Come On You Tykes
Hull's Twilight Years, 1970-1974
By Gary Watton
June 14 2013

Unless you are of a certain vintage, it is easy to overlook the fact that the Circle at Hull played host to almost ninety first-class cricket encounters. Let us briefly recall the last three County Championship fixtures from the early 1970s for a city more renowned for its rugby league exploits.

versus Somerset; 12, 14 and 15 September 1970

YORKSHIRE first innings: 306 (Hampshire 85, Close 68; Palmer 3-67)

Somerset first innings: 111 (Old 3-29, Nicholson 3-31)

Somerset second innings: 165 (Virgin 53; Cope 4-33)

Brian Close signed off from his old county with a 68 against his next employers!

YORKSHIRE won by an innings and 30 runs; YORKSHIRE 19 points, Somerset 3 points

 

versus Essex; 14, 16 and 17 August 1971; Essex won the toss.

Essex first innings: 153 for 4 declared (Saville 64)

YORKSHIRE first innings: 91 (Hobbs 4-13)

Essex second innings: 87 (Wilson 6-35, Bore 3-27)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 139 for 9 

Yorkshire's run chase included three run outs. Having been 135 for 6, they finished 11 runs shy of victory.

Match drawn; YORKSHIRE 2 points, Essex 5 points

 

versus Worcestershire; 6, 8 and 9 July 1974; Yorkshire won the toss.

YORKSHIRE first innings: 101 (Gifford 3-23, Brain 3-27)

Worcestershire first innings: 373 (D'Oliveira 227; Wilson 3-65)

YORKSHIRE second innings: 189 (Hampshire 87)

Not content with compiling a double century, Basil D'Oliveira also took four wickets at a cost of 23 runs. 

Worcestershire won by an innings and 83 runs; YORKSHIRE 3 points, Worcestershire 17 points