The 19th Century Foundations of Yorkshire’s Cricketing Power

County cricket at Dewsbury in the early 20th century   Although they didn’t know it, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club XI that won the county championship in August 1893 ended a long period of under-achievement, and set the club on the road to a period of sporting success that lasted until the late 1960s.  This did not just happen, but resulted from the development of strongly competitive local cricket with roots back to the early 19th century and, crucially, resolution of disputes between representatives of different parts of Yorkshire, which had dogged the county for years. Yorkshire County Cricket...

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