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Pryah unveiled as Yorkshire CCC women's coach

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have unveiled Richard Pyrah as the Club’s first ever Head Coach of the Women’s Cricket Super League team.

Richard Pyrah has been unveiled as the Head Coach of YCCC Women's team Credit: Press Association

Pyrah, who ended his playing career in 2015 after a 12-year stint with the White Rose County, will split his duties as Head Coach alongside his full-time role with the Yorkshire men’s set-up.

This is an exciting time to be involved in women’s cricket especially around the advent of the Women’s Cricket Super League,” said the 33-year-old, who has spent part of the winter developing his coaching education in Australia with the Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades Big Bash franchises, who both have men’s and women’s teams playing at the elite level.

The potential for the women’s game across the world is immense and already in short time that have been working at Headingley as a coach, you can see the opportunity for the players and the club to deliver a successful team both on and off the field

– Richard Pyrah

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Yorkshire sign New Zealand star Kane Williamson

Yorkshire have announced the signing of New Zealand star Kane Williamson for a third term.

Williamson captained New Zealand to a two-one T20 series win over Pakistan on home soil earlier this month Credit: Press Association

The top-order batsman will be available from June 9 until July 18. During this period, he is set to play in all formats for the White Rose, which includes three County Championship matches, eight NatWest T20 Blast games and three Royal London One-Day Cup matches.

The 25-year-old right-hander has had an incredible 12 months on the world stage and alongside Yorkshire and England’s Joe Root.

In all international matches for the Black Caps in 2015, he scored a record 2633 runs at an average of 65.82, which included eight hundreds and 13 fifties during the calendar year.

We are delighted to welcome Kane (Williamson) back to Headingley. He is a quality player and person. The opportunity to secure one of, if not, the best players in the world is one you have to take up.

His value as a player is beyond question. His attitude, work ethic and leadership as an overseas player is brilliant.

– Jason Gillespie, First Team Coach

I am very excited to be heading back to Yorkshire. I have certainly enjoyed my first two stints there and I am looking forward to joining the team for a third term this summer. To be fortunate to play for Yorkshire, a great set-up with a top bunch of people, can only help me improve and enhance my game.

– Kane Williamson

Yorkshire Cricket sets up taskforce to help flood victims

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has launched the Yorkshire Cricket Floods Taskforce that will work with the region’s cricket clubs badly affected by the recent floods.

Working with the Yorkshire Cricket Board (YCB) and the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation the Taskforce has also launched a floods appeal to raise money to help those affected by floods.

It has been a traumatic time for those communities affected by the recent floods that have shocked the region.

In all, 19 clubs across the county have expressed support and all these clubs have been contacted. They will need a substantial amount of work and resource to get them in any position to host any cricket this summer. We will work hard to ensure we provide them with the necessary backing, both financially and through the taskforce, to make a difference.

We hope that we can encourage Yorkshire Cricket supporters across the country and beyond to dig deep and donate what they can to help these community clubs in their hour of need.

– Andrew Watson, Yorkshire Cricket Board’s Executive Director

Ballance back in England team

Ballance was dropped from the England team after a poor Ashes performance Credit: PA

Yorkshire cricketer Gary Ballance has been recalled to the England squad for the winter tour to South Africa.

The 25-year-old was dropped from the England team after struggling in the first two Ashes tests against Australia this summer.

He joins county teammates Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in the 16 man squad.

Although there is no place for either Adil Rashid or Liam Plunkett.

Cricketer Mel Ryan dies aged 82

Mel Ryan. Credit: Yorkshire CCC

Former Yorkshire cricketer Mel Ryan has died at the age of 82.

The tall fast bowler from Huddersfield played for the county in 150 first class matches in the 50s and 60s - often sharing the new ball with Fred Trueman - and was a member of four county championship winning sides.

He took 413 wickets at 22.92 runs apiece with a best return of 7-45 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1958, claiming five wickets in an innings on 12 occasions, and twice taking ten wickets in a match.

After retiring from playing, he also served on the Yorkshire Committee.

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Yorkshire squad to take on Vatican cricket club

A Yorkshire cricket squad have travelled out to Rome to take on the Vatican's cricket club.

Players from Mount Cricket Club in Batley will compete against the St Peter's XI, which was formed in 2013.

The competition is part of a bid to build bridges between sportsmen from different faiths.

Yorkshire lift County Championship trophy

Yorkshire finished their season in style taking victory in the final game of their county championship winning campaign at home to Sussex.

Adil Rashid took the winning wicket in front of the home crowd at Headingley to best Sussex by 100 runs.

The Tykes were presented again with the county championship trophy by club president Dickie Bird, who was in charge of Yorkshire in the county championship for the last time:

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