Full name Thomas James Yardley
Born October 27, 1946, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire
Died November 22, 2010, Canada (aged 64 years 26 days)
Major teams Northamptonshire, Worcestershire
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position First slip, Occasional wicketkeeper
|First-class span||1967 - 1982|
|List A span||1969 - 1982|
John Arlott wrote: "He was not a prepossessir player, but he had guts, immense application, and an infinite capacity for scoring runs to and through third man. A good sense of humour and a dedication the game enabled him to enjoy it and play it more effectively than men superficially greater gifts."
Yardley made his county debut in 1967 and became a regular in the Worcestershire side midway through 1968 despite failing to pass fifty all season. He only showed glimpses of his form in 1969 but again held down a regular place, but he repaid the county's faith in 1970 with 762 runs at 40.
In 1971 he passed 1000 runs for the only time in his career as well as hitting his maiden hundred when he made an unbeaten 104 against the touring Indians. He was capped in 1972 despite a wretched summer, slightly alleviated by some good limited-over performances.
He was a key member of Worcestershire's Championship-winning team in 1974 but after another ordinary summer in 1975 he was released and moved to Northamptonshire.
In seven seasons at Northants his form rarely rose above the ordinary - he managed only one hundred in 107 first-class matches - but he was again able to hold down a regular place. But by 1982 he was out of favour and after a season in the 2nd XI he retired.
Although his one-day form was also mediocre - his highest score in 205 innings was 75 - he played in four Lord's finals, winning once, the 1980 Benson & Hedges Cup.
He understands the Indian mentality better and doesn't have to deal with star players on the wane
Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by