THIS WEEK IN HISTORY 22 – 27 JULY 1948

                                         By Jack Gahan

An epic Test Match took place at Headingly between England and Australia. This was a week after my 17th Birthday and I’d been looking forward to it all year, especially as my boyhood hero, Len Hutton, would be opening the batting for England, and the record breaking Australian, the great run machine Don Bradman would be playing on his final tour of England.

Big crowds were expected and the gates would be opening at 9am. I was there by 8 o’clock and it was unbelievable at that early time how long the queues were.

The Yorkshire Evening Post reported this:-

“The gates at Headingly Cricket Ground had to be closed after a record turnout, with 40,000 inside and another 20,000 outside. The occasion was a test match against Australia. The gates had opened at 9am but already thousands of people were queuing all around the ground and surrounding streets. Hundreds had slept on the pavements overnight and even at 6am, some 15,000 people were waiting to get in. By 9am this had swollen to 20,000. Three quarters of an hour after that, it was said that 30,000 had been admitted to the ground, but still they came.”

Fortunately I was one of the lucky ones and managed to get in each day.

This was the first year that 5 day tests were introduced, but still no play on a Sunday

And what a match it was. England batted first and scored 496. My hero weighed in with 81, but I was slightly miffed as his opening partner, Lancastrian Washbrook got a century, as did Edrich. Alec Bedser went in as a night watchman at number 4 and scored 79.

Australia replied with 458 with the Don only scoring 33. Harvey helped the score along with 112

So England went in again and with the first four all scoring half centuries reached 365 for 8 before declaring, leaving Australia a target of 404. England had batted a few minutes on the last day so they could have use of the heavy roller, hoping that the wicket might break up.

After a slow start at 57 for 1 Bradman joined Morris. They put on a partnership of 301 when Morris departed for 182. Bradman went merrily on his way to 173 not out for Australia to win the match, scoring 404 for the loss of only 3 wickets with a few minutes left in the match. It must be said, both big scorers were helped by some sloppy fielding by England who dropped several catches.

In the modern era test teams often fall short of the 90 overs required per day. In this test an average of 110 overs were bowled each day, all within the same time slot. This even with pace bowlers bowling the majority of overs due to the fact that it had been agreed that a new ball would be available every 55 overs.

What a match !!  1723 runs scored, 550 overs bowled, a total record crowd of 158,000. Marvellous entertainment.

Bradman’s century was to be the last one he scored in a test match. It was his 4th test at Headingly and his batting average for those matches was 192.6.

A great privilege to be there.

Footnote: In old age the memory bank dims somewhat, so I have been grateful in indulging in modern technology to give accurate facts and figures.

                                  

                                 Part of the early morning queue in St Michael's Lane

                                                  

The queue around the local streets                 The crowd welcomes "The Don"

                                                                                                                      back to the pavilion

 

