (Hendrick 5-28)

The seam bowlers dominated a match reduced by the weather to a one-innings contest. Both teams narrowly failed to win.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 0 points, Debyshire 0 points

 

versus Warwickshire; 24, 26 and 27 June 1972; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 266 (Lumb 70; Brown 4-58, McVicker 4-63)

Warwickshire first innings: 60 (Cope 3-6)

Warwickshire second innings: 114 for 4

The away team were in grave danger at 16 for 3 when following on, but the naughty weather intervened to rescue them.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Warwickshire 1 point

 

versus Worcestershire; 8, 10 and 11 July 1972; Worcestershire won the toss.

Worcestershire first innings: 228 for 6 declared (Turner 76)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 222 (Lumb 79; Holder 4-49, Cumbes 3-62)

Worcestershire second innings: 133 (D'Oliveira 58; Old 5-39, Hutton 3-31)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 36 for 2

A lack of time deprived both teams of an interesting conclusion as Yorkshire needed 140 for victory.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Worcestershire 8 points

 

versus Somerset; 9, 11 and 12 June 1973

Somerset first innings: 124 (Nicholson 6-44, Robinson 3-38)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 320 for 9 declared (Sharpe 133, Johnson 107; Burgess 5-66)

Somerset second innings: 213 (Burgess 66; Carrick 5-41, Nicholson 3-48)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 19 for 1

The seamer Tony Nicholson did most of the damage as Yorkshire made light work of their west country visitors.

YORKSHIRE won by nine wickets; YORKSHIRE 17 points, Somerset 1 point 

 

versus Derbyshire; 28, 30 and 31 July 1973; Debyshire won the toss.

Derbyshire first innings: 117 (Old 4-49, Nicholson 3-26, Cooper 3-30)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 210 (Lumb 51; Hendrick 5-69)

Derbyshire second innings: 284 for 7 declared (Bolus 138, Taylor 61*; Bore 4-69)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 192 for 6 (Sharpe 60; Hendrick 3-55)

In spite of the best efforts of Mike Hendrick, the hosts managed to achieve the required target off only 40.1 overs.

YORKSHIRE won by four wickets; YORKSHIRE 16 points, Derbyshire 4 points

 

*versus Lancashire; starting on 4 August 1973 [See the section Roses Skirmishes, 1970 to 1979 for details)*

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