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1983's Sunday Triumphs

By Gary Watton
June 14 2013

1983 was that most rare of summers. It experienced an embarrassing bottom of the table finish for the once-mighty Yorkshire in the County Championship. Meanwhile, this very same under-achieving county was seemingly reserving its best cricket for an arena that had been annually alien to them: the forty-overs Sunday League! All of this flipping of the county's stereotype was executed in the midst of the remarkable return of the prodigal son, one Raymond Illingworth, from self-imposed exile in Leicestershire. Now a fast-approaching senior citizen, of fifty years, Illy was back to throw his weight around at the likes of Geoffrey Boycott. Life was never dull in the garden with the white roses. 

A full review of all Yorkshire's fixtures can be located underneath. Happy browsing

 

1983 John Player League Table

                              P      W      L     T    NR    Pts 
 1  Yorkshire            16     10      3     -     3     46
 2  Somerset            16     10      3     -     3     46
 3  Kent                    16      8      3     -     5     42
 4  Sussex                16      9      5     -     2     40
 5  Hampshire           16      9      6     -     1     38
 6  Derbyshire           16      7      5     -     4     36
    Essex                   16      7     5     -     4.    36
 8  Lancashire            16     5      5     1     5     32
    Middlesex             16      7      7     -     2     32
10  Glamorgan          16      6      8     -     2     28
11  Leicestershire      16      4      7     -     5     26
    Surrey                16      4      7     -     5     26
    Worcestershire      16      4      7     3     2     26
14  Gloucestershire    16      4      8     -      4     24
15  Northamptonshire 16      5     10     -     1     22
    Nottinghamshire    16      4      9     1     2     22
    Warwickshire        16      4      9     1     2     22
Yorkshire finished in first place by having more away wins than Somerset.
 

Warwickshire versus YORKSHIRE; in Birmingham; 8th May; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Warwickshire: 175 for 5 (24 overs) - Amiss 55*; Jarvis 3-39

YORKSHIRE: 176 for 4 (22.4 overs) - Athey 72*

This was effectively a prototypye Twenty20 tussle. Chris Old now played for Warwickshire.

YORKSHIRE won by six wickets; Warwickshire 0 points, YORKSHIRE 4 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Surrey; in Leeds; 15th May

Match abandoned; YORKSHIRE 2 points, Surrey 2 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Middlesex; in Hull; 22nd May; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Middlesex: 127 (39 overs) - Illingworth 4-6, Boycott 3-15

YORKSHIRE: 80 for 6 (24 overs) - Emburey 3-19

Ray Illingworth bowled eight overs and three maidens for a loss of six runs!

YORKSHIRE won on faster scoring rate; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Middlesex 0 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Somerset; in Bradford; 29th May; Somerset won the toss.

YORKSHIRE: 164 for 8 (40 overs)

Somerset: 147 for 4 (32.1 overs)

While Sidebottom bowled eight overs for a loss of 23 runs, Carrick conceded 32 off 3.1 overs.

Somerset won on faster scoring rate; YORKSHIRE 0 points, Somerset 4 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Hampshire; in Middlesbrough; 5th June; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Hampshire: 255 for 9 (40 overs) - Greenidge 89, Nicholas 68

YORKSHIRE: 257 for 4 (38.5 overs) - Love 82*, Hartley 67; Cowley 3-39

Jim Love and Stephen Hartley compiled an unbeaten stand of 150 to win against the odds.

YORKSHIRE won by six wickets; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Hampshire 0 points

 

Glamorgan versus YORKSHIRE; in Cardiff; 12th June; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Glamorgan: 167 (40 overs) - Stevenson 4-43

YORKSHIRE: 155 for 9 (40 overs) - Thomas 5-38

This was one of the rare occasions in 1983 when Yorkshire batted second and lost.

