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2001: A Championship-Winning Year!

By Gary Watton
June 14 2013

After a frustratingly long wait of thirty-three years, the prolonged agony of the long-suffering Yorkshire faithful was spectacularly ended in 2001 when big David Byas captained the white rose to its first County Championship success since 1968. In the intervening period, the Tykes bravely soldiered on for 24 summers as the only county that had the courage and integrity to recruit exclusively within the county borders. However, as the Tykes slipped down the national chart of English cricket, the bitter pill had to be consumed and indeed embraced. By the start of the new century, Yorkshire were able to profit from having developed a squad of both talented Yorkshiremen and non-Yorkshire personnel. In 2001, the team really clicked, and all the scores from that historic season can be located underneath. 

What was especially remarkable about this successful summer is that Yorkshire had to cope with a revolving door of personnel and certainly did not enjoy the stability of a settled line-up. Through all this apparent chaos, the batting of Byas and Lehmann shone while new man Steve Kirby bowled with hostility and instantly attracted the media who requested his inclusion in the failing national team. Darren Gough and Craig White were missing for a portion of the summer as they fought in vain in the Ashes debacle. Matthew Hoggard and Michael Vaughan were injured for much of the summer. No matter what combination that was thrown into battle, the end result was one of glory, even allowing for back-to-back defeats in the two final fixtures, after the championship had already been won.

CricInfo Championship Final Division One Table, 2001

            .  .  P W L D Bat Bowl Deduct Points

Yorkshire.  .  16 9 3 4 50 45 0.00 219.00

Somerset.  .  16 6 2 8 55 44 0.00 203.00

Kent  .  .  .   16 4 3 9 48 44 1.00 175.00

Surrey.  .  . 16 3 1 12 43 43 0.50 169.50

Leicestershire 16 5 6 5 38 47 0.00 165.00

Lancashire.  . 16 4 5 7 38 39 0.00 153.00

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Northamptonshire 16 2 5 9 52 36 0.00 148.00

Glamorgan.  .  .  16 2 5 9 36 37 0.00 133.00

Essex.  .  .  .  .   16 2 7 7 28 36 0.00 116.00

Kent versus YORKSHIRE; at Canterbury; 25-28 April; Kent won the toss.

Kent first innings: 142 (Silverwood 5-45)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 285 (Vaughan 71, Lehmann 68; Masters 3-52, Saggers 3-64, Ealham 3-72)

Kent second innings: 318 (Smith 103*, Key 98; Sidebottom 4-67, Silverwood 3-96)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 176 for 6

The Tykes reached their target off only 37.4 overs, although their second innings run chase was far from smooth.

YORKSHIRE won by four wickets; Kent 3 points, YORKSHIRE 17 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Somerset; at Headingley; 9-12 May; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Somerset first innings: 257 (Lathwell 65; Silverwood 3-57)

Yorkshire first innings: 231 (Vaughan 79, Fellows 63; Caddick 5-81, Jones 3-37)

Somerset second innings: 327 for 8 declared (Holloway 85, Cox 80, Burns 50; Vaughan 4-47)

Yorkshire second innings: 192 (Lehmann 77; Caddick 5-92, Jones 5-91)

This win was a personal triumph for Andrew Caddick despite being one of four Somerset players to suffer a run out.

Somerset won by 161 runs; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Somerset 17 points

 

Essex versus YORKSHIRE; at Chelmsford; 16-19 May; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 403 for 9 declared (Middlebrook 84, Silverwood 70, Byas 55; Cowan 3-111)

Essex first innings: 249 (Law 53; Fellows 3-23, Middlebrook 3-49)

Regrettably for Yorkshire, no play was possible on the first two days, as the Tykes subsequently were in the ascendancy.

Match drawn; Essex 8 points, YORKSHIRE 12 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Northamptonshire; at Headingley; 25-27 May; Northamptonshire won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 374 (Vaughan 133, Lumb 50; Cousins 8-102)

Northamptonshire first innings: 195 (Warren 65*; Silverwood 5-58)

Northamptonshire second innings: 255 (Loye 52; Hoggard 5-82)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 77 for 6 (Blain 4-34)

The hosts made hard work of their victory target of seventy-six after the away team were asked to follow on.

YORKSHIRE won by four wickets; YORKSHIRE 19 points, Northamptonshire 3 points

 

Glamorgan versus YORKSHIRE; at Swansea; 30 May-1 June; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 280 (Lehmann 75, Byas 63; Wharf 5-63, Watkin 3-49)

Glamorgan first innings: 104 (Silverwood 5-20)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 277 for 7 declared (Byas 105*, Fellows 61; Wharf 3-57)

Glamorgan second innings: 125 (Hamilton 5-27, Sidebottom 4-49)

Gavin Hamilton took seven match wickets from only seventeen overs as Glamorgan provided little resistance.

YORKSHIRE won by 328 runs; Glamorgan 3 points, YORKSHIRE 17 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Kent; at Headingley; 6-9 June; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Kent first innings: 212 (Smith 84, Key 58; Hoggard 4-48, Silverwood 3-38)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 413 (Lehmann 90, Wood 90, Richardson 69, Blakey 59; Fleming 4-53, Patel 3-74)

Kent second innings: 250 (Kirby 7-50)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 53 for 1

The hosts reached their fifty-run target off only twelve overs. Steve Kirby didn't even bowl in Kent's first innings.

