Michael Parkinson Played His Cricket Here

Lancashire Under 17s have gone to Barnsley Cricket Club to play their two day Match of the Roses but there is as yet no play on the second day.

Day One had seen 15 wickets falling at regular intervals.  This is not typical for this format of the game.  Yorkshire were bowled out for 112 and Lancashire battled to 79 for 5 at close of play and the suitability of this wicket for cricketers of this calibre must be questioned.

Bonus points are heavily weighted towards first innings performances, so one side at least is anxious to get back on to the field of play.

Organised cricket has been played in Barnsley since 1834 and the Shaw Lane ground has a wonderful history having been opened on 14th June 1859, when the original home side the Clarence Club played and defeated their visitors the Holbeck Club.

The All-England Eleven first visited the ground in 1860 and in May 1862 they returned to play a team described as “20 of Yorkshire”.  Later that summer they returned again to play “14 of Yorkshire” in a three day match on August 25th, 26th and 27th.  The score card can be viewed at Cricket Archive.

The All-England Eleven in 1847 with George Parr, The Lion of the North, second from left. Fifteen years later he was in the side playing at Shaw Lane.

All England won the toss and elected to bat but were soon in trouble with Hodgson and Slinn skittling them out for 47 with Clarke the only batsman to reach double figures.  

In front of a crowd described as ‘numerous’, Yorkshire went out to bat.  They too were soon losing wickets.  Third Man hopes this fact might bring comfort to the fifteen 17 year olds who lost their wickets yesterday, but he doubts it.

Yorkshire’s reputation for dour defence and slow scoring could have its ancestry in this innings as their 136 (for 13 all out) was scored off 97 four ball overs with Tinley taking 6 for 45 in 68 deliveries.

With their reputations and not inconsiderable wagers at stake the All England Team must have flinched when their first four batsmen could gather in only 8 runs, but 29 from Rowbotham, 60 and 60 from the two Georges, Parr and Tarrant, and 22 from Hayward saw them post 205. Hodgson claimed a further 3 wickets and Greenwood took 4 for 49.

This left Yorkshire with 116 to win, but batting conditions were most unlikely to have improved and wickets were soon falling to Wootton, 4 for 33, and Tarrant, 7 for 26, leaving the 14 of Yorkshire 30 runs short.

Top class cricket did not return to Barnsley for 100 years.  It may be cruel to wonder why, but the club would counter by pointing to its record of having produced, as young players, Geoff Boycott, Martyn Moxon, Arnie Sidebottom, Graham Stevenson and Garren Gough – not to mention Dickie Bird, Michael Parkinson and Steve Oldham whose brooding presence on a chair by the sight screen will yesterday have watched the Yorkshire bowlers with a furrowed brow.

The one day match between the two sides is being moved to Leeds University but this is probably because the England Ladies are playing here at the weekend and there may just be more chance of the Under 17s one-dayer going ahead at the University.

Match Abandoned 5pm.

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