James Wainman is a left-arm seam bowler who made an impressive first-team debut for the county in 2014 against a Sri Lanka A side including a host of full internationals.
Not only did Wainman take 3-51 from eight overs, he also hit a useful 33 as Yorkshire tried in vain to chase down 276, making 249 all out.
Educated at Leeds Grammar School, he has played Yorkshire age-group cricket from under 14s upwards.
One of the Harrogate-born bowler’s main assets is his economy rate. He often keeps a batting line-up tied down, regularly returning one, two and three-wicket hauls in the process.
He debuted for Yorkshire’s under 14s in 2007, going on to represent the under 15s the following year and the under 17s in 2010. Wainman has also played once for an England Player Development XI.
He signed a junior professional contract at Headingley in late 2011.
2007 – Debuted for Yorkshire’s under 14s in a 45-over match against Durham in July before taking 2-23 from four overs with the new ball against Lancashire in a 45-over cup fixture later in the month.
2008 – Was a regular for the under 15s, taking three two-wicket hauls in nine matches, including one in a win against Lancashire at the National Finals in August.
2010 – Made his Yorkshire Academy bow in May before graduating through to second XI cricket in August – another clash with Lancashire in a one-day Trophy match at Crosby.
2011 – Played in an England Player Development XI side captained by current county colleague Alex Lees against the Unicorns, including Adil Rashid’s brother Amar, in a 45-over match in April. Took 5-27 from seven overs with the new ball in an Academy cup win in July. Former England international Anthony McGrath played in the same match. The Academy went on to win the cup in September, Wainman taking 1-33 from 10 overs against Scarborough in the 50-over final. Signed junior pro terms with Yorkshire a couple of months later.
2013 – Undertook 12th man duties for the first-team on a number of occasions during the summer.
2014 – Made an eye-catching first-team bow against Sri Lanka A, with his maiden wicket that of full international Mahela Udawatte. James also helped the Academy to the league and cup double and enjoyed an encouraging campaign in the second XI having recovered from injuries ahead of the summer.
2015 – Did not make a first-team appearance, but took 27 wickets in 19 matches across all formats for the seconds, including a season’s best six wickets in the three-day match against Glamorgan at Headingley in mid-April – his first appearance of the summer.