Greats return for 150th celebration

Club President Geoffrey Boycott with Captain Andrew Gale
Club President Geoffrey Boycott with Captain Andrew Gale

YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club legends Michael Vaughan and Geoffrey Boycott were back at the site of where it all began this week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the club.

Former England captain Vaughan and Boycott, who scored more than 150 first class centuries for Yorkshire and England in his career and is now the club’s President, were joined by current Tykes’ captain Andrew Gale at the Crucible Theatre on Tuesday night.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club was ‘born’ in Sheffield on January 8, 1863 in the Adelphi Theatre. On the site now stands the Crucible’s Studio Theatre where the Sesquicentennial Soiree took place, hosted by the BBC’s Harry Gration. Boycott told Yorkshire CCC’s official website that the club is unique: “Our traditions are second to none and our achievements are unsurpassed. We have won more County Championship than any other county.

“We are nothing without our history and hopefully over the next 150 years we can continue to progress in the same vein.

“Our traditions set us apart. Like the Yorkshire rose, which is distinctive and different from anyone of the other counties. It was created by Lord Hawke.

“It’s 11 petals signifying 11 players. These are traditions you can’t take away from the club.”

Around 450 cricket fans, former players and the current first team and academy squads attended the function, however Sheffield’s Joe Root was absent on England duty in India.

Root made his Test debut for his country this winter and has replaced fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow in the one-day squad. The first of five One Day Internationals starts tomorrow (Friday) morning in Rajkot.