History maker who bettered Trescothick

Fin Bean set quite the launchpad for what will hopefully be a sparkling career when, in 2022, he racked up a remarkable 441 in a Second XI Championship match, breaking the competition record for the highest ever individual score.

By starring in a draw against Nottinghamshire at the Lady Bay ground in late June, Bean, a left-handed opener, broke England legend to be Marcus Trescothick’s previous record of 322 for Somerset some 25 years earlier.

It went a long way to earning the York-born player a rookie contract at Headingley, something he very much made the most of with some more standout performances.

While Bean debuted in the first team at the end of 2022, playing in the County Championship and One-Day Cup, 2023 proved his breakthrough year, him scoring three four-day centuries in a superb Division Two haul of 983 runs.

The 21-year-old formed a formidable opening partnership with Adam Lyth and was named as the Yorkshire Members’ Player of the Year as a result. In January 2024, he travelled to India as part of an England Lions batting camp, indicating just how highly he is rated.

Harrogate-born Bean, who can also keep wicket, is a product of the Studley Royal club and has gone on to play YPL North cricket for York. In fact, at the start of 2022, his performances for the latter – whilst working as a mechanic – caught the eye of Yorkshire’s coaches.

This is actually Bean’s second bite at the county cricket cherry.

He first pulled on the white rose at Under 14s level, progressing through the age-groups and then representing England Under 19s in the summer of 2019.

But, having also played for the Academy and the county’s second team, he opted to move away from cricket and left Yorkshire at the end of the 2020 summer.

Thankfully, he decided to give pro cricket a second crack, something all connected with the club are delighted about. Midway through 2023, he signed a new two-year contract with Yorkshire.

UPDATED: Feb 2024.

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