A former captain of York Cricket Club, Dews became involved in cricket administration at county level when he was appointed as a Cricket Development Officer for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in 1996.
Since 2000, he has worked heavily with Yorkshire’s much-envied Academy, starting off on a part-time basis and graduating through to became its Director.
He is a fully qualified level four coach, the highest a cricket coach can reach.
He has played a significant role in the development of some of Yorkshire’s most valued talent – Joe Root being just one example – and is a hugely respected member of the county’s backroom staff.
1986-7 – Played for Kensington in Adelaide
1989 – Qualified ECB Coaching Award
1996 – Appointed as a Cricket Development Officer for the Yorkshire Cricket Board, covering North Yorkshire.
1999 – A left-handed batsman and an off-spinner, Dews played for the Yorkshire Cricket Board side, including a solitary List A appearance against their Gloucestershire counterparts in the first round of the NatWest Trophy in May.
2000 – Started work with Yorkshire’s Academy on a part-time basis.
2002 – Captained a Yorkshire Academy side featuring Andrew Gale, Joe Sayers and Steve Patterson in a Yorkshire Premier League clash with Sheffield United. He batted at number ten and didn’t bowl. It is not uncommon for an Academy coach to play and coach his players on the field.
2004 – Was appointed as the Yorkshire Academy’s Director.
2007 – Dews was appointed as the club’s Director of Cricket Operations.
2012 – As part of the club’s coaching reshuffle ahead of the 2012 summer, Dews was appointed as Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Development.
2014 – Proved to be a memorable summer for Dews, who played his part in three title successes, the first-team’s LV= County Championship success and the Academy’s Yorkshire Premier League and Cup double triumph.
2015 – A similarly successful year saw the first team retain the Championship and the Academy win the Yorkshire League Cup and Black Sheep Knockout Trophy double.