Having made his first-team debut in 2012, ex-England under 19s batsman Jack Leaning is already a two-time county champion and award winner following a memorable couple of years in 2014 and 2015.
Leaning, a 21-year-old professional at Headingley, may have been born in Bristol, but he has developed his game in the York area before progressing through to a 40-over debut against Warwickshire at Scarborough in August, 2012.
In 2013, he also made his County Championship and Twenty20 debuts for the county before counting 2014 as his breakthrough year, which included a Championship title and a maiden First XI hundred in a Royal London one-day Cup match against Essex at Scarborough in August.
The son of former York City goalkeeper and Leeds United goalkeeping coach Andy, Jack was on the books at Sheffield United before concentrating on cricket.
He is the holder of the record score for a Yorkshire under 14, with an unbeaten 164 in 2008 beating pervious records set by John Sadler, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Gale.
Leaning, an eye-catching stroke maker, has toured Bangladesh with the England under 19s, and has even faced up to England Test bowlers Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett at a training camp in South Africa.
He readily admits that his biggest asset as a batsman is to score tough runs, otherwise described at times by some members of the Yorkshire hierarchy as ugly runs.
He plays his league cricket for reigning Yorkshire Premier League side York and is also developing his more than useful off-spinners.
2007 – Made an unbeaten century on debut for Yorkshire under 13s in a 40-over win against their Cumbrian counterparts at Sedbergh School.
2008 -. Broke the under 14s record for a high score during the summer with a score of 164 against Cheshire.
2009 – Took the step up to under 15s in his stride with four half-centuries, including 77 in the final of the 50-over cup competition in August as Yorkshire beat Lancashire. Became one of the York and District League’s youngest centurions for Heworth aged 16.
2010 – Hit 60 not out on debut for the Yorkshire Academy in a win over Hull and YPI in May, stepping up to under 17s cricket later in the summer and playing for the English Schools Cricket Association against the MCC in September.
2011 – Scored 781 Academy runs at an average of 41.11, helping him to earn a second XI debut against Warwickshire at Coventry in May, in which he scored 51 and 21. Also scored an eye-catching 150 not out in the final Championship match of the season against Worcestershire at New Road in August batting at number three.
2012 – Having been on an England under 19s training camp in South Africa, which ended up being a Team England camp where he faced the likes of Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett, he toured Bangladesh with the under 19s in January, although struggled to adapt. Bounced back to win the Yorkshire Academy Player of the Year gong. Made 11 on his 40-over debut against Warwickshire for the first-team in August.
2013 – Chosen as part of a seven-man Yorkshire playing party to go on a training camp to Sri Lanka in February where he took advice from Test legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene about batting. It stood him in good stead as he debuted in the Championship (against Surrey at Headingley) and in Twenty20 cricket during the summer. His best performances in first-team colours came against the Unicorns and Somerset in 40-over cricket in the space of three days in mid-August. He took 5-22 with his off-spin in the former and hit 60 in the latter. He warmed up for 2014 with a winter of grade cricket in Sydney, Australia, playing for Sutherland.
2014 – Jack’s spell in Sydney working with Phil Jaques, something he replicated ahead of 2015, worked wonders. He took advantage of some international absentees to play ten Championship matches and cement his place, scoring 465 runs with four fifties, including a best of 99 against Sussex at Arundel. His standout knock of the summer, however, came in 50-over cricket when he hit 111 not out off 99 balls in defeat against Essex. There is plenty more to come from the right-hander in years to come.
2015 – Leaning’s haul of 922 Championship runs from 15 matches included three hundreds and as many fifties, with his trio of tons coming in the first half of the campaign. He was also a limited overs regular, and was rewarded at the end of the campaign with the Yorkshire Young Player of the Year award and a similar honour from the Cricket Writers’ Club.