1956 Hunslet Home 1st XI Lost      
  Hunslet 205-5 H Flatters 64 H Hill 81 Z Sadiq 31*    
  East Leeds 143-4 K Wardman 27 G Raw 63* P Lambert 27    
1956 Hunslet Away 2nd XI Lost      
  Hunslet 179-5 H Wiggins 72* P Allen 29*      
  East Leeds 74-10 T Caine 38 S Pape 5-31      
1962 Rothwell Home 2nd XI Lost      
  East Leeds 63-10 W Ellison 25 L Taylor 4-17 K Harwick 4-18    
  Rothwell 64-1 J Todd 39*        
1973 LICS Away 1st XI Rain Affected Draw      
  LICS 122-10 K Nash 22 J Mellor 24 P Hird 45 S Rich 5-25  
  East Leeds 98-4 J Render 32 R Gatecliffe 22      
1973 LICS Home 2nd XI Won      
  East Leeds 157-8 A Stirk 34 D Raw 44 M Davies 3-34    
  LICS 137-9 E Barron 28 J Morgan 40 J McGowan 25 A Bowden 4-27  
1979 Leeds Police Home 1st XI Won      
  Leeds Police 131-8 D Shuttleworth 32 S Rich 3-13      
  East Leeds 132-4 P Newton 31 D Mathers 21 D Wharton 65* B Eager 4-45  
1979 Leeds Police Away 2nd XI Won      
  East Leeds 180-7 A Raw 44 S Walton 34 N Mellor 31 D Greaves 22 S Kavanagh 3-37
  Leeds Police 123-9 S Kavanagh 42*        
1984 Whitkirk Home 1st XI Lost      
  Whitkirk 172-7 P Garner 51 J Martin 67 J Bowman 25 J Gahan 3054 C Taylor 3-37
  East Leeds 114-10 S McGuire 54 R Whincup 3-37 D Fairweather 6-24    
1990 Pool Away 1st XI Won      
  Pool 197-6 J Wood 50 A Megson 74 R Bolton 26*    
  East Leeds 200-3 G Broughill 52* D Stocks 37 S Linton 104    
2001 Moorlands Away 1st XI Lost      
  Moorlands 226-8 B Naeem 36 D Greenwood 36 A Fortis 30 A Walker 35 J Gahan 3-84
  East Leeds 218-9 G Collins 47 S Booth 77 D Thewlis 29 B Naeem 5-78  
2001 Townville Home 2nd XI Won      
  East Leeds 148-10 M Kent 46 J Watling 38 C Hughes 4-42 N Norton 3-16  
  Townville 91-10 R Fisher 5-40 J Long 3-23      
2012 Buttershaw Away 1st XI Won      
  Buttershaw 138-10 P Carroll 63 M Olbison 3-29 J Watling 4-16    
  East Leeds 139-2 Z Tarvaz 40 J Watling 36 D Atkinson 48*    
2012 Oulton Home 2nd XI Lost      
  East Leeds 70-10 S Preshaw 3-27 G Dawber 3-7      
  Oulton 71-1 A Uridge 23 W Harrison 23*      
               
  Thanks to John Steel          
1956 Lofthouse  Home  2nd XI Won        
  East Leeds 169-5 T Caine 40 G Sheard 22 D Mosdale 51 W Wraith 3-35    
  Lofthouse  33-8 (AO) D Steel 4-22 K Rich 4-10        
1962 Gildersome Home 2nd XI Lost        
  Gildersome 222-10 D Worrell 22 J Binns 65 A Ellis 29 J Ramskill 26 S Rich 6-64 C Armitage 3-72
  East Leeds 32-10 J Binns 4-14          
1973 Kirkstall Home 1st XI Lost        
  Kirkstall 137-10 D Armitage 67 A Campbell 24 D Steel 6-41      
  East Leeds 87-10 P Clarke 32 C Handley 6-15        
1973 Kirkstall Away 2nd XI Lost        
  Kirkstall 143-7 P Weston 41 B Thompson 43 J Newell 3-35      
  East Leeds  135-10 M Swales 33 J Bedford 40 B Thompson 5-37      
1979 Garforth Away 1st XI Won        
  Garforth 89-10 Peter Stanton 26 K Mellor 3-22 S Rich 3-19      
  East Leeds  92-3 D Mathers 45*          
1979 Garforth Home 2nd XI Won        
  East Leeds  185-8 R Brady 43 A Raw 21 D Wharton 43 D Greaves 49 D Lambert 6-64  
  Garforth 119-9 M Jepson 34 H Hoy 24        
1984 Pudsey Congs Home 1st XI Lost        
  Pudsey Congs 155-6 P Malpass 28 J Holah 52        
  East Leeds 40-10 I Raistrick 7-29 J Wilkinson 3-8        
1990 Caribbean Home 1st XI Lost        
  East Leeds 215-6 D Stocks 35 Gary Edwards 122 S Linton 47 C Brissett 3-68    
  Caribbean 217-5 A Bowrey 62 R James 69 S Ali 36* S Linton 4-63    
2001 Scholes Home 1st XI Lost        
  Scholes 201-7 A Spencer 87 I Kola 45* M Roberts 3-46      
  East Leeds 158-10 J Steel 31 P Clarke 49* I Lunat 3-39 C McBride 4-29    
2001 Ossett Away 2nd XI Lost        
  Ossett 212-5 C Stones 35 J Wright 47 M Watson 33 J Mortimer 33 R Fisher 3-62  
  East Leeds 97-9 (AO) R Fisher 31 C Stones 6-39 J Souter 3-50      
2007 Gildersome Home 1st XI Won        
  East Leeds 253-8 R Grimley 93 A Ahmed 51 S Hampshaw 4-78      
  Gildersome 138-10 S Ibrahim 44 M Olbison 4-28 A Ahmed 3-13      
2007 Hopton Mills Away 2nd XI Lost        
  East Leeds 80-9 (AO) A Pearce 20 V Patel 5-29        
  Hopton Mills 83-3 P Hinchliffe 31*          
2012 Hopton Mills Away 1st XI Won        
  Hopton Mills 48-10 M Olbison 5-16 K Tandel 4-31        
  East Leeds 52-5 R Myers 4-24          
2012 Liversedge Home 2nd XI Lost        
  Liversedge 277-8 A Clarke 47 S Hashmi 47* C Burn 40 A Lines 4-49    
  East Leeds 125-10 A Pearce 39 R Ellis 26 Z Wood 4-19      
                 