Glamorgan won by 12 runs; Glamorgan 4 points, YORKSHIRE 0 points

 

Worcestershire versus YORKSHIRE; in Worcester; 26th June; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Worcestershire: 127 (30.1 overs) - Carrick 3-20, Stevenson 3-25

YORKSHIRE: 128 for 6 (30.2 overs) - Patel 3-28

Yorkshire's opening bowler, Simon Dennis, conceded only thirteen runs from his six overs.

YORKSHIRE won by four wickets; Worcestershire 0 points, YORKSHIRE 4 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Leicestershire; in Scarborough; 3rd July; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Leicestershire: 160 for 8 (40 overs) - Sidebottom 3-33

YORKSHIRE: 161 for 3 (37.1 overs)

All five Yorkshire batsmen reached double figures as they cruised to triumph.

YORKSHIRE won by seven wickets; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Leicestershire 0 points

 

Northamptonshire versus YORKSHIRE; in Tring; 10th July; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Northamptonshire: 131 for 9 (40 overs) - Illingworth 3-17

YORKSHIRE: 132 for 0 (34.3 overs) - Boycott 64*, Athey 63*

This was an emphatic victory as three England cricketers assisted the visitors.

YORKSHIRE won by ten wickets; Northamptonshire 0 points, YORKSHIRE 4 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Kent; in Scarborough; 17th July; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Kent: 8 for 0 (1 over)

Simon Dennis conceded seven runs off his opening over and then the weather intervened and ended the match.

No result; YORKSHIRE 2 points, Kent 2 points

 

Sussex versus YORKSHIRE; in Hove; 24th July; Sussex won the toss.

Sussex: 135 (39.3 overs) - Stevenson 3-35

YORKSHIRE: 141 for 4 (38.2 overs) - Boycott 75*

Geoffrey Boycott reminded the spectators that he was equally comfortable in one-day cricket.

YORKSHIRE won by six wickets; Sussex 0 points, YORKSHIRE 4 points

 

Nottinghamshire versus YORKSHIRE; in Nottingham; 31st July; Nottinghamshire won the toss.

YORKSHIRE: 106 for 6 (13 overs) - Bore 3-41

Nottinghamshire: 107 for 1 (12.2 overs) - Rice 66*

It was Yorkshire's misfortune to lose the toss, enabling Clive Rice to thrash a rapid 66.

Nottinghamshire won by nine wickets; Nottinghamshire 4 points; YORKSHIRE 0 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Lancashire; in Leeds; 7th August; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Lancashire: 162 for 8 (40 overs)

YORKSHIRE: 163 for 6 (38.5 overs)

Although wicket-less, Phil Carrick bowled eight overs for a loss of only seventeen runs.

YORKSHIRE won by four wickets; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Lancashire 0 points

 

Gloucestershire versus YORKSHIRE; in Cheltenham; 14th August; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Gloucestershire: 233 for 5 (40 overs) - Broad 96; Dennis 3-49

YORKSHIRE: 234 for 6 (39.1 overs) - Sharp 53

In spite of Chris Broad's heroics, Yorkshire took a giant stride with this successful run chase.

YORKSHIRE won by four wickets; Gloucestershire 0 points, YORKSHIRE 4 points

 

YORKSHIRE versus Derbyshire; in Bradford; 28th August; YORKSHIRE won the toss.

Derbyshire: 168 for 7 (40 overs) - Carrick 4-13

YORKSHIRE: 171 for 8 (39.2 overs) - Sharp 56; Holding 3-25

The Tykes were on the brink of Sunday League glory after Carrick bowled eight overs for thirteen runs!

YORKSHIRE won by two wickets; YORKSHIRE 4 points, Derbyshire 0 points

 

Essex versus YORKSHIRE; in Chelmsford; 11th September

Although Somerset won at home to Warwickshire, Yorkshire bizarrely 'won' the 2 points they needed here! 

Match abandoned; Essex 2 points, YORKSHIRE 2 points 

 

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