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The Yorkshire CCC Yearbook is here

— 27 March 2013

Brought to you by this is the review of the forthcoming Yorkshire County Cricket Club Yearbook.

The publication of the new Yorkshire County Cricket Club Yearbook heralds the countdown to the cricket season.

It is a marking of cricketing time; like umpires dusting off the white coat and testing the clicker; scorers doing a stock check of their pencils or players fretting over the parlous state of their whites.

Some Yorkshire fans will doubtless set their watch by these passing moments; from the arrival in January of their Yorkshire CCC diary to the sound of the Yearbook hitting the mat in Spring.

The Wisden Almanack might trump the county Yearbook for prestige but they share sesquecentennial celebrations in 2013; besides, Wisden’s mid-April arrival is as late as a Joe Root paddle to leg.

Yorkshire will already have completed their match against Leeds Bradford MCCU and their momentous return to Division One Championship cricket against Sussex by the time the iconic yellow jacketed tome hits the shelves.

Published by Great Northern Books and edited by author and cricket journalist, David Warner, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Yearbook 2013 is in safe hands; curated by the same man who wrote The Sweetest Rose – 150 Years of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

The 115th edition will be available after this Saturday’s Yorkshire CCC AGM so Cricket Yorkshire are delighted to unwrap something of a scoop with this preview of the 346-page extravaganza, exclusive to this website. Depending on whether you read this before or after your Easter break of course…

It’s astonishing to think the Yorkshire CCC Yearbook has become comfortingly ever-present for fans for well over a century, marrying a dizzying array of statistics with quality editorial.

The 2013 edition will be many things to many people; it allows you to relive the journey of Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s 2012 season which led to promotion in the LV=County Championship and a place in the Twenty20 Champions League in South Africa.

Graham Hardcastle’s Review of the Year captures everything from those bowler-friendly wickets early-season to the tense, final act down at Chelmsford. As we all know, it rained a biblical amount but there were still the usual dramas (remember Mitchell Starc being deported?) and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Yorkshire President Geoffrey Boycott writes of his love of Yorkshire cricket which stretches back to his childhood while there are fond farewells for a clutch of players to leave the club in Ajmal Shahzad and Anthony McGrath. If you remember, Shahzad wasn’t picked for the Leicestershire four-day match in early May at Scarborough and departed on loan to Lancashire soon after.

McGrath’s fortunes and future were up in the air all winter but he finally called time on an outstanding, nineteen-year career and it gets deserved acclaim. At the time of writing this, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have just helped England draw the third Test in Auckland in dramatic fashion.

Joe Root’s rise to Test status is recalled in the Yearbook; it’s been a welcome sight to see the Sheffield Collegiate and Yorkshire batsman become an international in all three formats but raises its own headaches. England’s gain is Yorkshire’s loss and all that…

It might sound overly simplistic to say that if you enjoy reading about Yorkshire cricket, the Yearbook is a real treat; I’m not on commission I promise, but it’s a welcome companion at home or to take to the cricket with you; dipping into articles or digging out quirky facts whilst the rain, or perhaps snow, has forced the players off the field.

For those that relish crunching cricketing numbers and the like, the Yorkshire 2013 Yearbook should push all of your statistical buttons. Scorecards and write-ups are given for all first-class and one-day matches along with a comprehensive round-up of the Second XI season, while the Records section has been fully updated.

It’s not all about looking back, of course, with all Yorkshire 1st XI, 2nd XI and Academy fixtures included too. In this modern digital age, the notion of Yearbooks are possibly accompanied by an unkind stereotype attached on those that read them; namely the cricketing anorak, but that’s to unfairly dismiss both the publication and its broad readership.

It’s a celebration of having something physical to hold and read in actual print as much as a celebration of Yorkshire cricket. Spoken as someone who spends more than enough hours staring at a computer screen on a daily basis, that’s something to be clung to as we all wander round plugged into phones, tablets and hybrid devices.

I made a Wisden comparison earlier and the thread continues with Wisden having their Cricketers of the Year while the YCCC Yearbook will include three contributors who’ve been asked to write about their favourite Yorkshire cricketers.

These are chosen from the first-50 year period, then 1913-1963 and finally, up until the present day. The names of the three chosen cricketers are a closely guarded secret even Cricket Yorkshire isn’t privy to.

The 150th year celebrations get deserved attention and it’s a reminder that many have played for and been involved with Yorkshire County Cricket Club down the years; characters who have come and gone who made up the fabric of the Club.

Articles include David Warner’s extensive obituary on Michael Crawford, the former chairman and treasurer as well as second team captain who passed away at the age of 92.

Left-arm spinner and big-hitting batsman Don Wilson is also fondly remembered after the Yorkshire and England cricketer died in York Hospital in July of last year. A service of thanksgiving was held at St. Chad’s Church, Headingley, on September 19 and Yorkshire allrounder Richard Hutton gave a fitting eulogy which is included in full in the 2013 Yearbook.