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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 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

Bairstow signs on until 2018

Yorkshire and England cricket international Jonny Bairstow has signed a new three-year contract, which will keep him at Headingley until at least December 2018.

Jonny Bairtsow has signed a new three year contract with Yorkshire CCC Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bairstow, who is currently on the winter tour of South Africa with England will be hoping to cement his place in the Test side when the first Test gets underway in Durban on Boxing Day, had his best season with the bat accumulating 1108 Championship runs at an average of 92.33.

During the Championship winning campaign, the combative right-hander scored five centuries including a career best of 219 not out against Durham at Chester-le-Street in June.

“I’m delighted to be signing a new contract with Yorkshire.

"We had a tremendous season in Championship cricket lifting the title for a second successive season. It is great to be part of a culture where winning and being successful is at the heart of what drives the team on.

“The players are determined more than ever to ensure that we continue to set the benchmark high.

“It is an exciting time to be part of Yorkshire and England cricket and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of both teams.

“From an England point of view, I’m enjoying being part of the national set up and preparing well here in South Africa ahead of the opening Test Match in Durban on Boxing Day.”

– Jonny Bairstow

Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon is delighted that the 26-year-old has committed his long-term future to Headingley.

“It is great news that Jonny has signed on. He has been a big part of our success in the last few years. As we all know, he is an extremely talented cricketer.

“He is maturing and is an integral part of what we do. His best years are yet to come. I have great admiration for Jonny and his talents. I hope that he can fulfil his full potential in the coming seasons.

“The next phase for him will be to achieve consistency in his performances with England. He has a great chance in South Africa to fulfil his goals against one of the best seam attacks in the world. We’ll all be watching on hoping he and the other Yorkshire lads succeed.”

– Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire CCC Director of Cricket

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.

England star David Willey signs for Yorkshire

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has completed the signing of highly rated England all-rounder David Willey from Northamptonshire.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract with the White Rose County and will join the Club at the end of the current campaign.

Willey, who was born in Northampton, is an integral member of the England One-Day side and is expected to add to his four caps when England take on Australia in next month’s Royal London One Day International series.

I am really excited to be joining Yorkshire and being part of a progressive side. I’m looking forward to working with Jason Gillespie and the rest of the Yorkshire lads. This has been a tough decision to make because of my personal attachment to the County Ground. I came here many, many times as a boy and dreamed of playing for Northants. I will always be grateful for the years of coaching and mentoring that I have received which gave me the best start to my career. However, I feel that the time is right to move on, to experience a new approach to training and to broaden my cricket education. Yorkshire gives me the best opportunity to challenge myself working alongside some of the best players in the country.

– David Willey

Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon is delighted that the Club have made a significant signing ahead of the new campaign beating off competition from other counties to secure Willey’s signature.

Willey is a graduate of Northants Cricket Academy and is regarded by many as one England’s best Limited-overs all-rounders. The left-hander currently averages over 23 with the bat in all List A matches with a top score of 167 and has taken 60 wickets at an average of just over 33. In the First-class arena, Willey has played 58 matches with a top score of 104 not out at an average of 28.50. With the ball, he has taken 148 wickets at an average of just under 30.

Willey has made a tremendous impact in T20 cricket and single-handedly took the Steelbacks to a T20 title success in 2013 where his all-round performance in the final; a 19-ball half-century (the fastest of the season), a direct-hit run-out from the deep and a hat-trick to finish off the match as part of a four-wicket haul catapulted him into the national spotlight.

He is a current England international and is expected to be a mainstay of England’s one-day plans for the foreseeable future.

Bairstow fires Yorkshire to victory in Scarborough

Jonny Bairstow celebrated his Ashes call-up with a quick-fire innings which helped propel Yorkshire to a seven-wicket victory over Worcestershire on the final day of the LV= County Championship match at Scarborough.