  Thanks to John Steel            
1956 Highbury Home 1st XI Rain Affected Draw        
  Highbury 179-5 J Moulton 57 J Wooldrodge 56* C Metcalfe 23      
  East Leeds 77-3 D Wharton 25 K Wardman 27*        
1962 Garforth Home 1st XI Lost        
  Garforth 216-7 Butterworth 65 J Barker 62 L Buckle 35 R Renville 5-49    
  East Leeds 170-7 A Weir 82* D Wardman 27 G Raw 27 P Schofield 4-40    
1962 Garforth Away 2nd XI Lost        
  Garforth 214-6 S Shaw 42 K Sellars 72 R Whitfield 24 B Hoult 33* R Lambert 21* W Ellison 3-50
  East Leeds 131-10 E Holdsworth 21 W Ellison 38 B Hoult 3-19 L Driverr 3-12    
1973 Swillington Home 1st XI Won        
  Swillington 100-9 (A0) LM Cole 25* T Yarnold 26 S Rich 3-25 D Steel 4-16    
  East Leeds  104-7 J Render 21 T Caine 25 D McGuire 22 L Taylor 5-23    
1973 Swillington Away 2nd XI Lost        
  Swillington 216-4 G Newbould 116* P Garside 31 M Marshall 23 G Gibbons 22    
  East Leeds 107-6 D Wharton 56 C Newton 3-34        
1979 Highbury Home 1st XI Lost        
  East Leeds 156-10 D Mathers 27 Graham Curtis 49* G Cox 3-44 S Jiones 3-25 R Harvey 3-45  
  Highbury 159-5 D Harvey 26 I Langstaff 30 S Jones 48*      
1979 Highbury Away 2nd XI Lost        
  East Leeds  128-10 A Stirk 22 T Caine 30 R Waite 7-28      
  Highbury 132-5 J Lee 58* D Hill 24        
1984 Rothwell Away 1st XI Lost        
  East Leeds 94-10 D McGuire 20 C Taylor 23 P Hopwood 3-42      
  Rothwell 95-8 R Scott 22 W Quirk 5-16        
1990 Colton Home 1st XI Rain Affected Draw        
  Colton 97-10 D Hunter 48 S Linton 4-51 V Patrick 5-34      
  East Leeds 72-7 G Broughill 22 M Binns 3-23 D Hunt 3-39      
2001 Scholes Away 1st XI Lost        
  Scholes 256-6 A Spencer 38 M Wilson 41 S Dixon 75 N Kellett 41    
  East Leeds 209-10 G Collins 41 J Steel 30 P Clarke 25 N Summerill 29 I Lunat 3-60 I Kola 3-44
2001 Ossett Home 2nd XI Lost        
  East Leeds 181-9 J Long 73 W Rennison 32 A Arif 21 B Patel 3-59 J Souter 3-42  
  Ossett 184-1 C Stones 45 J Wright 93* I Radley 35*      
2007 Wakefield Thornes Away 1st XI Lost        
  East Leeds  71-10 D Thewlis 29 S Wightman 5-34 D Colquhoun 3-23      
  Wakefield Thornes 72-8 J Cook 36* A Olbison 5-22 A Coyne 3-30      
2007 Altofts Home 2nd XI Won        
  Altofts 124-10 A Butel 25 J Mahmood 3-17 C Ewing 4-20      
  East Leeds 127-8 S Lines 25 A Lines 24 J Steel 44 D Robson 5-28    
                 
  John Steel