25 Years Ago: Yorkshire in fight but Viv shines in Test

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Cricket weather? Well, two torrential downpairs came to Yorkshire’s aid in early June at Harrogate 25 years ago.

Those downpours spared Yorkshire’s blushes where their poor start to the season continued with a nosedive of 57 for seven against Surrey.

Yorkshire skipper Phil Carrick won the toss and elected to bat on a pallid strip against Surrey, who were without West Inides fast bowlers Sylvester Clarke and Tony Gray.

But the innings was in tatters with half the side out for 18 in as many overs against some good seam bowling.

Ian Swallow of Sheffield United joined Phil Robinson in a vital stand for the sixth wicket which produced 31 runs in 13 overs.

Swallow went on to make 17 before being caught and bowled byleft arm spinner Keith Meddlycott.

Tremendous rain hit the St George’s Road ground, leaving parts of the outfield and square under water.

Reporter Martin Searby wrote: “One of the problems of playing in the outlying districts is that grounds do not have sophisticated drying equipment and when the sun did reappear, the groundstaff had to spend vital time forking and drying the square with blankets.”

Rain also caused a delay in the First Test at Trent Bridge but a majestic Viv Richards rewarded the patient crowd with some stunning shots.

Play was delayed for two and a quarter hours and then the West Indies captain displayed magnificent form as he 80 before bad light brought an early tea interval.

The tourists were 230 for three at the interval.Desmond Haynes was the wicket to fall.

Yorkshire’s Paul Jarvis benefitted from the unpredictable surface to get the opener caught behind.

Boxing: Herol Graham was flying back home with a pat on the back from manager Barney Eastwood.

Bomber, reported Eastwood, was in great shape for his British middleweight title fight against James Cook at the City Hall.

Sheffield’s world title hope and his trainer Brendan Ingle had been working together under Eastwood’s eye in Northern Ireland for the final fortnight of training.

Eastwood said: “Herol is looking sharp, “I also gather that Cook is in great shape. It is his big chance but Herol should be tood good for him.”

Sheffield lightweight Nigel Bradley managed by Ingle, will also be on the bill. He was due to face Paul Chedgzoy of Sheffield but he pulled out so matchmaker Paddy Byrne was searching for another opponent. Byrne said it was possible that another city, such as Slugger O’Toole, may be added to the bill.

Meanwhile Thomas Hearns crashed to a shock title defeat.

Iran Barkley came back from taking a beating to drop Hearns with a right cross and then pounded him through the ropes to win the World Boxing Council middleweight title in Las Vegas.

This despite Hearns, who made boxing history by winning titles in four weight divisions, opening up a cut over Barkley’s eye in the first round.Barkley, bleeding from the mouth and over both eyes swarmed over Hearns in the opening seconds of the third round. The fight was stopped two minutes 32 seconds into the round.

Race Walking: Former Star Walk winner Betty Sworowski collected her first national title in the UK Championships at Derby.

The headline said Betty takes it in her stride and Sheffield United racewalker Sworowski , 26, beat a field of 18 to take the title held for the previous two years by Wolverhampton’s Lisa Langford.

Betty heel-toed her way round the Moorways Stadium track in 24mins 3.38 secs to beat Brighton’s Julie Drake, her nearest rival, by more than 14 seconds.

Sworowski’s United team-mates Brenda Lupton and Tracy Devlin were sixth and seventh.

The Green’Un featured a Star Walk results special. Donald Longley won the men’s event, Victoria Lupton the women’s, and Steven White was junior champ.

Cycling: Sheffield cyclist Malcolm Elliott, who led the 1987 Milk Race from start to finish, was enjoying a 10-day break in his gruelling racing schedule.

Elliott was a stage winner and ninth overall in the Tour of Aragon five-day event in Spain the previous week and was back from the Continent. He was expected to compete in the British professional road race championships in Shropshire on June 26.

It was one crown Elliott had never won and his chances hinged on whether he brought with him any team support.

Athletics: Another Elliott, Peter, had also been in Spain and though he may not have won the 800m in Seville, it enabled him to reach an early Olympic qualifying standard.

The two lap time required for Seoul was 1m 46-5 secs and Elliott was well inside that in 1-45.44 when finishing in third place.

It was his first international outing of the season and confirmed the form he showed in the recent Yorkshire Championships at Cudworth. Joseph Chesire of Kenya won the race.

Bowls: Bank Holiday Monday was a happy day for Sheffield and Di strict Park’s bowls team.

They retained the Yorkshire Parks Inter-city trophy for the third successive year, this time at Rotherham’s Clifton Park. Robert Jackson praised David Columbine and his ststaff: “Clifton’s greens are all in excellent condition.”