Leeds nostalgia: Yorkshire cricket match ‘wicket was too long’

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A First for Yorkshire Cricket occurred on June 29, 1946 in a match against Derbyshire at Chesterfield in that, after 12 balls had been bowled, the length of the wicket was found to be two yards too long.

Doubts raised by players were passed to the umpire, who duly investigated the matter and discovered the error. By that time, however, nine runs had been scored by Derbyshire.

While the players were forced to retired to the pavilion so the wicket could be remarked, the runs thusfar gained were removed from the scoreboard.

Yorkshire’s captain, Len Hutton, who was fielding in the gully, said: “I hadn’t noticed anything but Ellis Robinson mentioned it and so did Bill Bowes. Then, after the second over, we decided to do something about it.”

After some discussion, it was agreed to start the match over again, beginning at 11.50am.

Also on June 29, some of the first plastic furniture was put on sale in Leeds.

The dressing table was said to “have the strength, weight and solidity of wooden furniture, with the smooth-working drawers and hinges and no metallic noises.”

In other news, one Yorkshire Evening Post reporter penned an article entitled ‘Leeds still short of cigarettes’, in which he explained how his regular tobacconist had been forced to cut him down from 20 a day to 10, because of a general shortage.

Leeds Council received 18 requests to grant Sunday openings for cinemas.

And there was widespread opposition to the Government’s plans to introduce bread rationing, with bakers demanding detailed proof of the need to bring in the measures and housewives also complaining. There was also anger that some people, such as miners, would get more bread.