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— 8 October 2021

Harry Brook’s post season has certainly started with a bang!

  • The Yorkshire batter has claimed two Young Player of the Year awards and earned himself a maiden Big Bash contract with Hobart Hurricanes.

    Last week, the 22-year-old was honoured by the Professional Cricketers Association for his exploits in 2021, scoring 1,283 runs for Yorkshire and impressing in the Hundred with the Northern Superchargers.

    Earlier this week, the Burley-in-Wharfedale star followed that up with the Cricket Writers Club Young Player award.

    And then, to top it off, Brook’s overseas signing for the Hurricanes was announced late on Wednesday evening, and he will travel to Australia most likely next month.

    There was further Yorkshire recognition at the Cricket Writers Club annual dinner at the Oval on Tuesday, with Alex Jervis named the Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricketer of the Year for 2021.

    Jervis, an England international bowler, was honoured for his work in further developing opportunities and raising the awareness of disability cricket.

    His playing time has been limited recently following the impact of Coronavirus, but this summer he played a lead role in ensuring the Yorkshire hardball D40 team played their first fixtures for a number of years.

    He coached and organised players and also raised money to ensure they could compete in the National Championships.
    Jervis also learned sign language to help further integrate those with hearing impairments.

    As part of his award, Jervis will be sponsored by Woodstock bat manufacturers in 2022.

    “It’s something I still haven’t got my head around really,” he said on Tuesday. “It’s never been about me, it’s always about the team or how I can get people into playing cricket at any level.

    “Just giving back to the game that I’ve been so fortunate to be a part of for so long is my way of saying thank you.”

    It is Super League Grand Final weekend, and the head of the Northern Diamonds Academy, Courtney Winfield-Hill, is on course for silverware.

    On Sunday afternoon, Winfield-Hill, the joint captain of the Leeds Rhinos, will go in search of their second successive Super League success.

    The Rhinos won the competition in 2019 before it was cancelled last year because of Covid.

    After beating York City Knights 22-18 in the semi-final, in which scrum half Winfield-Hill scored a try and kicked three goals, they will face Saints at Emerald Headingley at 3pm.

    The game will be televised live on Sky Sports and follows the men’s version between Catalans and St Helens at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

    Queenslander Winfield-Hill, a former state cricketer back home, made her Rhinos debut in 2018 and has been head of the Diamonds Academy since its inception last summer.

    Sticking with the Diamonds, and left-arm spinner Linsey Smith has travelled to Australia to compete in the forthcoming women’s Big Bash competition, representing the Melbourne Stars.

  • Smith, recently named in the Professional Cricketers Association women’s Team of the Year for 2021 following 31 wickets across all formats, is midway through her 14-day quarantine period in Adelaide.

    She will link up with the Stars next week ahead of her first taste of Big Bash cricket, though not in time to play in their opening game against Sydney Sixers in Hobart next Thursday.

    The WBBL runs through to November 27 and features a number of English players, including Southern Vipers batter Maia Bouchier, who is also one of the Stars’ overseas players. It is being televised on BT Sport and through Cricket Australia’s website.

    Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan and David Willey have all flown out to the Middle East with England ahead of the forthcoming T20 World Cup, which starts for them on October 23 in Dubai.

    The Yorkshire trio will be joined in the squad by Adil Rashid, who remains on IPL duty with Punjab Kings, for whom he has only played once over the last few weeks.

    England’s training base is in Oman before moving across to Dubai ahead of their opener against the West Indies in a couple of Saturdays’ time.

    Their bid to add the T20 crown to their 2019 One-day World Cup triumph will see them tackle the West Indies, two yet to be confirmed qualifiers, Australia and South Africa in the group stages.

    The pre-tournament qualifiers take place from October 17 to 22 and includes Oman, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia.

    Good progress is being made on the relaying of the new outfield at Emerald Headingley.

    Work, at a cost of approximately £100,000, began immediately after the Yorkshire Premier League final between Castleford and Woodlands on September 18 and will be completed in good time for the 2022 summer to begin.

    It is something which is being done by head groundsman Andy Fogarty and his team in order to rectify the issues we have had with the Emerald Stand end of the ground, which has taken extra time to recover following rainy days.

    That was most recently highlighted during the July County Championship game against Lancashire when the second day was washed out by rain, day three was heavily affected and day four was abandoned despite no rain.

    NO BALL………..

    There have been a couple of early winter overseas signings confirmed by counties over the last week or so, with Australian batsman Marcus Harris moving from Leicestershire to Gloucestershire and Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi joining Middlesex.

    Left-handed Harris, who played against Yorkshire for the Foxes this summer, has signed on at Bristol for the next two years.

    Left-arm quick Afridi has signed for Middlesex for the first half of the 2022 summer and will play both Championship and T20 cricket for the Lord’s based side.