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AN OVER OF NEWS

— 11 November 2022

Sunday’s T20 World Cup final between England and Pakistan could feature six players who represented Yorkshire in 2022 added to another who has been appointed club captain for next summer.

Harry Brook and Adil Rashid both played for England in yesterday’s stunning semi-final win over India at Adelaide, while Dawid Malan would have played but for injury.

He faces a race against the clock to be fit for the MCG showpiece having sustained a left groin injury in the final group game against Sri Lanka last week.

Former T20 captain David Willey, now a Northamptonshire player, is in England’s squad, but he has not made an appearance in the tournament so far.

As for Pakistan, prospective skipper Shan Masood – the left-handed batter who has signed a two-year overseas contract at Headingley – will play alongside Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan, who both played for the county in four-day and T20 cricket during the most recent summer.

There will be a full preview published on the Yorkshire website ahead of the final.

Yorkshire and England Disability star Alex Jervis is travelling to Kenya at the start of next year to raise funds for Cricket Without Boundaries charity.

Cricket Without Boundaries is dedicated to helping, educating and developing local communities around the world through the spread and growth of cricket.

Crucially, CWB also uses cricket as a tool in the fight against AIDS. Their training sessions have at their heart discussion about the disease in terms of prevention, treatment and equality of treatment for those with and without the disease.

This is the latest fund raising event for seam bowler Jervis, a summer Ashes winner with England’s Learning Disability side.

He is a prolific supporter of charitable causes and has already raised over £4,000 for cricket based charities in recent years and gives up his free time to worthy causes.

He feels the education of people through cricket aligns with his own learning, helping him overcome his own disability.

Jervis learned about the CWB and their work in Kenya when he donated surplus kit and equipment to the charity in the summer, supporting Yorkshire cricket fan Clare Sanderson with her work. 

He has set up a Just Giving page for donations: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alex1jervis

Stephen Vaughan, Yorkshire’s new chief executive, started work at Headingley this week.

Vaughan has moved from his near three-year job as group chief executive at Wasps Rugby and was met with the ultimate baptism of fire yesterday – a trip to Old Trafford!!

He made the treacherous trek across the Pennines for a meeting with his fellow county CEOs.

Yorkshire’s new Vitality Blast overseas signing David Wiese is bidding to go back-to-back when he begins his latest short form assignment in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, which starts a week on Wednesday.

All-rounder Wiese, 37, was signed up by Darren Gough and Ottis Gibson on Wednesday for next summer’s Blast.

But, much sooner, he will part of the Deccan Gladiators squad for the event at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, where his side will look to win the title for the second year running.

Wiese played in last year’s event alongside the likes of Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Andre Russell and Wanindu Hasaranga.

Deccan, coached by Mushtaq Ahmed, will this year include ex-Yorkshire overseas player Nicholas Pooran as well as Russell, Kohler-Cadmore and in-form Irish quick Josh Little.

As mentioned in the last Over of News, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid and Jordan Thompson are all due to take part in the same event.

Ottis Gibson is also heading out to Abu Dhabi for the competition, with him taking on an assistant coach’s role under Paul Farbrace with Team Abu Dhabi.

Thompson and Lyth have been back in pre-season training with their Yorkshire team-mates amidst a busy period at Headingley.

The Northern Diamonds squad have also returned to training ahead of 2023, as they bid to back up this season’s stunning Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy success.

There has been a mixture of fitness training and skills work, with sessions done at Headingley, in the spin bike studio at the Village Hotel and on the running track at Leeds Beckett University’s Carnegie School of Sport.

The Winfield-Hills, Lauren and Courtney, are battling it out for silverware in their respective assignments on either side of the globe.

Lauren’s Melbourne Stars are almost at the point of no return in the Australian Big Bash. With six games remaining, they are five points adrift of a place in the top four, which would secure a semi-final berth.

They face in-form Sydney Sixers tomorrow before a clash with cross-city rivals Melbourne Renegades.

The Stars are five points behind Perth Scorchers, the defending champions, who are currently sat fourth, but they have two games in hand on their rivals, leaving them with hope of semi-final qualification.

Lauren has scored 160 runs in six innings so far with a best of 74.

Courtney, meanwhile, the head of the Northern Diamonds’ Academy, is preparing for a Rugby League World Cup semi-final with her England side. They will play New Zealand at York on Monday evening.

Courtney scored a hat-trick of tries and claimed the player of the match award in England’s opening day win over Brazil. They have since beaten Canada and Papua New Guinea.

The Queenslander remains on course for a dream final with birth nation Australia at Old Trafford football ground a week tomorrow. The Aussies also play their semi-final at York on Monday, against Papua New Guinea.

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