Take Two: Bowled over in Sheffield

Yorkshire League Selext XI v Yorkshire CCC 1st XI. Wicket Keeper Simon Guy goes for the catch off Alex Lees bat. Pic: Sarah Washbourn.
Yorkshire League Selext XI v Yorkshire CCC 1st XI. Wicket Keeper Simon Guy goes for the catch off Alex Lees bat. Pic: Sarah Washbourn.
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Yorkshire Cricket Club back in Sheffield, a headstone for a hero and a new venue that isn’t quite genius.

Cricket fans were bowled over that Yorkshire CCC played their first game in Sheffield for nearly 20 years on Monday night.

The club played a friendly Twenty20 match at Abbeydale Sports Club against a Yorkshire League representative side.

Fabulous. But, well, don’t we deserve a little more than just a friendly?

County cricket was a staple in this city for a century or more until the Nineties when Yorkshire’s management decided to play all their games in either Leeds or Scarborough.

After yesterday’s success, shouldn’t bosses give Sheffield cricket fans something to really cheer about and bring back regular league matches here.

Buy a headstone for our hero

From cricket to football, and there won’t be many fans argue with a new campaign to recognise one-time Sheffield United hero Rabbi Howell. Not least, perhaps, Sheffield Wednesday supporters.

The inside right, who was born in a Wincobank caravan, became the first – and, so far, only – Romany gypsy to be capped by England when he appeared as an international in 1898. Yet despite this he remains buried in an unmarked grave.

The new campaign, as reported in this paper, will buy Rab a headstone.

There’s no question United fans should back the idea – he was with the club for five successful seasons, during which he helped them to win their only league title in 1898.

But Wednesday fans? They might want to support it too. In his last season for the Blades, during a massive title-deciding match against Sunderland, Rab scored two own goals, leading to him being sold just weeks later.

Rocking Chair not quite genius

Good to see a new music venue has opened in the city.

The Rocking Chair, in Furnival Gate, revives the spirit of famous Sheffield music bars like The Limit and The Barfly. Although this writer was somewhat amused to see a sign inside saying the place is a ‘home for genius’.

It would have been more convincing if The Enemy weren’t on the sound system at the time.