County Stats (19/20 season)
Matthew Waite is an all-rounder with immense potential.
A career which has so far delivered flashes of encouragement has also been stalled by numerous injury issues, none more frustrating than in 2020.
Waite would have started that particular campaign in Yorkshire’s Bob Willis Trophy team, only to suffer a baffling injury around his right arm pit on the eve of the opening game away against Durham.
He tore a tendon off the bone, leaving physios perplexed enough to do a case study on his injury having never seen it before in a cricketer.
That Waite, who has also suffered persistent left ankle issues, was offered a new contract until the end of 2022 whilst on the sidelines shows how highly he is rated.
Only 27 appearances have come across all formats since he made his first-team debut in a one-day friendly against Sri Lanka A in mid-2014.
Aged 25, Waite, a Christmas Eve baby, was named Yorkshire’s Young Player of the Year in 2016.
Injury wrecked the majority of 2017 and 2018, though he did encourage whilst playing three of the last four County Championship matches in the latter year, including 2-16 in the first innings of a Roses clash at Emerald Headingley, a victory which all but kept Yorkshire in Division One.
Waite warmed up for 2019 with a winter in Sydney grade cricket with the Bankstown club, something which set him up ideally for a strong start to the summer.
He claimed a career best 5-16 in the first innings of the first-class win over Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Weetwood to secure his place in the Championship team to begin the season at Nottinghamshire. Unfortunately they were two of only five first-team appearances that summer as injury struck again.
A product of the Methley club, he signed junior pro terms with Yorkshire in 2016, the county he first represented at Under 13s level.
In 2016, he shone in the Vitality Blast quarter-final win over Glamorgan at Cardiff (19 not out and 1-6) and the Royal London-London one-day Cup defeat against Surrey at Headingley (3-48 and 38).
He captained the Yorkshire Academy to Yorkshire League Cup success in 2015, the same year he debuted in T20 cricket. His first-class debut came in 2017.