Statistical Preview: Yorkshire

Thursday 25th April 2019
& News
Written by Tom Skinner

Derbyshire’s next fixture is the second of three away games in five days against Yorkshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Emerald Headingley.

Heritage Officer, David Griffin, looks at the statistical background to the game.

Only Lancashire (75) have provided one-day opposition more frequently than Yorkshire who have been Derbyshire’s opponents on 68 occasions. Yorkshire have the upper hand overall, winning 40 matches, with Derbyshire winning 18, one match ending in a tie, five ‘No Results’ and four complete abandonments.

The two sides have met at ten different venues in List A games – Bradford, Chesterfield, Derby, Harrogate, Headingley, Hull, Lord’s, Scarborough, Sheffield (Abbeydale Park) and Sheffield (Bramall Lane).

The two sides first met in what was originally known as The Players County League (subsequently The John Player League) in July 1969 at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, and then just six weeks later in the final of the Gillette Cup, Derbyshire’s first ever appearance in a Lord’s final.

Both games resulted in Yorkshire wins, although Derbyshire secured their first win the following season in front of a huge crowd at Chesterfield when they triumphed by 40 runs.

Derbyshire batted well, totalling 194-5 in their 40 overs, but Geoff Boycott batted so slowly, that Yorkshire could only muster 154-4 in their 40-over reply.

The only tied game between these two sides – there have been eight in games involving Derbyshire – came at Derby in the NatWest Pro40 League in 2008. The game was televised under floodlights, and Derbyshire were in trouble at 128-6 needing 214 to win in a game reduced to 34 overs per side by rain.

Dan Redfern, however, aged just 18, produced a splendid, unbeaten 57, and along with Tom New, who scored 28 not out, almost steered Derbyshire home in a pulsating climax to the game.

Derbyshire’s highest innings total is 334-8 at Leeds in 2017 which included a fine 112 by Wayne Madsen, while Yorkshire’s highest total is 349-7 in the first innings of the same match.

Derbyshire’s highest total to win a game is 259-2 at Derby in 1997 when Chris Adams scored an unbeaten 109. Derbyshire’s 114-run win on that occasion, is still their highest-ever victory by runs against Yorkshire. Yorkshire’s highest win by runs is the 131-run victory at Derby in 2002.

Derbyshire’s narrowest wins were by one wicket at Harrogate in 1971, and by two runs at Hull in 1977. Yorkshire’s narrowest win was by one wicket at Derby in 1981.

Six Derbyshire players have scored centuries against Yorkshire, as follows;

  • 112      Wayne Madsen at Headingley in 2017
  • 109*    Ben Slater at Derby in 2018
  • 109*    Chris Adams at Derby in 1997
  • 103*    Martin Guptill at Chesterfield in 2011
  • 101      Kim Barnett at Headingley in 1989
  • 100      Chris Taylor at Headingley in 2006

Just one Derbyshire player has been dismissed in the 90s for Derbyshire against Yorkshire – Wes Durston making 95 at Leeds in 2011.

Two Derbyshire bowlers have taken five wickets against Yorkshire – Colin Tunnicliffe took 5-24 at Derby in 1981, and Ravi Rampaul took 5-48 on the same ground in 2018.

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