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Bairstow named among top five cricketers in the world

Yorkshire and England cricket international Jonny Bairstow has been chosen among Wisden's top five Cricketers of the Year.

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He features in the list alongside fellow 2015 Ashes-winners Ben Stokes.

The Bradford-born wicketkeeper-batsman's prolific run of form for Yorkshire helped win him back his Test place last summer and bring a second successive County Championship to Headingley.

Both Bairstow and Stokes played a key part in England's thrilling 3-2 Ashes victory, and further enhanced their standing through a winter in which their record partnership of 399 against South Africa in Cape Town featured the Yorkshireman's maiden Test century and an astonishing display of sustained hitting as the Durham all-rounder racked up 258.

New Zealanders Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and new Australia captain Steve Smith are also in the top five.

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Boycott's bid to rejoin Yorkshire CCC board rejected

Geoffrey Boycott's hopes of rejoining Yorkshire's board have been dashed after his candidacy was rejected by the county's members at the annual general meeting on Saturday.

Geoffrey Boycott Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The high-profile former White Rose captain and president's decision to stand for election, after receiving the 30 nominations needed to be put forward, was openly opposed by the hierarchy.

Members' committee chief Stephen Mann claimed earlier this month that "members aren't in favour of Geoffrey". And that was borne out despite a close postal vote as Boycott received 602 votes in favour of his return and 758 against.<

With Yorkshire winning back-to-back County Championship titles, there were fears Boycott would attempt to interfere with on-field matters should he be elected back onto the board.

However, the 75-year-old stated his desire to return was to help with the club's finances, as their debt currently exceeds £20million.

While the three other candidates - Mark Arthur, Robin Smith and Sir Gary Verity - were welcomed onto the board, Boycott's nomination reflected a divide in the club.

Read: Vaughan urges Boycott to 'back down' in Yorkshire CCC board bid

County Champions Yorkshire announce profits for first time since 2009

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have announced a profit for the first time since 2009 in their end-of-year financial results.

The club have won the County Championship for the last two years Credit: PA

The county champions published their results for the year ending December 31, 2015, which saw after-tax profit of £368,000 for the year, with an increase in total income of £8.4m - up from £7.3m in 2014.

Income from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was up £200,000 to £2.4m, thanks to the Headingley club's development of England players.

The success of those international cricketers did contribute to rising costs at the club, which were up £1m from 2014 to £7.8m, with the annual players' wage bill rising by £358,000.

We have made further progress in 2015 and to report an annual profit for the first time since 2009 is a significant step forward. It is gratifying that turnover in all areas has increased consistently over the past three years and we expect this trend to continue in 2016. The successful completion of the club's refinancing was a watershed and we are confident that the existing debt is now at a manageable level. The club is in a stronger financial position than it has been at any time in recent years.

– Yorkshire director of finance, Paul Hudson

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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

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
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