Nostalgia: Yorkshire Cricket

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Yorkshire cricketers have played a huge role in winning back the Ashes this year and it was much the same back in the sixties when a group of hardened players from God’s Own County made massive contributions to the international side.

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A head wound could not spoil Brian Close's celebration of the winning of the 1967 championship but he looks a little puzzled by the sight of a bespectacled Geoff Boycott pouring Ray Illingworth a glass of champagne.

A head wound could not spoil Brian Close's celebration of the winning of the 1967 championship but he looks a little puzzled by the sight of a bespectacled Geoff Boycott pouring Ray Illingworth a glass of champagne.

In 1967 this formidable group of men were captured in the dressing room after winning the County Championship and even the scars of battle, typically worn here by Brian Close did not spoil the celebrations .

Close and Trueman were tough professionals who along with the likes of Illingworth, Boycott and Sharp took Yorkshire to countless victories and an enviable collection of silverware.

Rigorous net practice was the foundation of success as shown by Close and Binks in 1968 and this sort of iron discipline was carried over to young hopefuls in the seventies by coach Doug Padgett .

Today’s players must certainly have been inspired by these great players who dominated the county scene all those decades ago.

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