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Middlesbrough's Twilight Years, 1970-1996

By Gary Watton
June 8 2013

Once upon a time in the north east, Acklam Park, Middlesbrough played host to cricket matches on behalf of Yorkshire CCC from 1956. Come with me now, children, as we fondly recall all the County Championship encounters in Middlesbrough dating back to 1970. Happy browsing!

versus Glamorgan; 16, 18-19 May 1970; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 124 (Close 56; Williams 4-32, Nash 4-49)

Glamorgan first innings: 161 (Lewis 56; Nicholson 3-26, Hutton 3-33, Cope 3-49)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 159 (Boycott 68; Nash 4-62, Davis 3-1)

Glamorgan second innings: 124 for 5

In a low-scoring contest, the seamer Malcolm Nash inflicted much damage upon the hosts with eight wickets.

Glamorgan won by five wickets; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Glamorgan 14 points

 

versus Warwickshire; 8, 10-11 May 1971; Warwickshire won the toss.

Warwickshire first innings: 303 for 8 declared (M.Smith 113, Amiss 112; Nicholson 5-75)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 269 (Padgett 99, Boycott 61; Gibbs 7-66)

Warwickshire second innings: 232 for 6 declared (Kanhai 103; Wilson 4-108) 

YORKSHIRE second innings: 267 for 7 (Boycott 110, Woodford 101; Gibbs 3-69)

Boycott and Woodford put on 161 for the first wicket as Yorkshire reached their target of 267 off only fifty-two overs.

YORKSHIRE won by three wickets; YORKSHIRE 15 points, Warwickshire 8 points

 

versus Gloucestershire; 10-12 May 1972; YORKSHIRE won the toss

YORKSHIRE first innings: 185 (Hutton 57*; Procter 4-35)

Gloucestershire first innings: 135 (Nicholson 5-55, Hutton 3-22)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 173 (Boycott 68; Procter 6-56, Mortimore 3-11)

Gloucestershire second innings: 97 (Cope 4-31, Old 3-4, Hutton 3-15)

The visitors couldn't 'cope' (if you can excuse the pun) with Yorkshire's bowlers. Chris Old took three for 4 off 10.1 overs!

YORKSHIRE won by 126 runs; YORKSHIRE 16 points, Gloucestershire 5 points

 

versus Northamptonshire; 6-7 June 1973

Northamptonshire first innings: 111 (Old 5-34, Robinson 3-19)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 278 (Leadbeater 71, Old 66, Hampshire 57; Bedi 4-68, Dye 3-48)

Northamptonshire second innings: 100 (Old 4-19)

His heroics in this rout would have gone a long way to persuade the England selectors of the all-round merits of Chris Old.

YORKSHIRE won by an innings and 67 runs; YORKSHIRE 20 points, Northamptonshire 4 points

 

versus Middlesex; 22 and 24 June 1974; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 116 (Titmus 7-39)

Middlesex first innings: 204 (Featherstone 107; Cope 7-101, Nicholson 3-30)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 144 (Boycott 63; Titmus 7-75, Edmonds 3-38)

Middlesex second innings: 60 for 2

Veteran England spin bowler Fred Titmus demolished the home team's batting with 14 for 114 from 64.3 overs.

Middlesex won by eight wickets; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Middlesex 16 points

 

versus Essex; 13, 15-16 September 1975; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 286 (Boycott 92, Johnson 85; Lever 4-55, Acfield 4-68)

Essex first innings: 170 (Pont 50; Old 5-57, Carrick 3-19)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 210 for 6 declared (Old 57*; Acfield 3-51)

Essex second innings: 267 (Smith 100, McEwan 59; Robinson 3-27, Carrick 3-90)

In spite of a valiant effort from Smith, batting at number eight, Yorkshire did just enough to secure a triumph.

YORKSHIRE won by 59 runs; YORKSHIRE 17 points, Essex 5 points

 

versus Glamorgan; 21, 23-24 August 1976; Glamorgan won the toss.

Glamorgan first innings: 349 for 7 (A. Jones 132, Hopkins 55, Richards 53*, Ellis 51; Carrick 4-98)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 352 for 8 (Bairstow 106, Cope 57, Carrick 54; Nash 4-83)

Glamorgan second innings: 320 for 3 declared (A.Jones 156*, Richards 102*)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 318 for 3 (Boycott 156*, Love 50)

The Tykes reached their target off only 55.2 overs! Allan Jones hit almost 300 runs and ended up on the losing team!

YORKSHIRE won by seven wickets; YORKSHIRE 17 points, Glamorgan 7 points

 

versus Essex; 27, 29-30 August 1977; Essex won the toss.

