Richard Michael Pyrah
- Date of birth: November 1, 1982, Dewsbury, Yorkshire
- Role: Bowling Coach
- Nickname: Rich
- County Cap: 22nd August 2010
- County Debut: 2001
- First Class: Glamorgan v Yorkshire at Colwyn Bay, Aug 24-27, 2004
For so long an incredibly valuable asset to Yorkshire in the coloured clothing, former all-rounder Rich Pyrah used 2011 to show he could be just that in County Championship cricket as well.
Pyrah, who moved into coaching immediately upon retirement at the end of 2015, debuted as a player in List A cricket for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in 2001.
He is now one of the most highly rated bowling coaches in English Cricket and has helped progress some of Yorkshire’s brightest talents.
He spent his first year in coaching in 2016 experiencing many aspects of that area, travelling to Australia to work with Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash and Victoria. He also coached the Yorkshire Diamonds women in the first year of the Kia Super League.
Pyrah is the proud owner of three first-class hundreds, including a stunning Roses ton at Emerald Headingley to nearly snatch victory from the jaws of defeat in 2011, and he also has one five-wicket haul under his belt in the longer format.
He holds two County Championship medals having played his part in 2014 and 2015 without being a regular.
Born in Dewsbury and schooled in Ossett, Pyrah was the first Yorkshire bowler to take five wickets in a T20 game – 5-16 against Durham at Scarborough in 2011.
Added to his quality with bat and ball, he was also a superb fielder.
Pyrah made his first-team debut in a 45-over match against Leicestershire at Grace Road in 2004.
He scored his first hundred against Lancashire in July 2011, a magnificent 117 to recover his side from 45-8 in the first innings of a Championship game at Headingley.
It came on the 30th anniversary of Sir Ian Botham’s famous 1981 Headingley Ashes heroics. Unfortunately, Yorkshire were unable to recover and secure victory.
Pyrah took the catch that won the Championship against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in September 2014, although he was only on the field as 12th man. James Taylor caught Pyrah (at backward point) bowled Ryan Sidebottom.
He retired from playing in 2015, his year as Yorkshire’s beneficiary.
Ahead of 2021, he spent the winter working as the England Young Lions bowling coach. He will lead Yorkshire in the Royal London one-day Cup, with head coach Andrew Gale working in the Hundred.