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Halifax-born Ben Birkhead is one of four wicketkeepers in Yorkshire’s squad, and is also very capable with the bat; dynamic and versatile.
Birkhead, 23, is yet to make his mark at first-team level, playing once in both the Vitality Blast and Royal London Cup in 2019 and 2020.
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 further 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 claimed 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 an RL50 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 2020, against Derbyshire at Headingley in the final match of the summer. He claimed a catch and didn’t bat in a victory.
In 2021, he scored a second-team century – 101 not out in a Championship win over Warwickshire at Westwood, batting at four and anchoring a successful pursuit of 214.
Warwickshire’s attack was led by Liam Norwell, who starred in their first-team Championship title success.
In all, he scored 701 runs in the second and added 38 dismissals for the seconds.