Yorkshire cricket: Sheffield starts the celebrations

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APPROPRIATELY Sheffield will host the opening event of the year for Yorkshire CCC as the county begins celebrations for its 150th anniversary.

The county club was formed in Sheffield on January 8, 1863 and tonight’s event is on the site where that historic meeting took place, then the former Adelphi Hotel and it is now the Crucible Theatre Studio.

The club is planning a number of events and tonight’s, called a Sesquicentennial Soirée, is the first of them.

Former Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan, from Sheffield, will be joined by Geoffrey Boycott, the club president, and current Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale for an evening that includes readings, reminiscences and a Q&A hosted by the BBC’s Harry Gration.

“This first event of the year should be a great function as we look back on the magical moments that have made this club so successful over the years,” said Boycott.

“It is also important that the current squad, who will be present, gain an understanding of the club’s history and that this event will give them a sense of education of what it means to play for Yorkshire.”

Meanwhile, Sheffield’s current England cricketer Joe Root is set to play in the second warm-up match in India today ahead of the five-game ODI series.

Root, who made an impressive Test debut in December in the final game of England’s successful series, didn’t play in the opening tour match on Sunday which England lost to India A by 53 runs in a weather affected match.

However he is set to figure in the middle order against Delhi today ahead of the first ODI in Rajkot on Friday.

India have dropped their opener Virender Sehwag for the first three games.