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Arran Brindle retires from international cricket

International women's cricketer Arran Brindle Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

International cricketer Arran Brindle has retired from the England's Women's team. The 32-year-old batting all-rounder made 134 international appearances including 11 tests and scored 2,852 runs across all formats, adding 57 wickets with her medium pace and 58 catches.

" I will forever cherish the highs and lows of playing cricket for England.

My fondest and proudest memories are undoubtedly of our battles against Australia, especially victory in 2005, regaining the Women's Ashes after 42 years. Having taken part in five Ashes series, I feel proud to walk having won three."

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Moxon delighted to bring in Finch

Yorkshire have announced the signing of Australia batsman Aaron Finch.

The 27-year-old, who holds the world record for an international Twenty20 innings after smashing 156 against England last summer, will arrive as soon as his participation in the Indian Premier League ends in May.

Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon is delighted to have secured Finch's services, with top-end talent at a premium this summer due to the elongated nature of the new T20 format:

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Aaron Finch signs for Yorkshire

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have signed Australian international Aaron Finch.

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Finch, who's 27 and said to be one of the world's best one day batsmen, will join Yorkshire after his Indian Premier league commitments which are due to end in May.

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He could be in line to make his debut for the Yorkshire Vikings against Northamptonshire Steelbacks on May 16th

Finch said: "It's a great honour to be joining Yorkshire County Cricket Club this summer. This is one of the biggest cricket clubs in the world."

Dawson returns to Headingley

Former Yorkshire & England off spinner Richard Dawson is returning to Headingley as second team coach.

Dawson is returning to Headingley

33 year old Dawson, who spent six seasons with Yorkshire, helping them win the County Championship in 2001, replaces Paul Farbrace, who left last year to take over as National Coach of Sri Lanka.

Yorkshire cricket mourns death of Graham Stevenson

Stevenson pictured here on the left with Ian Botham, Willian Athey and Michael Gatting Credit: PA

Graham Stevenson, who played cricket for Yorkshire and England, has died today, aged 58.

Born at Ackworth, Graham played in 177 first class matches for Yorkshire between 1973-1986, taking 464 wickets at 28.56, scoring 3,856 runs with two centuries and holding on to 73 catches.

In addition, Stevenson twice played in Test matches for England and he represented his country in four one-day internationals.

Stevenson will be remembered fondly for his qualities as an all-rounder and a popular member of the Headingley dressing room.

He had endured much ill-health in recent years and died in hospital after suffering a severe stroke over three months ago.

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Gale signs new contract with Yorkshire

Andrew Gale Yorkshire County Cricket Club Credit: Yorkshire CCC

Yorkshire County Cricket Club's Andrew Gale has signed a one-year contract extension that keeps him at the club until December 2016 with an option of a further year for the top-order batsman.

Gale made his fist class debut in June 2004 against Somerset at Scarborough and in a career that spans over 10 years, he has played 111 first-class matches scoring over 6000 runs including a career best 272, which he notched up last year against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough.

"I am delighted to sign a contract extension with Yorkshire. Playing for Yorkshire has never been a job to me , but a passion. I could never see myself playing for anyone else. "

Andrew Gale, Yorkshire County Cricket Club

McGrath set for Headingley role

McGrath is set for a new role at Headingley Credit: Press Association

Former Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath is returning to Headingley in a new mentoring role.

The 38-year-old, who retired from playing at the end of the 2012 season, will begin work with the county on a consultancy basis.

His new role will include work with the senior squad and youth sides and also involves helping players leaving the professional game.

Police appeal after historic cricket club break-ins

Police are appealing for information following a series of break-ins at an historic cricket club in Leeds.

Between April 18 last year and January 6 this year, there have been eleven burglaries at Kirkstall Education Cricket Club, in Queenswood Drive.

In most of the incidents, thieves have smashed windows and stolen cash and other items.

The club is an important community facility that depends on the good will of volunteers and we would encourage anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation to contact us.

– Superintendent Mabs Hussain

Yorkshire start new season at Taunton

Action from Yorkshire's final County Championship match in 2013. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Yorkshire will start the new 2014 LV= County Championship cricket season with a trip to Taunton to face Somerset on Sunday, April 13. The first home game is against newly-promoted Northamptonshire at Headingley, starting the following weekend on Sunday, April 20.

Five of Yorkshire Vikings' seven home games in the newly-named NatWest T20 Blast will be at Headingley on Friday nights, with the matches starting at 5pm.

Other highlights include the Roses Match against Lancashire in the County Championship, which starts at Headingley on Sunday, May 25.

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