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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.

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.

Yorkshire's Lees to join England cricketers in Australia

Yorkshire cricket's latest young star has told Calendar he hopes to follow in the footsteps of teammates Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow into the full England squad in the near future

Alex Lees will fly out to Australia with the England development squad tomorrow. His call-up came on the back of an impressive breakthrough season with Yorkshire which included a magnificent double century against Derbyshire in July.


Yorkshire seamer Hoggard to retire from cricket

Matthew Hoggard Credit: PA

Former Ashes winner Matthew Hoggard has announced he is to retire from first-class cricket at the end of this season. Hoggard helped to bowl England to a historic victory over Australia in 2005 - their first Ashes series success since 1986/87.

The Yorkshire seamer played in 67 Tests, and appeared 93 times for England in all, and also went on to captain Leicestershire after leaving Headingley. He announced on his own website today that, at the age of 36, he will conclude his 17-year career on September 21.

Adam Lyth signs contract extension at Yorkshire

Adam Lyth has signed a contract extension which will keep him at Yorkshire County Cricket Club until at least December 2015.

Opening batsman Lyth, who made his First-Class debut in 2007, is the 10th player to sign a new deal this summer with the Club. In his six years with Yorkshire, Lyth has played 78 First-Class matches amassing 4596 runs at an average of 38.30.

The Whitby-born batsman will open the batting for Yorkshire on his home ground, North Marine Road, Scarborough, when the White Rose take on Durham in the top of the table clash starting today in the LV= County Championship.

We are delighted that Adam has signed a contract extension. He has been a mainstay of our batting department for a number of years now and his experience in top flight domestic cricket is vital in our progression. He is a naturally gifted batsman, who is capable of crafting crucial innings. His influence on the wider group will be beneficial in our development over the next few years.”

– Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire County Cricket Club Director of Cricket
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