Friday 9 February 2007 

Yorkshire Cricket Returns To Sheffield

Yorkshire has a long and proud tradition of playing cricket in Sheffield, which used to be their headquarters. The famous Bramall Lane ground staged first class Yorkshire matches for 110 years from 1863-1973 and when cricket ended at the venue they moved to Abbeydale Park where Championship games and one-day fixtures were played from 1974-96.

And ten years on, Yorkshire is going back to Sheffield to play two 2nd team games, at Sheffield United Cricket Ground on 17th July and at Abbeydale Park on 18th-21st July.

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive Stewart Regan said ‘It’s fantastic that Yorkshire will be playing cricket back in Sheffield, where Yorkshire Cricket began. I’m confident the people of Sheffield will support Yorkshire and I hope this relationship can continue for many years to come.’

Sheffield City Council are in full support of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s return to Sheffield, Councillor Robert MacDonald, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration, Culture and Planning at Sheffield City Council said “We welcome the return of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club with open arms. It is a great privilege that they have chosen to return to the city and we hope their presence in the summer will attract more people to Sheffield.”

Yorkshire’s final senior appearance at Abbeydale Park came in May, 1996, when they drew their Championship match against Derbyshire and Yorkshire Seconds took their final bow at Abbeydale Park in June, 1996, when they lost a three-day Championship match against Gloucestershire by five wickets, despite a fine century from opener, Simon Kellett. In all, Yorkshire’s first team played 41 first class matches at Abbeydale, winning eight, losing 11 and drawing 22 with two games being abandoned because of bad weather. They played a total of 391 games at Bramall Lane, winning 163, losing 78 and drawing 150 with three abandonment’s.

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club Bowling Coach Steve Oldham will visit Abbeydale Park Cricket Club on Saturday 10th February at 10.30am to promote Yorkshire cricket returning to Sheffield and meet the staff at Abbeydale Park.