Essex first innings: 108 (Robinson 5-32, Stevenson 4-39)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 335 for 4 declared (Lumb 91, Cope 78, Hampshire 53*, Love 52*)

Essex second innings: 276 for 4 (Fletcher 106*, McEvoy 67*)

An unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 171 rescued Essex after they had been totally outplayed in the first half of this match. 

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 7 points, Essex 1 point

 

versus Worcestershire; 3, 5-6 June 1978; Worcestershire won the toss.

Worcestershire first innings: 200 (Cope 4-34, Carrick 3-39)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 314 (Sharp 89, Lumb 66; Watson 3-60)

Worcestershire second innings: 185 (Patel 57; Oldham 4-38)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 74 for 2

The white rose comfortably won for the sixth time at this venue in the 1970s, even in the absence of Mr Boycott.

YORKSHIRE won by eight wickets, YORKSHIRE 19 points, Worcestershire 5 points

 

versus Northamptonshire; 2-4 May 1979; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 322 for 8 (Lumb 113, Hampshire 55, Boycott 53; Griffiths 3-98)

Northamptonshire first innings: 251 for 9 (Yardley 66*, Williams 59; Stevenson 4-73, Oldham 3-31)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 18 for 1

The northern climate was the only winner of this contest which finished on the eve of the 1979 British general election.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 8 points, Northamptonshire 6 points

 

versus Sussex; 31 May, and 2-3 June 1980; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 216 for 5 declared (Boycott 85)

Sussex first innings: 208 for 7 declared (Wessels 92; Carrick 5-63)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 241 for 7 declared (Carrick 87, Old 74*; Spencer 3-90)

Sussex second innings: 146 for 4 (Wessels 64; Carrick 3-59)

Phil Carrick and the South African-Australian Kepler Wessels both had an impressive match in this close contest.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Sussex 4 points

 

versus Hampshire; 8, 10-11 August 1981; Hampshire won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 205 for 6 declared (Bairstow 71, Athey 64*)

Hampshire first innings: 150 for 0 declared (Rice 56*, Greenidge 53 retired hurt)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 208 for 3 declared (Hampshire 118*)

Hampshire second innings: 130 for 7 (Stevenson 5-41)

Graham Stevenson almost bowled his team to victory after Hampshire were reduced to 100 for 7 in the second innings.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 2 points; Hampshire 3 points

 

versus Northamptonshire; 19, 21-22 June 1982; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Northamptonshire first innings: 382 for 3 declared (Larkins 186, Cook 112*)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 142 for 4 (Athey 54)

No play was possible on the final day. Cook and Larkins had put Yorkshire's seamers to the sword, adding 278 together.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 1 point, Northamptonshire 5 points

 

versus Glamorgan; 4, 6-7 June 1983; Glamorgan won the toss.

Glamorgan first innings: 289 for 9 declared (Ontong 112; Dennis 4-54)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 125 (Selvey 5-37)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 408 for 4 declared (Athey 77, Love 76*, Bairstow 75*, Boycott 69, Lumb 56; Lloyd 4-132)

Glamorgan second innings: 162 for 7 (Jones 87)

Yorkshire almost emulated England's Ashes win at Leeds in 1981 by following on and then almost defeating Glamorgan.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 2 points, Glamorgan 6 points

 

versus Somerset; 2, 4-5 June 1984; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 309 (Love 112; Palmer 3-59, Davis 3-70)

Somerset first innings: 141 for 6 (Fletcher 4-24)

The Tykes had the edge in this contest, but there was no play on the final day which scuppered any possible home win.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 6 points, Somerset 4 points

 

versus Hampshire; 1, 3-4 June 1985; Hampshire won the toss.

Hampshire first innings: 341 for 6 declared (C.Smith 143, R.Smith 63, Marshall 50; Carrick 3-102)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 283 (Boycott 115; Marshall 5-48, Maru 3-65)

Hampshire second innings: 223 for 6 declared (R.Smith 68, Marshall 60; Carrick 3-99) 

YORKSHIRE second innings: 114 for 5 (Cowley 3-21)

The hosts merely clung on for a draw after Chris and Robin Smith and Malcolm Marshall had plundered lots of runs.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Hampshire 7 points

 

versus Leicestershire; 5, 7-8 July 1986; Leicestershire won the toss.

Leicestershire first innings: 314 (Boon 117, Potter 63, Whitticase 55; Sidebottom 8-72)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 309 (Boycott 127; Clift 4-35)

Leicestershire second innings: 82 for 4

Both teams produced almost identical first innings totals, with Arnie Sidebottom achieving his best first-class figures.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Leicestershire 5 points

 

versus Nottinghamshire; 30 May, 1-2 June 1987; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 218 (Carrick 52; Rice 4-68, Hadlee 3-35)

Nottinghamshire first innings: 347 (Rice 98, Randall 58; Jarvis 3-85)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 42 for 4

No play was possible on the final day, which was good news for Yorkshire, as they were being comprehensively outplayed.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Nottinghamshire 8 points

 

versus Hampshire; 28, 30-31 May 1988; Hampshire won the toss.

