Wednesday 22 January 2014 

Graham Stevenson Dies Aged 58

View of Headingley
Headingley is mourning the loss of Graham Stevenson
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Yorkshire have confirmed that former all-rounder Graham Stevenson, capped six times by England, died yesterday (21st January) aged 58.

Stevenson was born in Ackworth and went on to play in 177 first-class matches for Yorkshire between 1973 and 1986. He ended his career by playing one season with Northamptonshire in 1987.

He played two Tests and four One-Day Internationals in 1980 and 1981 and is fondly remembered as a highly-skilled seam bowler and destructive lower-order batsman.

These qualities made him an entertaining cricketer to watch and an asset to Yorkshire's one-day team, for which he played 216 times, scoring 1,699 runs and taking 210 wickets.

In all first-class cricket, he scored 3,965 runs and took 488 wickets.

A statement from Yorkshire recalled some of his finest performances on the field, highlighting the following:

"In 1978 he was the scourge of Lancashire, destroying them in their first innings at Headingley with figures of 8-65, Yorkshire going on to win by an innings and 32 runs on the second day.

"At Old Trafford later in the season, Yorkshire were triumphant by ten wickets with Stevenson taking 5-61 and 3-57. His new-ball partner, Chris Old, also had a significant say in that match with an unbeaten century and 4-38 and 5-47.

"But perhaps one of most headline grabbing acts was with the bat when he shared a Yorkshire record-breaking last wicket stand of 149 with Boycott against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

"Coming in as last man, Stevenson thrashed 115 not out, at the time the highest unbeaten score ever recorded by a No 11 batsman."

Stevenson had unfortunately been ill for some time.

He suffered a severe stroke three months ago and passed away in hospital.

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