Yorkshire County Cricket Club walked away with a Highly-Commended award in the category of Professional Team of the Year at the annual Leeds Sports Awards held at New Dock Hall on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, in the Junior Sportsperson category two cricketers with outstanding ability took the honours.
Matthew Revis an integral member of Yorkshire Schools’ Under-11s became the first boy at any age group to score over 1,000 runs in a single season. Given that previous schoolboys have included Michael Vaughan and Joe Root this is no mean feat. An accomplished bowler too, Matthew’s outstanding contribution helped his team remain unbeaten in 2013.
Eliot Goldthorp, another talented lad, was highly commended. Eliot is a genuine sporting all-rounder. He is a member of the Leeds United under-11s team that won a high-profile youth tournament in Poland in June. He also captains the Yorkshire Schools’ cricket team for his age group and has recently been selected to play for the year above his own. Whichever sport he ultimately pursues, a bright future beckons for this talented young athlete.
Eliot Goldthorp (left) with Andrew Gale and Matthew Revis
Finally, Leeds and Bradford MCCU coach Andy Lawson received a Special Contribution Award. The University team had an outstanding 2013 season, losing only one match on their way to winning a hat-trick of national trophies. Coached at the University of Leeds, the side had to contend with the tragic death of Captain Tom Hardman at the end of 2012. As a result, Andy’s role became much more than that of coach and the way he and his young team responded to adversity with an unprecedented season of success is an inspirational achievement.
In excess of 500 guests were in attendance, including Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale, wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd and Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon. The White Rose County lost out on the main award to Leeds Rhinos.
“What an inspiring night,” said Gale, who was in awe of the array of talent on show from grassroots sports to the elite environment, where he and his Yorkshire teammate ply their trade.
“It was a pleasure to see so many great athletes that the City of Leeds is producing across a mass spectrum of sport. The City and the region can be very proud of what is being achieved and with the aspirations of all stakeholders this will continue to grow over the years to come.
“It was a great honour to be highly-commended after a strong season in Championship cricket. Hopefully this season we can try and win some silverware and attend thee awards next year with a view to winning the main category.”