The Clerk in the Country
Thursday 9th July 2020
While income from Yorkshire lands helped to pay for a magnificent house and garden for the first Earl of Sheffield, his grandson put his tenants’ rents to other use. Henry North Holroyd, the third Earl, was passionate about cricket. He funded coaching for young players, gave financial support to the Sussex county club and laid out a superb ground at Sheffield Park where international touring teams were invited to play.
In 1891-2 he took an English team, captained by W G Grace, to Australia where he encouraged the development of cricket there by paying for a trophy for an inter-state competition. Today the Sheffield Shield is still the arena in which Australian cricketers hone the skills that enable them to trounce us regularly in the Ashes. But we cricket lovers don’t mind about that now … play has resumed!