VIDEO - 25 years ago: Rain helps Yorkshire!

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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.

Viv Richards

Viv Richards

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.

Neither batsman looked particularly secure but both were willing to hit the ball hard. 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 wit blankets.”

The long delay gave Yorkshire ample time to consider their batting shortcomings which have so often left them in trouble.

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.