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A left-arm spin bowling all-rounder, Paul Grayson is one of a host of Yorkshire homegrown talent to have represented England’s senior side.
Now, in the midst of a successful coaching career, he is currently the White Rose’s senior batting coach.
A trophy-winning first-team coach at Essex, Grayson has also been head coach of the Yorkshire Diamonds women and head of cricket at Durham University.
In his playing career, Ripon-born Grayson scored over 12,000 runs across all forms and took exactly 350 wickets before moving into coaching.
He scored 16 first-class centuries. The first was for Yorkshire – exactly 100 – in a County Championship innings victory over Worcestershire at New Road in 1994. The next 15 were for Essex, including a best of 186 not out in a draw against Lancashire at Colchester in 2001.
Grayson made his first-class and List A debuts for Yorkshire in 1990 and 1991 respectively and spent the first six seasons of his career with his home county prior to moving on to Essex in search of greater opportunity.
In 1997, he was a member of the Essex side which won the NatWest Trophy final against Warwickshire at Lord’s.
His solitary career five-wicket haul came for Essex against Yorkshire at Scarborough in late 2001, the final game of the summer. By that time, the White Rose had already been crowned county champions.
In 2000 and 2001, he played two one-day internationals for England – against South Africa in Nairobi and Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, claiming three wickets.
Following retirement in 2004, he cut his coaching teeth and led Essex between 2007 and 2015. He oversaw a triumph in the Friends Provident Trophy in 2008, with Essex beating Kent in the Lord’s final.
The county were a strong force in white ball cricket during his time in charge, and he also aided the development of Sir Alastair Cook.
He joined Durham Uni in 2015 and guided them to success in the Universities Challenge Final in 2018 (they beat Loughborough at Lord’s).
In 2017 and 2018, Grayson combined his Durham role with that of head coach of the Yorkshire Diamonds women’s team in the Kia Super League before becoming Yorkshire men’s batting coach in 2019.
He is the brother of football manager Simon.