NAME: Matthew James Waite DOB: December 24, 1995, Leeds ROLE: All-rounder (Right-arm seamer, Right-handed bat) NICKNAME: Pingu DID YOU KNOW?: Nicknamed Pingu by his Yorkshire team-mates because they believe he walks like the cartoon penguin.
Matthew Waite is an all action all-rounder whose talent has been shown only sporadically in first-team colours largely due to injury.
Waite, Leeds-born, will be 24 by the time 2019 starts – his birthday is Christmas Eve. He had ankle surgery after missing the second half of 2017 and again spent near to two months on the sidelines in the early stages of 2018.
However, Yorkshire’s Young Player of the Year in 2016 returned impressively and ended the season strongly in the County Championship team, playing three out of the last four matches and returning some useful contributions with bat and ball.
He hit 42 and claimed three wickets in the first innings of a high-scoring draw against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge and claimed a miserly 2-16 in the first innings of the following round win over Lancashire at Emerald Headingley, a victory which all but kept Yorkshire in Division One.
Waite was warming up for 2019 with a winter spell in Sydney Grade cricket with Bankstown.
He signed junior professional terms with Yorkshire ahead of 2016, which proved to be an excellent, award-winning summer for the all-rounder, and later extended his deal until the end of 2019.
Waite had already debuted in List A and Twenty20 cricket for Yorkshire in 2014 and 2015.
He played age-group cricket for the White Rose from Under 13s to Under 17s, starting in 2009, and made his debut for the Academy against Derbyshire in 2013.
Waite captained the Yorkshire Academy to Yorkshire League Cup success in 2015, taking four wickets and hitting 41 not out in a win over York.
The following year, whilst again captaining the Academy, he scored 818 runs and took 16 wickets from 30 matches across all forms of second XI cricket.
He also made two appearances for the first team in August; the T20 Blast quarter-final win over Glamorgan at Cardiff and the Royal London one-day Cup semi-final defeat against Surrey at Emerald Headingley.
Waite impressed greatly in those two matches, hitting 19 not out and taking 1-6 from two overs in the former and then taking 3-48 from 10 overs and hitting 38 in the latter.
He won the club’s Young Player of the Year award as a result.
Waite had debuted in List A cricket against Sri Lanka A at Headingley in July 2014 before first appearing in Twenty20 almost a year later against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road.
Waite made his Championship debut in June 2017 in a nail-biting three-run win over Somerset at Taunton, in which he took three wickets, having scored his maiden first-team fifty in a 50-over match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston earlier in the campaign.
He also played his part in the second team’s one-day Trophy success, but that aforementioned ankle injury disrupted the second half of his summer.
Waite now plays his league cricket for Methley in the Bradford League Premier Division.
NameMatthew James Waite
BornDecember 24, 1995, Leeds, Yorkshire
County DebutYorkshire v Sri Lanka A at Leeds, Jul 31, 2014
First ClassSomerset v Yorkshire at Taunton, Jun 9-12, 2017