You will not be short of senior figures to tell you just how good left-handed batsman Alex Lees can be! Former England Test opener and current county president Geoff Boycott is one and second XI coach Paul Farbrace will no doubt be another.
Lees, who has captained Yorkshire’s Academy and second XI teams, signed full professional terms with the county ahead of the 2013 season following a string of impressive displays through his teenage years.
And those impressive performances did not abate in 2013 either! He became Yorkshire’s youngest ever double centurion at 20 years and 95 days old when he hit 275 not out in a win over Derbyshire at Chesterfield in mid-July.
Boycott believes the Halifax-born player, who has played two first-class and List A matches for the White Rose to date, will be a star of the future.
Farbrace, meanwhile, was present in his duty as Kent’s first-team coach when Lees scored a brilliant double century against a combined Kent and Northamptonshire second XI team at Beckenham in May, 2011.
He can either open the batting or bat in the middle order. He scored 23 opening in a CB40 match against Warwickshire last August, while his first-class best of 38 against India A in June of 2010 came from number five.
Lees passed up the chance represent England’s under 19s team ahead of last winter’s World Cup, with trying to further his career with the White Rose high on his list of reasons.
But he got his England opportunity in 2013 thanks to a couple of stunning innings in the Championship. Not only did Lees make his England Lions debut, he was selected for a winter tour of Australia with the England Performance Programme to round the year off in style.
2007 – Scored a century for Yorkshire’s under 14s side in a 45-over match against their Northumberland counterparts in June.
2008 – After bringing up three figures for the under 15s in a 50-over match against the same opponents in July, he did likewise for Yorkshire’s Academy against Guernsey under 19s during the successful ARCH Trophy win in the United Arab Emirates in December aged 15.
2009 – He added an under 17s hundred to his collection against Nottinghamshire in a two-day County Championship match in August, and captained the Academy once in July.
2010 – Made an encouraging first-class bow against the touring Indian A team in June against future Test players Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha.
2011 – Played a second first-class match against Durham MCCU in April before his maiden second XI ton was that magnificent 204 at Beckenham in May. He then made his List A debut in a 40-over match against Worcestershire at Headingley in August. Turned down the opportunity to represent England under 19s shortly afterwards.
2012 – Captained Yorkshire’s second XI before making a further 40-over appearance against runners-up Warwickshire at Scarborough in August. Signed his first senior professional contract ahead of the 2013 campaign.
2013 – Lees scored two fifties in four 40-over appearances, but saved his best for Middlesex and Derbyshire in the Championship. He entered the White Rose record books in the process. Having scored his maiden first-class century in the season opening friendly against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities, his 100 against Middlesex at Lord’s in June was his maiden Championship ton. He followed that up in mid-July with a stunning 275 not out against Derbyshire at Chesterfield. It remains the joint eleventh highest score in Yorkshire’s history. He scored 33 for the Lions in a two-day match against the touring Australians at Northampton in August. Travelled Down Under with the England Performance Programme squad in November.