Jim Yardley

Jim Yardley

England|Middle order batter
Jim Yardley

Full Name

Thomas James Yardley


October 27, 1946, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire


November 22, 2010, Canada, (aged 64y 26d)

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Fielding Position

First slip, Occasional wicketkeeper

Playing Role

Middle order batter


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.
Martin Williamson

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A23920542316675*19.42012822
List A239770---6.00-000

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
1967 - 1982
List A Matches
1969 - 1982


Jim Yardley in action for Northamptonshire
Norman Gifford gets a champagne shampoo after Worcestershire are confirmed as 1974 County Champions
The Worcestershire squad to play Kent in a John Player's League match in Canterbury. Standing (from left): Ivan Johnson, Rodney Cass, John Parker, John Inchmore, Imran Khan, Jim Yardley. Sitting: Glenn Turner, Basil D'Oliveira, Norman Gifford, Alan Ormrod and Brian Brain