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Yorkshire CCC Academy 2018

— 14 November 2017

Yorkshire have announced their Academy intake, with 2nd XI Coach and Academy Director Ian Dews giving us the lowdown on his players.


Edward Barnes: “Ed’s an all-rounder, a bowler who bats – a pace bowler. He played for England Under 19s last winter, but he got injured early on in the tour of India. He broke his finger during the first morning of their first game and had to come back home. He’s played quite a bit of second-team cricket.”

James Logan: “James is the Academy’s leading all-time wicket-taker in league cricket. A left-arm spinner who struggled at the start of last season, but he really came through towards the back end. Again, he’s played a lot of second-team cricket. But he needs to work on his batting. He’s not a frontline batsman.”

Jonathan Read: “Jonny’s a wicketkeeper who has been on the senior tour to the UAE for the last two pre-seasons. He’s from the Scarborough area and is working hard on his batting at the minute.”

Jack Shutt: “An off-spinner who played a lot of second-team cricket last year and was the man-of-the-match in the final of the one-day Trophy final with four-for. Made the first-team squad at Surrey at the end of the season.”


Bilal Anjum: “Bilal is a frontline batsman who bowls a little bit of off-spin. He has played a few second-team games and scored a handful of fifties for the Academy last year.”

Benjamin Birkhead: “Ben is a wicketkeeper-batsman who played one-day stuff for the second-team last season. He’s a bit of dasher with the bat and a decent keeper.”

George Hill: “George is our youngest. He’s still at school – he goes to Sedbergh, where Harry Brook went. He’s a genuine all-rounder who bats at the top of the order and has bossed under 17s cricket. England are sniffing around him.”

Tom Loten: “Tom’s a bit of wildcard for us. He’s a top order batsman and a seamer. He’s a massive lad – 6 foot 5, 6 foot 6. He bowls good pace and got a hundred in the Academy last season. He’s there and thereabouts. We’re hopeful.”

Matthew Taylor: “He’s the oldest we’ve got in the Academy. An opening bowler, a seamer, who’s tall and stands it up on the seam. He’s played a couple of second-team games and is Tremlett-esque.”