Sunday, 30 December 2012

Gary Yates

The Red Rose meets the White on Wednesday 9th January when Lancashire's Gary Yates will be crossing the Pennines to join us

Educated at Manchester Grammar School, where England captain Michael Atherton was a classmate, Gary has spent his entire career with the Red Rose county and was awarded a well-deserved benefit in 2005. 'Gary has been a loyal servant to Lancashire County Cricket Club, said then chairman Jack Simmons. [He] is just the sort of cricketer benefits were designed for.'

Playing alongside the likes of Atherton, Andrew Flintoff, Wasim Akram, John Crawley and Neil Fairbrother, Gary's economical off-spin and reliable lower order batting made him a key member of Lancashire's all-conquering one-day side of the mid-1990s, winners of the B&H Cup in 1995 and 1996, the Natwest Trophy in 1996 and 1998, and the AXA League title in 1998 and 1999. In fact, in company with wicket-keeper Warren Hegg, it was Gary who guided his team to the first of those triumphs in a narrow 2-wicket semi-final win over Worcestershire. 


And of course in recent years he's had a close-up view of fellow spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, the leading wicket-taker in both Test and ODI matches, during the Sri Lankan's several spells at Old Trafford.
Now Lancashire's Assistant Coach, Gary looks after the county's highly successful Second XI, winners of the Second XI Trophy in 2012 after three successive years as runners-up. The club's home-produced youngsters also figured prominently in its 2011 County Championship success – its first for 77 years – and spinner Simon Kerrigan will be joining Yorkshire's Joe Root and Gary Ballance on the upcoming England Lions Tour of South Africa.

Gary has asked for advance notice of our questions so his answers can be as full and informed as possible. What do you want to know? Gary's view of Yorkshire's emerging talent? His assessment of England's performance in India? The impact of DRS on spin bowling? The role of the assistant coach? The redevelopment of Old Trafford and the return of Ashes cricket in 2013? Whatever your question, please email or telephone 01482 861848 by Friday 4th January.

And if you can't tell your doosra from your teesra, watch here as Gary unravels the mystery for Radio 5 Live's Peter Allen.

Come and meet Gary on Wednesday 9th January at the Humberside Police Sports Club, Inglemire Lane, Hull HU6 8LE. 7.45pm. Everyone welcome! Annual membership: £15. Non-members: £5.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Yorkshire in the news

Joe Root isn't the only Yorkshire player to hit the headlines over the past week or so.

Adil Rashid launched his own cricket academy in Bradford last weekend. The coaching staff at the Adil Rashid Cricket Academy will also include Yorkshire's Moin Ashraf and Joe Sayers, Nottinghamshire's Ajmal Shahzad and Lancashire's Saj Mahmood.

Congratulations also go to Under-19 trio Ryan Gibson, Josh Shaw and Jonny Tattersall - all named in the England party to tour South Africa in January/February. 

And Yorkshire's new recruit Jack Brooks, long on the county's wanted list, talks about his ambitions for the new season today, among them international selection and helping his new team-mates win the LV= County Championship for the first time since 2001.

For more news updates and selected links to the best of cricket journalism 

Cricket Yorkshire

Enjoyable chat last week with John Fuller (pictured here with  Yorkshire's Gerard Brophy) whose Cricket Yorkshire website is essential reading for players and supporters alike. Interviews, features and reviews focus on cricket at both county and club level - John's Xmas present ideas and James Buttler's 2012 highlights are particularly good reads at the moment. John is busy working on a revamp of the site - due to go live next month - and is planning a feature on the East Riding Cricket Society, as well as interviews with some of our speakers. He's also keen to hear more from clubs across the county. So if any East Yorkshire club out there has a story to tell, contact John

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Jim braves the cold

Undeterred by the freezing weather, Jim Love made his way from Tadcaster to Hull last night for a really enjoyable evening. Jim's work as Regional Manager (North) for the charity Chance to Shine is keeping him very busy at the moment. Described by Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson as 'one of the most successful grassroots sports initiatives in this country', Chance to Shine aims to reverse the rapid decline in state school cricket experienced since the 1980s. The scheme has already given cricketing opportunities to over 1.5 million primary age children nationwide. And now with new funding from Sport England Jim and his colleagues are preparing to go into the secondary sector for the first time. It's a campaign which certainly means a lot to Jim, a one-time pupil at Brudenell School in Leeds, where a cricket-loving headmaster helped him take his first steps towards a professional career.

Now Chance to Shine has produced its first county player in sixteen-year-old Pudsey wicketkeeper Barney Gibson, who came through the scheme to make his Yorkshire debut in 2011, the youngest ever player to play first-class cricket in England.  But Jim is keen to emphasise that Chance to Shine is not primarily about identifying potential England and county players. Instead it aims to encourage involvement at all levels of the sport, and its undoubted success means that he looks to the future with great confidence.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Spotlight on Joe Root

Yorkshire's Joe Root profiled by Kevin Howells on BBC Radio this morning.

Click here to listen or download.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Jim Love

Yorkshire and England batsman Jim Love is making a welcome return to Hull on Wednesday 12th December. The city holds happy memories for Jim. He played regularly at the Circle in the 70s and 80s, with an unbeaten century against Notts in 1986 a particular highlight. Jim last visited the East Riding Cricket Society in 1987, the year his match-winning 75* gained him the Gold Award in a thrilling B&H Final against Northants. The scores were tied but Yorkshire had lost fewer wickets and Jim successfully blocked the last ball of the match to secure victory. Retirement from first-class cricket came in 1993, but that was just the start of a hugely varied career in the sport. As Director of Cricket for Scotland between 1992 and 2001, Jim led the Saltires to the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and the 1999 World Cup. He is now Head Coach of the hugely successful York CC, winners of six consecutive Yorkshire ECB Premier League titles, and crowned as the best club side in the country following their Kingfisher Beer Cup triumph in September. In 2011, he managed the MCC's tour to Namibia and was also President of the Yorkshire Past Players' Association. And as Regional Manager (North) for the Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine programme, he is playing a vital part in returning competitive cricket to state schools. The Foundation's StreetChance programme, bringing street cricket to deprived inner city areas, launched in Hull just six weeks ago.

To hear more about Jim's Namibian experience click here.

Don't miss what's sure to be a fascinating evening. Humberside Police Sports Club, Inglemire Lane, Hull HU6 8LE. 7.45pm. Everyone welcome! Membership: £15 a year. Non-members: £5 a meeting.