The Duke of Yorkshire

Wicketkeeper-batter Harry Duke made an impressive breakthrough into Yorkshire’s first team midway through 2021 and quickly entered the record books following a stunning one-day century at Leicestershire – his standout performance of a embryonic career.

Elevated to open the batting in the Royal London Cup, he hit 125 to anchor a pursuit of 328 in a late July victory at Grace Road. Aged 19 years and 322 days, Duke became the youngest Yorkshire player to make a List A century since Sachin Tendulkar (19 years, 100 days) when he scored a Roses one-day century in 1992.

Born in Wakefield, Duke – now 22 – had made his first-team bow in a Championship match at Glamorgan in May that season and held his place until midway through 2022.

A challenging start to his second season saw him drop back down to second-team cricket, where he captained them during their Championship title triumph and scored 546 runs in six matches, including a century.

Duke added another ton for the firsts when opening the batting alongside Will Fraine in the One-Day in August – 111 in victory over Northamptonshire at York. In 2024, he returned to that venue and scored a brilliant unbeaten 93 to seal a thrilling one-wicket win over Surrey in the same competition.

The former England Under 19s gloveman, who has worked with former England wicketkeeper Chris Read in addition to his work with Yorkshire’s coaches, is a busy, energetic cricketer – both behind the stumps and with bat in hand.

He first represented Yorkshire at Under 14s level and came through the Academy. He is currently studying a Business Management degree at Leeds University.

UPDATED: Feb 2024.

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