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Living in the South, Join The Yorkshire Southern Group

— 7 February 2014

If you are a follower of Yorkshire Cricket and live in the South, why not consider joining the Yorkshire CCC Southern Group?

Formed in 1980, with Richard Hutton as Patron, the functions of the Group are to promote and support the County Club and provide financial or other assistance to young Yorkshire cricketers.

  • Yorkshire cricketers who have benefited from sponsorship from the Yorkshire Southern Group in recent years include Joe Sayers and Jonathan Bairstow (pictured). The first winner of the Southern Group’s Neil Lloyd Young Cricketer of the Year Award in 1981 was Martyn Moxon, the latest, in 2013, was Joe Root.

    During the season, visits are made to several Yorkshire First XI matches, mainly away matches in the South but always a match at Headingley. These events usually include lunch and use of a private viewing area.

    In the Spring and Autumn, events are organised at London venues where the principal guest is usually a Yorkshire player, past or present, or sometimes another cricket personality. Geoffrey Boycott, Paul Farbrace, Michael Vaughan, Andrew Gale, Craig White, Matthew Hoggard and Ken Taylor are some of the Group’s recent guests.

  • The annual donation for all this, plus a quarterly Newsletter, is a minimum of £10. More information can be found here

    Neil Lloyd Young Cricketer of the Year Award

    The award was inaugurated in 1981 and was named the Neil Lloyd Young Cricketer of the Year Award the following year to honour the memory of Neil Lloyd, an outstanding young cricketer whose career was tragically cut short by a rare neurological disease at the age of 17 years.

    The award is made after a vote of the Southern Group’s members. The criteria are that the player shall be 21 years or less at the start of the immediate pre-season (until this year it was 23 years) and shall be uncapped at the start of that season. The winner in the first two years of the Award was Martyn Moxon. The 2013 winner was Joe Root. Eleven of the winners of the Award have gone on to play Test cricket for England.