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Youngsters commit to White Rose

— 7 December 2017

Five of Yorkshire’s brightest talents have committed their long-term futures to the club.

Harry Brook, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Jack Leaning and Matthew Waite have all put pen to paper to remain at Emerald Headingley for the next few years.

Batsman Brook, currently in South Africa captaining the England Under 19s as they warm-up for next year’s one-day World Cup, starred in second-team cricket last summer and debuted in the firsts.

He scored a scintillating century in the final of the Second XI one-day Trophy against Middlesex and later debuted in the County Championship against the same opponents at Lord’s.

The 18-year-old from Burley-in-Wharfedale has signed a contract through to December 2020.

That is the same length of deal penned by seamer Coad, who was the major positive to come out of a largely disappointing 2017 for the county.

In his first full season of first-team cricket, Harrogate-born Coad, 23, claimed 50 wickets in the County Championship and cleaned up at the club’s end of season awards dinner in October.

He won the Players’ and Members’ Player of the Year awards and the Young Player of the Year to boot.

Of those 50 wickets, 31 came in the first five matches of the season, including two six-wicket hauls and two more five-fors.

Twenty-year-old Fisher, another seam bowling prospect, will remain at Headingley until at least December 2021.

Fisher was the youngest post war county cricketer when he debuted for Yorkshire aged 15 years and 212 days in June 2013, but the last couple of season have been frustrating.

He has had to bounce back from a series of hamstring injuries, but he shone during the final two Championship matches of 2017 with eight wickets against Warwickshire and Essex.

His 5-54 in the first innings against the Bears was a career best, while he hit 37 and 15 down the order with the bat.

The latter knock was crucial in helping recover from 96-7 in pursuit of 174.

It was a win which secured the county’s Division One status for 2018.

Leaning, also from York along with Fisher, is the most experienced of the quintet.

The batsman, 24, won the County Championship title in his first two full seasons of first-team cricket in 2014 and 2015, and he has posted four hundreds in 51 first-class matches to date.

Leaning’s development has been clearer in white ball cricket than red during the last couple of summers.

He has penned a deal through until December 2019.

That is the same situation with Leeds-born all-rounder Waite.

Yorkshire’s young player of the year in 2016 endured a mixed summer just gone.

Having impressed in the early season Royal London one-day Cup, the soon to be 22-year-old (his birthday is on Christmas Eve) also made his debut in the County Championship win over Somerset at Taunton in June, taking three wickets and scoring 22 runs.

Yorkshire won that match by three runs, another result crucial to their Championship survival.

Unfortunately, however, he suffered an impingement in his left ankle and did not play any cricket beyond mid-August.

Waite had to go under the knife earlier this winter, but he is now back in pre-season training with his team-mates ready to make his mark in 2018 and beyond.

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