You’re the leading wicket taker in the history of your club’s academy. You made your First Class debut last season and got a few overs under your belt but now you’re primed for first team action. You claim excellent second innings figures of 4-22 in only your second professional match…
What’s your reward? To get dropped and see your employers sign a South African for just three matches. Just when you thought that Yorkshire County Cricket Club couldn’t mess around another spinner… think again! To be fair, we understand that Adil Rashid has next to no interest in playing for Yorkshire. Azeem Rafiq got released, re-signed, did okay but got released again amidst personal pain and poor old Karl Carver. He’d actually done okay in a reasonable amount of first XI appearances but one bad day at the office in a T20 game was followed by a First Class fixture in which he batted at eleven and didn’t bowl. Stuart Broad got hit for six sixes once. Did it make hime a bad player? There was also the absolute panic and what has turned out to be disrespectful signing of Josh Poysden as well as a visit from Dom Bess. Bess is now back at Somerset and doing well so wouldn’t Yorkshire have been better investing in their own player?
Will James Logan get a run in the team?
Let’s hope so but given Yorkshire’s track record of failing to develop spinners, it’ll be interesting to see where he is in a decade’s time.
Disclaimer: Is Logan injured? He doesn’t appear to have played any cricket at all since the Warwickshire match but there’s nothing on the club website or mention of his absence in the squad announcement for the following match.
He’s been around the counties a bit having been on the books of Worcestershire and Nottinghamshire as well as representing Durham MCCU but at home county Yorkshire Will Fraine has finally announced himself.
Having recently replaced a struggling Harry Brook at the top of the order for the Yorkies, against an attack led by Morne Morkel and Sam Curran, Fraine has today recorded not only a maiden professional fifty but gone onto score a hundred in sunny Scarborough…
Having just turned twenty-three Fraine now has an opportunity to really go on and have a decent career in the professional game.
Yorkshire and the Headingley (And Scarborough… and York) faithful will be hoping that he does just that!
Season one has reached its conclusion. Yours truly amassed 664 runs across the three formats at an average of 36.89. Remember that stats are lumped together as one when playing at club level.
The above image shows my rather ignominious end to the campaign. I was run out coming back for a second having been dropped on the boundary when assuming that the ball was going the distance!
We, Leeds, finished 2nd in the 3-day league, took home the wooden spoon in the 50-over format and completed our kitchen utensils in the T20s.
I made some sizeable scores in the early games, particularly in the longer format but found the negative effect that T20 scores had on my batting average demotivating. That affected me and I didn’t provide the game with the application it requires. Obviously I’ve done career modes as myself playing for Leeds and Yorkshire before but this time I’m finding it a bit limited compared to my custom competitions with England. To keep things fresh I think that I might start a new career as an original player in a different part of the world. This is something that I’ve done before and enjoyed so creating a new type of player with an original identity and playing in another country should be exciting.
Hi, I’m Paul Morris. Thank you for joining me as I commence my career on the bottom rung of the ladder of English domestic cricket.
I’m looking to make swift progress and earn a county contract at Yorkshire, maybe get some gigs on the global T20 franchise circuit and ultimately achieve my lifetime’s ambition of representing my country, England.
I recently made my debut for Leeds in a 3-Day Club match away at Sheffield Gardens. As you’ll see from the image above, it was dehydrating work. Coloured clothing in the 3-Day matches is aimed at drawing in the youngsters and I’m delighted to be beginning my career as the game itself moves forward. I hope to do so with it.
I contributed an encouraging 25 in my first knock. I was the second top-scorer in an innings of just 111 all out but a poorly executed pull shot proved to be my downfall. Our bowling attack then ripped through the home side’s batting line-up, dismissing them for an embarrassing 47 on the opening day of the campaign.
In our second innings I became the first player in the match to pass fifty and soon had my eye on what would be a special debut ton. When the ninth wicket fell there was still lots to do but I shepherded the strike perfectly. Admittedly I had a little luck when dropped on 82 but by the time I was finally dismissed our number eleven batsman hadn’t even faced a delivery. This was despite us putting on a partnership of 21 for the last wicket. Regarding the celebratory jig, I really don’t know what came over me!
Sheffield fared better in their second dig but an innings of 131 all out saw us gain a convincing 173-run win to commence the campaign.
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Somerset’s briefly England spin bowler Dom Bess has joined Yorkshire on loan in what seems like a smart move for all parties.
Bess is a talented young cricketer who just can’t get in the team at home county Somerset. He’s understandably behind the ever impressive Jack Leach in the county’s pecking order. Similarly to players such as county colleague Craig Overton, Bess more than hinted that he has the temperament and talent to succeed at the highest level when gracing the Test arena. Overton has been ripping it up on the county scene this year but is still some way off an England recall. Bess too, what with the aforementioned Leach as well as England’s no.1 Test spinner Moeen Ali present, Ali like Bess being an off-spinning all rounder, is a million billion trillion miles away from England’s Test side. Bess has failed to make an impression during the One-Day Cup this year but will hope to hit his straps pronto in the County Championship with Yorkshire. Extremely capable with the bat in hand as demonstrated during his two Test appearances, Bess could yet end up being a more batting-orientated player.
What Josh Poysden will make of this who knows?
Poysden was recruited by the white rose county last year when Adil Rashid’s future was uncertain. He’s done okay in the One-Day Cup this year (6w @ 50.50, 5.51rpo) but only okay. He possesses a reasonable First Class record but in truth has played little for a man of his age…
Yorkshire’s premier spinner, Adil Rashid, was informed by England Selector Ed Smith that he needs to play red-ball cricket in order to be selected for England’s Test side. It may be that following his one outing in the Caribbean earlier this year that that ship has already sailed. Come winter tours on the subcontinent however, Smith may still want to get funky and pick Rashid. In the short term of course, he’ll be at the World Cup.
I’m not a fan of transfers left, right and centre in county cricket but this is the sort of mutually beneficial deal that gets an immensely talented player on the field so should be welcomed. You wouldn’t want Bess to stand in the way of homegrown talent but in truth the likes of Karl Carver will benefit from more exposure to second XI cricket whilst James Logan is injured.
Two players released by Yorkshire last year are still trying to carve out professional careers and have been gracing the Second XI circuit this season.
Left-arm quick bowler James Wainman can be found at Worcestershire meanwhile spinner Azeem Rafiq, rather cruelly let go following trying personal times, can be found at Warwickshire.
Competition for places at Yorkshire this season is incredibly hot so it’s understandable that some players had to be let go. Wainman and Rafiq are extremely good cricketers however and it wouldn’t be a surprise if we were to see them grace the field for a county side’s first XI in the future.
Adam Lyth will always hold a place in my heart, if not for the highest but for the best ever innings that I’ve played on a computer game…
His 120 in a ODI against the mighty Nepal on Don Bradman Cricket 17 may have been in a losing cause but was a mighty fine knock.
Unfortunately, having spent a Telegraph Fantasy Cricket captaincy transfer on him, I would’ve welcomed better than a duck (-20).
He better take some catches and wickets is all that I can say!