Hampshire first innings: 130 (Sidebottom 5-30)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 239 (Andrew 3-46, Cowley 3-49)

Hampshire second innings: 149 for 4 (C.Smith 88*)

Chris Smith recorded the only fifty of this match to rescue his team, who were also helped by a lack of play on day three.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 6 points, Hampshire 4 points

 

versus Sussex; 8, 10-11 July 1989; Sussex won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 260 for 8 declared (Metcalfe 64)

Sussex first innings: forfeited

YORKSHIRE second innings: forfeited

Sussex second innings: 252 (Gould 63, Speight 53; Sidebottom 5-56, Carrick 3-83)

Both teams contrived to produce a result, and a very narrow one at that! Sussex had been 128 for 3 and 185 for 5. 

YORKSHIRE won by 8 runs; YORKSHIRE 19 points, Sussex 3 points

 

versus Essex; 11 and 13 August 1990; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Essex first innings: 351 (Waugh 207*, Stephenson 62; Jarvis 4-53)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 180 (Metcalfe 60; Foster 4-63, Pringle 3-15, Such 3-34)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 160 (Andrew 5-55)

The hosts suffered the humiliation of losing by an innings after winning the toss. Mark Waugh dominated this 'contest'.

Essex won by an innings and 11 runs; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Essex 24 points

 

versus Sussex; 9-10, and 12 August 1991; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 241 (Kellett 66; Jones 5-46, Dodemaide 4-67)

Sussex first innings: 436 (A.Wells 253*, Donelan 59; Carrick 5-103)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 171 (Jones 4-41, Donelan 3-43)

The Tykes suffered the same fate for the second successive year. Allan Wells made light work of the home attack.

Sussex won by an innings and 24 runs; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Sussex 24 points

 

versus Somerset; 5-6, and 8 June 1992; Somerset won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 317 for 7 declared (Moxon 117, Kellett 87; Hayhurst 3-27)

Somerset first innings: 167 (Bartlett 56; Carrick 6-58, Robinson 3-34)

Somerset second innings: 57 for 0

No play was possible on the first day. Kellett and Moxon added 203 runs for the opening wicket, but it was all in vain.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 7 points, Somerset 3 points

 

versus Glamorgan; 3-5, and 7 June 1993; Glamorgan won the toss.

Glamorgan first innings: 323 (Dale 100, James 76; Stemp 3-51, Robinson 3-52, Jarvis 3-61)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 314 (Richardson 81, White 67, Moxon 51, Blakey 50; Watkin 4-59, Barwick 3-55)

Glamorgan second innings: 304 for 3 declared (Morris 134*, Maynard 58)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 192 (Metcalfe 56; Watkin 4-59, Lefebvre 3-11, Richards 3-22)

Caribbean legends Richards and Richardson were on opposing teams. Viv made a useful contribution as a bowler here!

Glamorgan won by 121 runs; YORKSHIRE 5 points, Glamorgan 21 points 

 

versus Nottinghamshire; 2-4 June 1994; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 181 (Kellett 50; Mike 5-44)

Nottinghamshire first innings: 159 (Silverwood 3-28, Hartley 3-53)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 121 (Pick 5-29, Mike 3-30)

Nottinghamshire second innings: 145 for 5 (Hartley 3-36)

Mike was the 'pick' of the visiting bowlers in this match that witnessed only one half century (from Simon Kellett).

Nottinghamshire won by five wickets; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Nottinghamshire 20 points

 

versus Gloucestershire; 29 June-1 July 1995; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 340 (Byas 108, Bevan 102; Srinath 6-63, Smith 3-80)

Gloucestershire first innings: 276 (Russell 87, Lynch 68; Robinson 4-46, Gough 3-76)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 145 (Srinath 4-34)

Gloucestershire second innings: 210 for 1 (Wright 107*, Cunliffe 51*)

Indian seamer Javagal Srinath wrecked Yorkshire's batting while opener John Wright made light work of the 210 target.

Gloucestershire won by nine wickets; YORKSHIRE 7 points, Gloucestershire 22 points

 

versus Surrey; 6-8, and 10 June 1996; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 305 (Vaughan 135; B.Hollioake 4-74, Benjamin 3-75)

Surrey first innings: 197 (Bicknell 52; Stemp 4-44, Vaughan 4-62)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 387 (Bevan 160*, Vaughan 91; Butcher 3-49)

Surrey second innings: 274 (Butcher 112; Gough 5-36)

Michael Vaughan demonstrated his England credentials in Yorkshire's last-ever match in Middlesbrough, which they won!

YORKSHIRE won by 221 runs; YORKSHIRE 23 points, Surrey 4 points

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