When Harry Brook made 91 not out in the T20 Roses clash at Headingley during the 2021 season, not only was it a career-best score but he also passed a total of 1,000 runs in the competition during the innings. Furthermore, he became the youngest Yorkshire player to achieve the feat for the county. Paul Dyson compares this achievement with the other nine batters to pass the four-figure target.

As the following shows, Harry Brook was aged just 22 when he scored his 1,000th T20 run for Yorkshire. This makes him easily the youngest to reach the target for the county – beating the previous record by two years and 241 days.


Name T20 Debut Year Age Innings
Harry Brook 2018 2021 22 years 130 days 35
Tom Kohler-Cadmore 2017 2019 25 years 6 days 35
Jonny Bairstow 2010 2015 25 years 261 days 49
Gary Ballance 2010 2016 26 years 193 days 45
Andrew Gale 2004 2010 26 years 208 days 43
David Willey 2016 2018 28 years 169 days 32
Adam Lyth 2008 2016 28 years 280 days 56
Joe Root 2011 2021 30 years 199 days 38
Tim Bresnan 2003 2017 32 years 156 days 65
Anthony McGrath 2004 2009 33 years 239 days 41

There are several observations and explanations to be made. Anthony McGrath was already a seasoned professional by the time T20 came along; he was 28 when he played his first game in the competition, compared with Brook being only 19 when his T20 career started. Not so with Tim Bresnan – he was a mere 18 when his T20 experience began but with his effective bowling being his prominent skill it took him longest of all to reach the target. Nevertheless, he is still the only player to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in this format for Yorkshire.

David Willey is the only one to reach the 1,000-run target in fewer innings than Brook. However, when he came to Yorkshire at the age of 26 from Northamptonshire he had already played in no fewer than 104 T20 matches including 11 for England and done the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets. Similarly, Yorkshire was also Tom Kohler-Cadmore’s second county; for Worcestershire he had scored the small matter of 915 runs in 38 innings.

Probably the biggest surprise on the list is the number of innings it took for Adam Lyth to reach his 1,000 T20 runs. However, it took a long time for it to be worked out where was his best position in the batting order. Sometimes he batted so low that the impression was given that he was only in the side for his fielding, his off-spin bowling being a more neglected art in his early days. However, he has made up for his slow start in memorable fashion. It took him only 26 more innings to reach 2,000 runs, thus achieving that target in one innings fewer than Andrew Gale’s 83 – and, at the age of 30, was 249 days younger than Gale had been. Early in 2021 Lyth became the first – and so far, only – Yorkshire batter to score 3,000 T20 runs; he passed the target in his 116th innings and at the age of 33.

Should Brook continue at his present rate then Lyth’s records, remarkable as they are, will disappear in only a very few seasons. Exciting times for Yorkshire’s young and talented batter.

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