A Yorkshire legend who continues to shine
Midway through the forthcoming summer, two-time County Championship winner Adam Lyth is likely to play his 200th first-class game for Yorkshire. He heads into 2023 with six appearances to chalk off to reach that landmark. What a ride it has been so far.
In terms of overall career first-class appearances, opening batter Lyth has already topped 200, owing much to seven Test Match appearances for England in the summer of 2015. That short burst at the highest level saw him score his only Test century against New Zealand at Headingley and then win the Ashes.
Lyth has sailed beyond 12,000 career runs in all first-class cricket, but his success has not just been against the red ball. The Whitby-born left-hander is also Yorkshire’s leading run-scorer in the Vitality Blast, with his current haul of 3,684 leaving him way ahead of second-placed Andrew Gale (2,260).
In 2017, he lit up Headingley with a sparkling, record-breaking 161 off 73 balls in a Blast win over Northamptonshire. It remains the highest ever score in English Cricket and was the third highest T20 score in the world at the time.
A product of Scarborough CC, he was awarded with a Yorkshire testimonial year in 2021 and has captained the county sporadically across the various formats.
His brother Ashley played non-league football for Scarborough, while Adam had junior trials with Manchester City. Adam is.a regular on the overseas franchise circuit.