Jonny Tattersall’s tale is quite a remarkable one.
Not only is he a player who has been afforded a second bite of cherry with Yorkshire, he has also been turned into a wicketkeeper from not far off scratch.
Tattersall is now the county’s first choice keeper having ousted Andrew Hodd, who retired at the end of 2018, from the first team in all three formats.
And, as well as impressing behind the stumps, he contributed some valuable runs in the middle order, scoring five half-centuries, including two in Championship and List A cricket.
At the start of 2019, he scored his maiden and only first-team century against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities in a first-class victory at Weetwood, a fine 135 not out.
He went on to score exactly 1,000 runs across all formats during that summer as well as taking 52 catches and six stumpings.
His best score in the Championship was a brilliant 92 to help Yorkshire recover from early strife against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough in mid-August, with the White Rose ultimately claiming a comprehensive victory.
Sandwiched in between the Leeds/Bradford and Notts knock, he scored a superb 79 in a nail-biting Royal London one-day Cup tie against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in mid-April.
Tattersall, a former England Under 19s player, was released from Emerald Headingley in 2015 after making one first-team appearance two years earlier.
He then returned to White Rose ranks in 2017 having previously impressed in the second team.
Tattersall, a prolific run-scorer through junior and Academy ranks, struggled to back up successive second-team centuries midway through 2014 and left the club as a result.
But he impressed in club cricket for Harrogate in 2016, topping 1,300 runs, in grade cricket in Tasmania and for Lincolnshire in Minor Counties cricket, and forced the Yorkshire hierarchy to look at him once again.
He returned to Yorkshire on trial at the end of that summer and scored a three-day century against Nottinghamshire.
That secured him a short-term deal for the first half of 2017, which got extended for the entire summer – he scored a mighty impressive 1,318 runs from 31 appearances with two hundreds and three fifties, including a best of 117.
Such was the strength of Tattersall’s form, he even captained the side in five matches.
Tattersall had previously captained Yorkshire at Under 17s, Academy and Second XI level between 2012 and 2014 as well as England Under 19s in 2013.
He was their vice skipper at the following year’s World Cup in the UAE when he played alongside Will Rhodes and Matthew Fisher as they made the semi-finals.
Tattersall, also an impressive outfielder, put pen to paper on a deal for 2018 and significantly added to his previous solitary competitive first-team appearance in 2013 – a 40-over appearance against Glamorgan at Headingley when he posted a duck in a four-wicket defeat.
He also played a 50-over friendly against a strong South Africa A side in 2017, with rain meaning he did not bat.
Tattersall, who did a bit of keeping in his junior days, first pulled on the White Rose as an Under 13.
In 2018, he made his first-class and Championship debut in a pink ball draw at Hampshire and hit fifties against champions Surrey at Scarborough and Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. He also debuted in the T20 Blast against Durham in July and was an ever present throughout the campaign.
Tattersall helped York CC retain their Yorkshire Premier League North title that year and will hope to help them regain that crown (Sheriff Hutton Bridge are now champions) in 2020 when county commitments allow.