County Stats (19/20 season)
Yorkshire’s number two wicketkeeper, Halifax-born Ben Birkhead, is also very capable with the bat; dynamic and versatile.
Birkhead, 22, has been rewarded for a string of impressive Academy and second-team performances, with Andrew Gale and Martyn Moxon opting not to look elsewhere for a more senior gloveman to pressure Jonny Tattersall following Andrew Hodd’s retirement at the end of 2018.
He scored a second-team century against Somerset at Taunton in late August 2018 whilst opening the batting with New Zealand Test opener Jeet Raval, a short-term overseas signing for the county.
He has also batted down the order since debuting for the seconds in 2016. He debuted for the Academy the previous summer.
Birkhead has played league cricket for Rastrick in the Huddersfield League and has represented Yorkshire at Under 14s, 15s, 17s and 19s level.
He scored 1,099 runs and claim 58 dismissals behind the stumps in all cricket for the Academy and second team in 2018 and in 2019 made his List A debut for the first team in a Royal London one-day Cup match against Durham at Headingley in early May, taking one catch in the 34.2 overs of play possible.
He scored 588 runs and claimed 30 dismissals behind the stumps in all cricket in 2019, the majority of which came for the seconds.
He warmed up for the 2020 summer by playing grade cricket in Australia over the winter for the Kangaroo Flat club in Bendigo, Victoria.
He was then handed a debut in the Vitality Blast at the end of last summer, against Derbyshire at Emerald Headingley in the final match of the summer. He claimed a catch and didn’t bat in a victory.