Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Spotlight on Moin Ashraf

Lots to enjoy this week. Pace bowler Moin Ashraf talks yorkers, England and Twitter; Joe Root continues to attract the column inches as well as praise from England batting coach Graham Gooch; and Martyn Moxon chats with our friends at the Northern Cricket Society.

Andrew Gale, Jack Brooks and company meet Sri Lankan stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, while Gary Ballance suffers a nasty injury at the SCG and shares more of his tour diary.

And, even though it's the off-season, Headingley too takes centre stage.Melbourne Storm hooker, and self-proclaimed all-rounder, Cameron Smith enjoys the chance to play at the famous ground, while Leicestershire's Paul Nixon looks back and shares his memories of the place.

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Anthony McGrath retires

Best wishes from the East Riding Cricket Society to Anthony McGrath after a thumb injury forced his retirement. Anthony spoke to the society in 2010, impressing us all with his intelligence, honesty and good humour. The ultimate team man, he captained Yorkshire twice and was one of only four players to score 10,000 runs and take 100 wickets in the County Championship in the 17 years since his debut in 1995. Among many highlights, Pace and Bounce has particularly fond memories of Anthony running out Sean Ervine at Scarborough in 2010. He swooped on the ball and threw down one stump - to the great delight of his team-mates - in a manner reminiscent of the great Colin Bland. Read the official announcement of Anthony's retirement or watch him talking about his decision.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Hannon-Dalby to Warwickshire Bears

Our best wishes go to Yorkshire pace bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby, who joins champions Warwickshire with effect from 1 March.

Elsewhere Yorkshire are hoping to have Tim Bresnan available for the start of the season. Gary Ballance is still Down Under with England Lions, while Iain Wardlaw has been named in Scotland's party for their World Cricket League fixtures against Afghanistan in the UAE.

Closer to home Joe Root dreams of walking out for England at Headingley. Past speaker Kevin Howells discusses Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow with Cricket Yorkshire, and Jason Gillespie talks Ashes and Yorkshire weather with SkySports.

And finally ... if you missed Jonathan Agnew on Desert Island Discs, here's a chance to listen again.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

East Riding Cricket Society - 2,000 hits

Another landmark for the East Riding Cricket Society - we're celebrating 2,000 hits on our website. A big thank you to everyone who follows the site - we hope you like its bright new look. And to keep you reading, here's our latest round-up of Yorkshire CCC news ...

Liam Plunkett, Jonny Tattersall and Gary Ballance all continue to perform well in the southern hemisphere. Jonny Bairstow faces hot competition for a place in the England side. With the new season fast approaching, coach Jason Gillespie talks team, training and tactics.

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Once upon a time in Scarborough

February won't be here forever. Enjoy the sight of this cloudless sky at North Marine Road and remember that summer is just around the corner.

While we're in Scarborough why not relive the pleasures of a week spent at the Festival in 2008?

Or learn more about the Scarborough century which crowned Don Bradman's final appearance in England sixty years earlier.

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Bresnan targets Test return

Tim Bresnan talks about his troublesome elbow and rehab trip to the US - or read more here.

Praise for Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow from England captain Alastair Cook, and from Yorkshire paceman Ryan Sidebottom. Rave reviews too for Billy Root from MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne.

Andrew Gale discusses Yorkshire's upcoming trip to the West Indies to defend the Barbados Twenty20 Cup title.

Gary Ballance is looking forward to playing at the MCG this week.

And Iain Wardlaw is off to train with Scotland. Best bit, he reckons, haggis for breakfast!

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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Sri Lanka bound

News of Yorkshire players from all corners of the globe this week. Five youngsters plus captain Andrew Gale (right) and pace bowler Jack Brooks are heading for Sri Lanka for a short camp after the BCCI refused English counties use of Indian facilities for pre-season training.

Meanwhile Gary Ballance has made a great start for the England Lions. Check here for the first of Gary's tour diaries. Over in Adelaide Liam Plunkett is performing well during his stint at the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy. And Jonny Tattersall made a fighting 63 in a narrow defeat for the England Under-19s in the second Test in Paarl.

Closer to home, fast bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby is currently on trial with Warwickshire; Iain Wardlaw talks more about his remarkable rise to possible international honours with Scotland; and executive chairman Colin Graves bids to become deputy chairman of the ECB.

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