Thursday 10th October, 2019, saw Yorkshire host their 8th international game against unknown quantity, Sri Lankan side, Tamil Eelam. It was a miserably wet and windy night, not made any better by the news that five of our first team players were unavailable due to domestic team duty.
Within minutes of the game starting, it became apparent that TE was not an ordinary side. Their pace and uncanny use of width had Yorkshire struggling to make much of any impact in the first half. It soon became apparent why, when ConIFA General Secretary tweeted about one of the TE players who was an ex-Roma and Palermo professional! Some investigation revealed that other players were of a similarly senior background.
The game finished 1-2 to Tamil Eelam, with Litchfield getting one back for Yorkshire late on…and they very much deserved it. The coaching team were not best pleased with the team’s performance, but there were rays of sunshine.
Firstly, George Clarke was exceptional in goal, winning man of the match, and he kept the Yorkshire team in with a shout as they bombarded the TE defence in the second half. Not far behind for the accolade was Danny Buttle, whose consistent crossing from the wing could have changed the match were a Tom Greaves, or someone of his ilk, lurking around goals. Indeed, Yorkshire put 17 perfectly flighted balls across the front of goal in total, but unfortunately on this occasion no one was there to take advantage.
Nonetheless, a hearty congratulations to Tamil Eelam, who put on a great show: team and fans alike.