Boycott hails ‘proud heritage’

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LEGEND Geoffrey Boycott praised Sheffield as the birthplace of the county’s first cricket club at the big match.

The 71-year-old veteran, who played for Barnsley as a youngster, said: “Yorkshire Cricket started in Sheffield on January 8, 1863, at the Adeplhi hotel, where the Crucible now stands.

“There is a very strong heritage and we are proud of that. The fact that Yorkshire Cricket is now centralised in Leeds does not lessen the fact that Sheffield is huge in the history of Yorkshire Cricket.”

Geoffrey also said a reunion event will be held at the Crucible next year to celebrate 150 years since that historic event.