YORKSHIRE won by nine wickets; YORKSHIRE 20 points, Kent 4 points

 

Somerset versus YORKSHIRE; at Bath; 13-16 June; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Somerset first innings: 553 for 5 declared (Burns 221, Lathwell 98*, Cox 95, Wood 71)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 589 for 5 (Lehmann 187*, Wood 124, Blakey 78*, Richardson 68, Fellows 63)

Only ten wickets fell in four days' play as both teams amassed a total of over 1,100 runs. It all ended in stalemate.

Match drawn: Somerset 10 points, YORKSHIRE 10 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Leicestershire; at Headingley; 29 June-1 July; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 500 (Lumb 122, Lehmann 104, Wood 102; Malcolm 5-123, DeFreitas 3-95)

Leicestershire first innings: 174 (Kirby 6-46)

Leicestershire second innings: 99 (Kirby 6-26, Hoggard 3-43)

Paceman Steve Kirby savaged the away team's batsmen who were perhaps demoralised after Yorkshire's runs bonanza.

YORKSHIRE won by an innings and 227 runs; YORKSHIRE 20 points, Leicestershire 2 points

 

Northamptonshire versus YORKSHIRE; at Northampton; 4-7 July; Northamptonshire won the toss.

Northamptonshire first innings: 253 (Hussey 64, Loye 50; Kirby 3-34)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 309 (Byas 110*, Wood 55; Brown 3-85)

Northamptonshire second innings: 298 (Hussey 122, Swann 55; Hamilton 4-47)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 10 for 1

Mike Hussey demonstrated his class in this contest while David Byas took four catches and then hit an unbeaten century.

Match drawn; Northamptonshire 9 points, YORKSHIRE 10 points

 

*YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; at Headingley; 27-30 July [See the Roses Skirmishes, 2000-2010 section.]*

 

YORKSHIRE versus Surrey; at Headingley; 1-4 August; Surrey won the toss.

Surrey first innings: 278 (Salisbury 54; Kirby 4-90)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 204 (Lehmann 52; Giddins 4-50, Saqlain Mushtaq 3-23, Bicknell 3-67)

Surrey second innings: 281 (B.Hollioake 68; Dawson 6-98, Hamilton 3-66)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 244 for 2 (Lehmann 106*, Wood 85*)

If a full day's play had been possible on the final day, Yorkshire, needing 356, might have gone on to record a superb win.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 8 points, Surrey 9 points

 

*Lancashire versus YORKSHIRE; at Old Trafford; 7-10 August [See the Roses Skirmishes, 2000-2010 section.]*

 

Leicestershire versus YORKSHIRE; at Leicester; 15-18 August; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 230 (Vaughan 82; Wells 3-37, Maddy 3-43)

Leicestershire first innings: 121 (White 3-11)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 429 for 8 declared (Lehmann 193, Byas 100; Ormond 5-146)

Leicestershire second innings: 370 (Wells 133, DeFreitas 97; White 3-28, Kirby 3-82)

Lehmann, Byas, and the returning Vaughan heaped misery on the hosts while Craig White weighed in with six wickets.

YORKSHIRE won by 168 runs; Leicestershire 3 points, YORKSHIRE 16 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Glamorgan; at Scarborough; 21-24 August; Glamorgan won the toss.

Glamorgan first innings: 223 (Dale 59; Dawson 6-82, Sidebottom 3-34)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 580 for 9 declared (White 183, Wood 124, Byas 104, Blakey 54; Cosker 4-168)

Glamorgan second innings: 245 (Kirby 4-40, Lehmann 3-56)

The champions-elect annihilated Glamorgan a second time. Craig White, dropped by England, cashed in with a big century.

YORKSHIRE won by an innings and 112 runs; YORKSHIRE 20 points, Glamorgan 3 points

 

Surrey versus YORKSHIRE; at the Oval; 5-8 September; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 235 (McGrath 116*, Wood 51; Salisbury 4-49, Bicknell 3-43)

Surrey first innings: 516 for 9 declared (Ramprakash 131, B.Hollioake 118, Butcher 90, Ward 63; Gray 4-128)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 235 (McGrath 73, Vaughan 61; Saqlain Mushtaq 7-58, Bicknell 3-83)

The outgoing champions left their mark on their successors as the most of the Tykes got themselves into an awful spin.

Surrey won by an innings and 46 runs; Surrey 20 points, YORKSHIRE 3 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Essex; at  Scarborough; 12-15 September; Essex won the toss.

Essex first innings: 250 (Hoggard 6-51)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 104 for 5 declared

Essex second innings: 172 for 8 declared (Irani 51*; Gray 3-30, Kirby 3-38)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 267 (Vaughan 113, McGrath 70; Grayson 5-20, Grant 3-81)

The champions collapsed from 204-2 in their run chase as Paul Grayson prevented his old team from finishing with a win. 

Essex won by 51 runs; YORKSHIRE 3 points, Essex 15 points

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