Ben Coad signed terms as a junior professional with the county ahead of the 2014 summer having played six 40-over matches in the Yorkshire first-team in 2013, taking three wickets.
He has impressed for the Yorkshire Academy and Second XI for three summers, and has been described as a bowler similar to Steve Patterson by former Twos coach Paul Farbrace.
“He’s your workhorse who will bowl you 25 overs a day without bowling any rubbish. He’s a good, solid day in day out performer. We’ve got very good hopes for him,” he explained.
Coad was educated at Thirsk School and Sixth Form College, where Karl Carver – two years younger – was also educated.
2011 – Took 6-31 for the Academy in a Yorkshire Premier League match against York in August.
2012 – Another six-wicket haul for the Academy came in the same competition against Appleby Frodingham in June, this time 6-16 from nine overs. Made his second-team debut in a Championship match against Worcestershire later that month.
2013 – Went on the senior pre-season tour to Barbados in March before taking advantage of the county’s decision to use the Yorkshire Bank 40 competition to blood young players. He played six matches, making his first-team debut against Gloucestershire at Headingley in early June. He took a wicket in three matches. Signed on with Yorkshire as a junior pro at the end of the summer.
2014 – Coad was awarded the first ever Kevin Armitage Scholarship, sponsored by the late Kevin Armitage and facilitied by the Yorkshire Pride Lottery, enabling him to travel overseas and improve his skills over the winter. He travelled to Australia to begin a 6 week programme at the Darren Lehmann Coaching Academy in January 2014. Played one List A match against Sri Lanka A at Headingley in July.
2015 – After making seven one-day appearances over the last two summers, the then 21-year-old made his Twenty20 debut against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road in mid-July, returning an encouraging 2-24 from three overs in defeat. A week later at Headingley, he played against the defending champions Birmingham and took another two wickets – this time 2-30 from four overs – in an impressive win. Approximately five weeks before, Coad took ten wickets in the match as Yorkshire Seconds beat Northants in a three-day Championship match by an innings.