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— 29 November 2019

Dawid Malan will be undertaking his first commitments as a Yorkshire player next week when he drops into Emerald Headingley for some fitness testing and to meet some of his new team-mates and the county’s hierarchy.

Malan will sit down with Andrew Gale to “map out his winter”, says the coach.

The former Middlesex captain signed a four-year contract with the club earlier this month, just days before smashing a sensational T20 international century for England in New Zealand.

He then captained the Qalandars side in the T10 League in Abu Dhabi, which finished at the weekend.

“He’s going to be in with us next week for a couple of days to do all his screening and fitness testing. He’ll be looking for a house up here as well, I think,” said Gale.

“After Christmas he will be around a bit more depending upon his commitments – he’s been in the Pakistan Super League for the last couple of years.

“I need to sit down with him and map his winter out.

“But we said we’d get all his England stuff out the way in New Zealand before we did.”

  • Gale says Malan’s capture is a “signing of intent”.

    He added: “We’ve wanted that senior batter for a few years, and we haven’t managed to get one.

    “So to get Dawid on board probably at the pinnacle of his career – he’s playing well in T20 for England and scoring runs consistently – it’s a great scalp for us.”

    The aforementioned T10 League was captured by Adam Lyth and his Maratha Arabians side, who won the title on Sunday with a comprehensive win over Deccan Gladiators in the final.

    Lyth only scored two in the final as his side, including man of the tournament Chris Lynn, easily chased down a target of 88 in their 10 overs.

    But the Yorkshire opener returned a number of valuable contributions throughout the competition, including one fifty.

    He didn’t always open the batting alongside powerful Australian Lynn, often batting at three and then four in the final.

    In all, Lyth scored 191 runs in eight innings with five other scores between 20 and 30.

    The Qalandars finished fourth, with Malan and Tom Kohler-Cadmore in their side.

    Will Fraine’s spell of winter grade cricket in Sydney came to an abrupt end the weekend before last when he re-injured his left knee whilst fielding on debut for the Gordon club.

    Fraine’s injury was another dislocation to the same knee he injured in warm-ups during the County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton in September.

    The 23-year-old batsman was seeing a specialist on Wednesday to assess the extent of the damage, with one option surgery.

    Coach Andrew Gale said: “His kneecap sort of slips round, and it’s the fourth time he’s done it now.

    “I think (surgery) would be a bit of a clean up and a tighten up. I don’t know the full story yet, but I’d be surprised if he misses the start of the season.”

  • Yorkshire play Warwickshire at York's Clifton Park cricket Club.
  • York Cricket Club are aiming to put on a festival of cricket at their Clifton Park home in early August after being handed four ‘county fixtures’.

    The ECB’s release of the 2020 domestic schedule gave York two Yorkshire Royal London one-day Cup matches and two women’s Hundred fixtures between Tuesdays August 4 and 11.

    Yorkshire will face Northamptonshire and Surrey on August 4 and 6 before Lauren Winfield’s Northern Superchargers face Southern Braves on Sunday 9 and then Birmingham Phoenix two days later.

    Last summer, York successfully hosted the County Championship match between Yorkshire and Warwickshire and have regular hosted Yorkshire Diamonds women’s Kia Super League matches in recent years.

    York CC secretary Nick Kay told the Yorkshire Post: “We’re going to promote it as the first York Cricket Festival.

    “We’re going to do a souvenir programme, which will incorporate the four matches that we’ve been given, and that’s how we want to portray it going forward.

    “The Scarborough Festival started somewhere, and look where they are now. A century later, it’s one of the most prestigious cricket festivals in the world.

    “I’m not saying we could ever be able to compete with that, but why can’t we still be having a festival in many years’ time?”

  • Yorkshire women’s star Hollie Armitage, who was last week handed a late call-up to play in the women’s Big Bash for Sydney Sixers, faces a huge weekend of action.

    Batsman Armitage impressed for the Yorkshire Diamonds in the Super League last summer, catching the eye of Australian ace Alyssa Healy.

    When Sixers captain Ellyse Perry was struck down with a shoulder injury, Healy called the 22-year-old from Huddersfield, currently playing club cricket for the winter in Tasmania, to see if she fancied a spell as a replacement.

    In three matches so far, Armitage has scored 2, 11 and 24, and has two more group matches to go tomorrow and Sunday in Sydney, both against Adelaide Strikers, as they look to reach the semi-finals.

    The Sixers are currently in a three-way battle for fourth place in the table with Melbourne Renegades and cross-city rivals Sydney Thunder.

    The Sixers are currently fourth on 12 points, ahead of the Renegades on net run-rate, while the Thunder have 11 points, albeit the latter only having one game remaining.

    Armitage and co arguably have the tougher fixtures, playing second-placed Adelaide Strikers – Lauren Winfield’s side – twice.

    Ben Coad and Josh Poysden have been undertaking Movember this month, the task of growing a moustache for charity.

    The White Rose bowling pair are attempting to raise £250 to help raise awareness of issues surrounding mental health and suicide prevention.

    On their fundraising page, Poysden wrote: “Myself and Coady thought this is a great opportunity while having a bit of fun, to try and raise awareness of the serious issue of mental health and suicide prevention.

    “Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men.

    “Too many men are toughing it out, keeping their feelings to themselves and suffering in silence.

    “Movember is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25 percent by 2030, and we want to help them get there. Help us stop men dying too young.”

    To donate to their cause, visit:

    WIDE BALL!!!

    Former Yorkshire all-rounder Will Rhodes has been appointed Warwickshire’s new captain, replacing Jeetan Patel.

    Rhodes, 24, left Emerald Headingley in 2018 and will skipper the Bears in County Championship and one-day cricket, with an announcement on the T20 leadership to follow.

    New Zealander Patel has been captain for the last two years but has announced he will retire at the end of 2020.

    Dom Sibley will be Rhodes’ deputy.

    Rhodes, an ex-England under 19s captain, scored 770 Championship runs at the top of the order and took 15 wickets with his medium pacers in 2019.

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