Bairstow fires Yorkshire to victory in Scarborough Credit: Press Association

It was the first time since 1998 that Yorkshire had won five consecutive matches in a season in the competition and it further strengthened the title-holders' position at the top of the table.

But Worcestershire made them fight every inch of the way for their success and for a while they were even able to contemplate victory themselves as the home side slumped to 44 for three in their chase towards a 157 target.

But then Bairstow, in the best form of his career and brimming with confidence, strode to the crease and impressed with top quality shots to all parts of the North Marine Road ground.

Bairstow battered an unbeaten 74 off 51 balls with nine fours and three sixes during an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 113 in 17 overs with opener Alex Lees, who finished on 58no from 87 deliveries with seven fours and two sixes. Bairstow has now thrashed 908 runs at an average of 108.88 in his 12 Championship knocks with one double-century, four centuries and four half-centuries.

After Worcestershire had been bowled out for 306, the second highest second innings score against Yorkshire this season, they soon claimed a wicket as Will Rhodes skied Saeed Ajmal's second ball to deep mid-on where Jack Shantry held on to a well-judged catch.

Yorkshire were 34 for one at lunch, Lees having driven Joe Leach for an early six, but soon after the interval they suffered a double setback, Jack Leaning being trapped lbw by Charlie Morris and captain Andrew Gale run out when sent back by Lees.

With light rain falling for a short while, Bairstow went on the charge, driving Ajmal over long-on for six and being so eager to advance that he chased a delivery which slipped out of Morris's hand and bounced several times wide on the off-side before belting it through the covers for four.

Bairstow hit three fours off consecutive balls from Ajmal and successive boundaries against Shantry, bringing up his half-century from 79 balls with five fours and two sixes.

Both Bairstow and Lees cleared the rope again as Lees completed his first 50 in 14 Championship innings off 79 deliveries it was all over by mid afternoon with 47 overs to spare.

Resuming on 221 for six in the morning with a lead of 71, Worcestershire continued to take the fight to their opponents.

Ross Whiteley moved his overnight 65 on to 101 before falling lbw to Ryan Sidebottom soon after the new ball had been taken. He had faced 139 balls and struck 14 fours and a six on his way to his best score for Worcestershire and his highest since his career best 130 not out for Derbyshire against Kent at Derby in September 2011.

Even with his departure to make it 280 for nine, Worcestershire were not entirely finished as Ajmal and Morris put on 26 together for the last wicket.

It meant that Yorkshire still had some work to do and there were anxious moments ahead until Bairstow and Lees settled in.

After the match, Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, said: "Obviously I am very pleased to come away with full points but this was still not our best performance, I have to acknowledge that.

"We had one big partnership in the first innings and a century stand in the second but we have still not nailed our partnerships.

"I thought we were poor with the ball on the third day before just making our opponents follow-on and we have to focus on the process of how to get it right. We seem to drift sometimes when we take our foot off the gas.

"It is a nice position to be in at the top of the table but there is still a lot of cricket to be played and we have six games remaining. We need to make sure we maintain our standards and respect the form we are in even though we are not at our best.

"The race for the Championship is not over yet and we can only control what we do and not what other teams do.

"It was another great knock today from Jonny Bairstow and we all wish him well and hope he scores lots of runs for England. He is playing good cricket, the ball is in his court and I am delighted he has got his opportunity."

Bairstow replaces Ballance for third test

Ballance has struggled at number three this year, having made a fine start to his Test career in his first summer in that position 12 months ago.

England also announced, in a press release on Tuesday afternoon, that they will move four-time Ashes-winner Ian Bell back up to the pivotal number three position on his home ground at Edgbaston next week.

National selector James Whitaker said: "For the third Test, Ian Bell will move up the order to bat at three - followed by Joe Root, with Jonny Bairstow coming in at five.

"Jonny has worked extremely hard at his game, and his record for Yorkshire speaks for itself. He fully deserves this opportunity."

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