Yorkshire County Cricket Club was founded in 1863 and has the most illustrious history of any of the 18 English first-class counties.
Yorkshire won the first of its record thirty County Championship titles in 1893 and the last in 2001. Prior to that Yorkshire were Champion County on five occasions and have also won five major domestic one-day trophies.
The Club play their matches at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground in Leeds and also play home games at North Marine Road, Scarborough – the home of the world famous Scarborough Cricket Festival.
The Headingley Carnegie ground has staged many memorable international matches down the years. Don Bradman enjoyed the Leeds air, scoring 334, 304, 103 and 173 not out in four Tests between 1930 and 1948. Ian Botham (149*) rescued an impossible situation in 1981 to set up a Bob Willis (8-43) inspired victory after England had followed on. And England beat the West Indies in two days in 2000. The West Indies were dismissed for 172 and 61 as Yorkshire’s Michael Vaughan (76), Darren Gough (3-59 and 4-30) and Craig White (5-57) ran riot.
In almost 150 years the Club has seen some true legends of world cricket pass through its playing squad. From Lord Hawke, Herbert Sutcliffe, Wilfred Rhodes, Hedley Verity, Sir Len Hutton, Bob Appleyard, Brian Close, Fred Trueman, Ray Illingworth, David Bairstow and Geoffrey Boycott to the modern era which has seen Michael Vaughan, Darren Gough, Craig White, Matthew Hoggard, Darren Lehmann and Tim Bresnan represent the White Rose County.
The Yorkshire public are passionate about their cricket, but have been starved of significant success in recent years. The Championship title in 2001 was the first in thirty-three years and Martyn Moxon (Director of Professional Cricket) and the Club’s skipper, Andrew Gale, are keen to galvanise the current young Yorkshire side into a winning unit over the next few seasons.