Ben Coad signed terms as a junior professional with the county ahead of the 2014 summer having played six 40-over matches in the Yorkshire first-team in 2013, taking three wickets.
He has impressed for the Yorkshire Academy and second XI for three summers, and has been described as a bowler similar to Steve Patterson by former second XI coach Paul Farbrace.
“He’s your workhorse who will bowl you 25 overs a day without bowling any rubbish. He’s a good, solid day in day out performer. We’ve got very good hopes for him,” he explained.
Coad was educated at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, where Karl Carver – two years younger – was also educated.
2011 – Took 6-31 for the Academy in a Yorkshire Premier League match against York in August.
2012 – Another six-wicket haul for the Academy came in the same competition against Appleby Frodingham in June, this time 6-16 from nine overs. Made his second-team debut in a Championship match against Worcestershire later that month.
2013 – Went on the senior pre-season tour to Barbados in March before taking advantage of the county’s decision to use the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition to blood young players. He played six matches, making his first-team debut against Gloucestershire at Headingley in early June. He took a wicket in three matches. Signed on with Yorkshire as a junior pro at the end of the summer.
2014 – Coad was awarded the first ever Kevin Armitage Scholarship, sponsored by the late Kevin Armitage and facilitied by the Yorkshire Pride Lottery, enabling him to travel overseas and improve his skills over the winter. He travelled to Australia to begin a 6 week programme at the Darren Lehmann Coaching Academy in January 2014. Played one List A match against Sri Lanka A at Headingley in July.
NameBen O Coad
Born10th January 1994
RoleRight Arm Medium Fast Bowler
County DebutYorkshire v Gloucestershire, 2nd June 2013