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Police: Howden cricket pavilion fire 'thought to have started deliberately'

Humberside police have appealed for witnesses after a fire burnt down Howden Cricket Club's pavilion last night.

They say the fire 'is thought to have been started deliberately' and have urged local residents to come forward with any information they may have.

Police say that two boys were thought to be at the scene prior to the fire starting and may be able to help with their enquiries.

Police were called by Humber Fire and Rescue at 1910hrs on Monday 6 March 2015 reporting that the cricket pavilion on the Ashes Playing Fields in Howden was on fire. The fire is thought to have been started deliberately and officers investigating the circumstances of the fire are asking for local residents to help catch those responsible. Police Crime Scene Investigators and Fire Investigation Officers from Humber Fire and Rescue are working together to establish circumstances of the fire. Two boys were thought to be at the scene prior to the fire starting and police are appealing for them to come forward to help with their enquiries.

– Humberside Police

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Yorkshire seal move for Pujara after Khan leaves

Yorkshire have signed India international Cheteshwar Pujara until the end of May after cancelling the contract of Younus Khan.

Younus Khan wants to play for Pakistan Credit: Press Association

Younus was set to be Yorkshire's overseas signing for 2015, but the batsman is now looking to be part of Pakistan's potential touring party to Bangladesh, effectively ruling him out of any playing time in the LV= County Championship.

Pujara will instead link up with the Division One champions - subject to receiving a work permit - having spent time at the back end of last season with Derbyshire, scoring 219 championship runs for them.

Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon announced in a statement that Younus made his international intentions clear on Sunday, and added: "We have moved quickly to bring in Pujara and he is a superb player.

"He is an outstanding young Test cricketer, who is hungry to perform in the English game. In the brief conversations I have had with him, he is very much looking forward to be joining Yorkshire and being part of our plans."

Cheteshwar Pujara boasts nearly 9,000 first-class runs Credit: Press Association

Pujara, 27, made his international Test debut in 2010, and with six centuries in the five-day game is a highly rated part of India's squad with many seeing him as the natural successor to Rahul Dravid.

Pujara, who boasts nearly 9,000 first-class runs, will turn out for Yorkshire until Australian Aaron Finch is free of Indian Premier League commitments with Mumbai Indians.

"I was looking to return to the UK after my previous experience of county cricket, which I greatly enjoyed, and when Yorkshire made the offer I didn't think twice," Pujara said.

"To wear the same white rose Sachin Tendulkar did is going to be a great feeling for me. I hope I can contribute to further success."

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Former Yorkshire bowler Bob Appleyard dies

Former Yorkshire and England bowler Bob Appleyard has died at the age of 90.

Appleyard played just nine Tests but took 31 wickets in them at a remarkable average of 17.87, and is regarded by many as one of the world's all-time greatest medium-pace bowlers.

Bob Appleyard is on the back row far left as he heads to Australia with the MCC

Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced today that Appleyard, who had been ill for several months, had died.

He did not begin his first-class career until he was 27 and then played for just eight years, between 1950 to 1958.

In that time, though, he was prolific - taking 708 wickets at 15.48.

His Test career spanned just two years, in the mid-1950s, but included an Ashes series victory in Australia under fellow Yorkshireman Len Hutton in 1954-55.

Bradford-born Appleyard's statistics are unmatched by his contemporaries, and stand comparison with the very best from any era.

His bowling style was difficult to define - fast off-breaks, and cutters - but uniquely effective, especially on rain-affected surfaces at a time when wickets were uncovered.

Brooks signs Yorkshire deal

Seam bowler Jack Brooks has signed a new contract with Yorkshire, tying him to last season's county champions until December 2017.

Jack Brooks has signed a new contract with Yorkshire, tying him to last season's county champions until December 2017. Credit: Press Association

The 30-year-old was the White Rose's leading wicket-taker in Championship cricket last year, with 68 wickets at an average of 28, with his form leading to a call-up to the England Lions for their tour of South Africa.

Brooks, who joined the county from Northamptonshire in 2012 was delighted with the extension.

I am thrilled to have signed a new contract with Yorkshire," he told the club's website. I am enjoying my cricket and have had a brilliant 18 months with the club. There is a great vibe around the place and I am confident with the quality of players we have here, we can continue to be force in game. It would be fantastic to repeat our efforts from last season and give it a real good push to retain our title in the County Championship.

– Jack Brooks

Yorkshire coach Gillespie dismisses speculation over England job

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has dismissed speculation he is to replace England head coach Peter Moores following their exit from the World Cup.

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

Gillespie, who led Yorkshire to the county championship title last year, will fly out with the team on their annual pre-season tour to Dubai and Abu Dhabi on Thursday.

One of those hoping to make the most of the opportunity is England international Tim Bresnan, who has been suffering with a persistent elbow injury over recent seasons.

Yorkshire land Pakistan international batsman Khan

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have confirmed the signing of Pakistan top-order batsman Younus Khan.

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have confirmed the signing of Pakistan top-order batsman Younus Khan. Credit: Press Association

Khan, 37, will join Yorkshire in April and will be available for the LV= County Championship opener at New Road against Worcestershire starting on Sunday April 12.

The Pakistani right-hander returns to the White Rose county where he starred in 2007. In 19 Championship innings for Yorkshire, he scored 824 runs at an average of 48.47 including a top score of 217 not out against Kent at Scarborough in the July of that year.

We are delighted to secure the services of Younus. We have been looking for a world-class batsman to strengthen our batting department at the start of the season. Younus fits the bill and will add real quality to our top-order. It also helps that he understands the culture of the Club and what it means to play for Yorkshire. That was a major factor in signing him.

– Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon

It is a great honour to be returning to Headingley and playing for Yorkshire. This is one of the finest cricket clubs in the world. Yorkshire are going well and deserved to win the title last year. I hope my experiences in the First-class game will help them maintain their position at the top of the County Championship. The County Championship is regarded as one of the best domestic competitions in the world and to test myself in English conditions can only enhance my game. For the Yorkshire supporters, I am eager to replicate the form I showed the last time I was involved and build on the club’s superb form over the past couple of seasons.

– Younus Khan
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