By Guy Williams, The Cricket Paper
Yorkshire’s 22-year-old off-spinner, Jack Shutt, who made such a promising first-team debut against Lancashire in the Vitality Blast, could find himself playing a lot more following serious injury blows to two of the county’s other spinners.
Leggie Josh Poysden, who won’t play again this season after being struck on the head by a ball, and slow left-armer, James Logan, will miss the rest of the summer because of a stress fracture in his back.
Shutt, who learnt to play at Elsecar CC near Barnsley, bowled intelligently on his debut in front of 17,000 at Headingley, taking 2-31 in his four overs during which he dismissed Steve Croft and Liam Livingstone in his first 11 balls.
The Yorkshire Academy product, now playing for Doncaster in the Yorkshire South Premier League after a spell at Castleford, has bowled economically and successfully for Yorkshire Seconds, and last month took eight wickets, his best match haul, against Warwickshire.
Tall and a graduate from Leeds University, it was almost inevitable that Shutt would play cricket because his home is directly opposite Elsecar’s ground.
He said: “I owe Elsecar a hell of a lot and played there from eight until 17. Ian Swallow, the former Yorkshire spinner (1983-89) made a big contribution to my development at Elsecar. Now, after my debut, I want to play as many games as possible for Yorkshire in all forms.