Barrie Leadbeater has accepted an invitation to become President of Yorkshire CCC Players’ Association in 2019 when current President, Howard Cooper, ends his two-year role in the post.

Barrie, one of Yorkshire’s most popular former players who went on to become a First Class Umpire, officiating in five one-day internationals, was unanimously put forward as the next President at a committee meeting on January 12, and his appointment is due to be announced at the Association’s annual general meeting at Emerald Headingley this Sunday, April 15.

A technically correct batsman with a pleasing style, Barrie played in 147 first class matches for Yorkshire between 1966-79, scoring 5,247 runs.

One of his most memorable match-winning innings was in the 1969 Gillette Cup Final against Derbyshire at Lord’s when he hit 76 while batting with a broken finger to secure the man-of-the-match award.

Players’ Association chairman, Neil Hartley, will tell members at the meeting:

“Here we are at the start of another season and despite an extremely wet early Spring I suggest we are all eagerly awaiting some action, whether at County or Club level.

“I am particularly looking forward to Yorkshire’s challenge for silverware and would like to wish Martyn Moxon and the players every success.

“Looking back over the past year, our Association co-ordinated a full calendar of events which included regular dates at various venues and these were generally well supported

“Most of the dates have been confirmed for 2018 and I hope you can give them your support as it is vital that we are seen to be an active organisation.

“There was a terrific turn out for the England v West Indies Test at Emerald Headingley in 2017 and Yorkshire CCC’s chief executive, Mark Arthur, has once again opened the Carnegie Pavilion doors to the Players’ Association and families on the third day of the England v Pakistan Test on June 3. We look forward to seeing many of you there on the day, so lets keep our fingers crossed for a good day’s weather.

“The Association continues to raise money which is held in Trust and made available as a contribution to local cricket-based projects with emphasis on youth development. Our trustees – Jim Love, Andrew Dalton and David Ryder – will consider any reasonable application for funding. If you are aware of any worthy cricket related projects within the Yorkshire region then please let us know.

“We have a current and ongoing contribution to the Yorkshire Cricket Board where our funding assists with the cost of expenses incurred by some of the younger junior pros making their way in the game. We can take satisfaction and pride in knowing that our funding helps in the development of talented young players, some of whom will no doubt go on to play the game at the highest level.

“Finally, I would like to say how delighted I am that Barrie Leadbeater has agreed to become our next President at the end of Howard Cooper’s term in 2019. Howard is thoroughly enjoying his role and I am sure that Ledders will be equally as enthusiastic when he takes over.

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