NAME: Tom Kohler-Cadmore DOB: August 19, 1994, Chatham ROLE: Right-handed bat, Off-spinner NICKNAME: Pepsi DID YOU KNOW?: Tom’s father Mick is the dressing room attendant at Yorkshire, moving from the same job at Worcestershire
Tom Kohler-Cadmore received his county cap prior to the 2019 summer and ended the campaign as Yorkshire’s leading run-scorer across all competitions, totalling 1,729 runs with three centuries.
The England hopeful is a versatile batsman in that he can bat at the top or in the middle order against the red ball, while he opens regularly in limited overs cricket.
Prior to 2020, he signed a three-year contract extension, committing him to the county until at least the end of 2023.
“Tom’s one of the players we want to build our team around,” said director of cricket Martyn Moxon upon announcing the deal for a player who captained the White Rose in the 2019 Vitality Blast.
Kohler-Cadmore, an explosive limited overs batsman and a significantly improving red ball player – as his performances towards the end of 2018 and through 2019 showed, was born in Kent and educated in Worcestershire at Malvern College.
But his parents live in Hornsea near Hull, and he played for Yorkshire Under 15s before being offered a place on their Academy.
That Worcester did the same with the added incentive of an education at Malvern meant he left for pastures new.
Thankfully for the now 25-year-old, he has been able to return to his first county with the aim of winning trophies and furthering a career which he hopes will bring England honours.
In 2018, he certainly made a step in the right direction in terms of latter as he progressed through to England Lions cricket with both the white and red ball.
And his cap honour was apt reward for his performances and no doubt a hugely proud moment.
Having played age-group cricket for Yorkshire alongside current team-mates Ben Coad and Jack Leaning, Kohler-Cadmore moved to the Midlands and won the 2014 Young Wisden Schools Cricketer of the Year award in his final year at Malvern.
After a slow start to life in first-class cricket having debuted for Worcester that same year, his maiden ton came in the final game of the 2015 season against Middlesex. It was his first of nine hundreds to date, including a best of 176.
Kohler-Cadmore, whose name is inherited from his mother’s German origins, has really turned heads against white ball.
Nicknamed Pepsi, he scored the fastest hundred in English cricket in 2016 when he reached 100 off 43 balls in the opening night T20 Blast win over Durham at New Road, going on to post 127 off 54. It was Worcester’s highest ever individual score in that format.
In the early stages of 2017, Kohler-Cadmore, who is particularly strong down the ground, hit a century against Yorkshire in a Royal London one-day Cup win at New Road.
Given news of Yorkshire’s interest emerged immediately after that match, his 118 proved an extremely timely knock.
He signed a contract initially to begin in 2018, but his Worcester bosses allowed him to leave early.
In his second appearance for Yorkshire’s second XI, a three-day match against Derbyshire at York, he scored 230 opening the batting. Two weeks later, he made his first-team bow in a County Championship match against Somerset at Scarborough, scoring 31 and 13.
Kohler-Cadmore scored two fifties in 14 appearances across T20 and Championship cricket for Yorkshire in 2017; 75 in a T20 defeat at Leicestershire and 76 in a Championship draw against Surrey at the Oval.
Both came as an opening batsman.
However, in 2018, having secured a place in the Championship side during the second half of the campaign, he posted centuries in successive September matches against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge and Lancashire at Emerald Headingley – 106 and 105 not out.
He had not long before returned from Lions one-day duty for a tri-series against the A teams of India and the West Indies, with scores of 67 and 80 not out in five innings.
He was then selected for their winter series, including a one-off four-day Test, against Pakistan A in the UAE.
Kohler-Cadmore, who has played briefly in the UAE T10 League and at the Pakistan Super League, started 2018 with a bang in the Royal London one-day Cup, hitting 472 runs at 52.44 with three fifties and a hundred.
The ton? A career best 164 in a win over Durham at Emirates Riverside in mid-May.
When county commitments allow, he plays league cricket in the Bradford League for Cleckheaton, Andrew Gale’s home club.
Upon moving back to the White Rose county, he had initially played alongside his brother Ben at Driffield Town, while his father Mick is Yorkshire’s dressing room attendant.
There was a well-documented ECB disciplinary issue which Kohler-Cadmore had to deal with in 2019, though he did it impressively.
He started the season with a first-class century against Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Weetwood – a career best 176 – and then reached three figures in Championship fixtures against Somerset at home and Warwickshire away.
The latter, an unbeaten 165, came opening the batting in the final game of the season at Edgbaston.
He warmed up for 2020 with an England Lions tour of Australia in the early stages of the year.
He has been signed up by the Headingley based Northern Superchargers to play in the inaugural edition of the ECB’s Hundred competition.
Updated January 2020
BornAugust 19, 1994, Chatham, Kent
County DebutYorkshire v Somerset at Leeds, Apr 3-6, 2017
First ClassHampshire v Worcestershire at Southampton, Apr 6-9, 2014