James Henry Wharton
- Date of birth: 1st February 2001
- Role: Right-handed batsman, right-arm off spin
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James Wharton is an opening batsman with an eye for a big score who first represented Yorkshire at Under 14s level in 2014 and has impressed in various age-groups through to the second team.
He scored a notable 162 in a friendly against Leicestershire seconds in 2018, his highest recorded score to date.
Huddersfield-born and aged 19, he was put onto a rookie contract at Emerald Headingley ahead of 2020, effectively the bridge between Academy and full professional.
Wharton has represented Yorkshire at under 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s, and debuted for the Academy in 2017 and the second team in 2018.
That aforementioned 162 came in only his second appearance for the White Rose seconds at Kibworth in September 2018.
He learnt his trade at Scholes Cricket Club in the Huddersfield League and has also had England North representative honours at Under 15s and Under 17s.
Educated at Holmfirth High School and Greenhead College in Huddersfield, Wharton has gone on to score 454 runs from nine appearances for the second team in 2018 and 2019 with one hundred and one fifty.
In three years of Academy cricket, he has scored 1,054 runs with seven fifties, including a best of 85 against Woodhouse Grange in June 2019.
He has captained the Academy side on 12 occasions during the last two years.
A particularly encouraging sign comes when you study his career statistics so far. He has posted three centuries – two for Yorkshire’s Under 17s and that one against Leicester seconds. And all of them having been big hundreds; 146, 152 and 162.
Fingers crossed, that trend continues when he moves up to first-team level, maybe in 2020.