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Darren Gough becomes Honorary Life Member

— 30 March 2013

Former Yorkshire and England fast bowler Darren Gough has been made an honorary life member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

Gough’s appointment was confirmed at the Club’s annual meeting held at Headingley on Saturday March 30 2013. 

Gough, 42, played 146 first-class matches for the county, taking 453 wickets at 27.56.

He took 290 wickets in 212 List A games at 23.34 and 16 wickets in 17 Twenty20 appearances at 26.00.

The Barnsley-born seamer, who now has a career in broadcasting, captained Yorkshire in 2007 and 2008. He captured 229 Test wickets and 235 one-day international wickets, making him one of England’s most successful players of modern times.

At the meeting, the Club presented to members their annual report and accounts, which showed a deficit of £118,000 for the year ending December 31 2012. This is attributed to the shortfall to last year’s bad weather, which saw the loss of around 40 per cent of playing time and the abandonment of the Headingley one-day international, plus the impact of the Olympic Games, which clashed with the Headingley Test and impacted on corporate hospitality sales.

Furthermore, Geoffrey Boycott was re-elected as club president for the final year of his two-year term, Yorkshire’s executive chairman Colin Graves was appointed a club vice-president and former Yorkshire and England batsman Michael Vaughan was elected by the members on to the Club’s board of directors.

The President’s Medal, which is awarded annually for voluntary services to the Club, was given to two recipients. Joan Pickering and Ron Deaton received their award from Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale for their sterling service to the Club over a significant number of years.