Ben Coad has revealed how the frightening pace of Yorkshire’s new fast bowler Mat Pillans has forced him to take precautionary steps in the Emerald Headingley nets this winter.
Coad has been impressed with what he has seen from his fellow quick, a late summer recruit from Surrey last year on a long-term deal.
Pillans debuted in a Championship match at Notts in early September and is in the midst of his first full pre-season as a White Rose player.
“He’s frighteningly quick,” said Coad. “And I’ve already made a pact with him that he can’t bounce me in the nets!
“He’s still quite raw even though he’s in his late 20s age wise, but there’s a lot of talent there, and he will scare a few people when he bowls.”
Pretoria-born Pillans, 27-years-old, has played 41 first-class matches since debuting in his native South Africa in 2012, adding 12 List A and 34 Twenty20 appearances to his statistics. He has taken 180 wickets across all three formats.
“He hasn’t played much red ball cricket of late, with opportunities limited at Surrey. He has played a lot more of white ball stuff,” said Coad.
“Next season, I think he will be a very good bowler for us.
“In the 50 overs, he will take on Liam Plunkett’s role, bowling through the middle and trying to get wickets with that extra pace which can unsettle batsmen when there’s nothing happening in the pitch.
“I haven’t seen a great deal of him, but he has some great skills. Anyone who can bowl 90mph plus is going to be a massive player in your squad.”
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Diamonds all-rounder Alice Davidson-Richards is one of three Yorkshire cricketers to be handed England women central contracts.
Davidson-Richards, who plays her regular county cricket for Kent but wears the White Rose in the Kia Super League, has been awarded a rookie contract.
Earning renewed full contracts are experience Yorkshire stars Katherine Brunt and Lauren Winfield, who were both yesterday named in the squad for a forthcoming tour of India later this month.
The tour consists of three ODIs and as many T20Is between February 22 and March 9.
England then travel to Sri Lanka, the dates for which will be finalised shortly, but Brunt will miss that trip.
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Yorkshire are scheduled to face West Indies captain Jason Holder in this summer’s Royal London one-day Cup after the in form all-rounder signed a short-term overseas deal with Northamptonshire.
Holder is set to play two County Championship and six RL50 games for the Wantage Road side, with the deal still subject to Cricket WI approval.
Yorkshire travel to Wantage Road for a North Group clash on Wednesday May 1, the last of Holder’s appearances before linking up with his country in preparation for the World Cup at the end of the month.
New Sheffield Wednesday football boss Steve Bruce believes a brief time spent with the England cricket squad in Barbados recently can help his managerial style.
The former Manchester United captain started work with the Owls at the start of the month having been on a family holiday in the Caribbean, taking in the first Test defeat.
Bruce told the Yorkshire Post: “It is good to look at different sports.
“I met Paul Farbrace, the assistant coach.
“Of course they did not have the best of times, but I found it intriguing studying their preparation or how Joe Root dealt with leaving Stuart Broad out. It all interested me. You are never too old to learn.”