County Stats (19/20 season)
There are many similarities between fledgling all-rounders Jordan Thompson and Matthew Waite, albeit the latter is marginally ahead in terms of first-team experience.
Both men are dynamic all-rounders – bustling seamers who are valuable contributors in the lower/middle order against both red and white balls.
Waite has made 26 first-team appearances since debuting in 2014, though unfortunately his development has been stymied by injury – mainly ankle issues.
Aged 24, Leeds-born Waite was a Christmas Eve baby.
He was named Yorkshire’s young player of the year in 2016, but has endured ankle problems in each of the following three seasons, including having to have surgery which ruled him out of the second half of 2017.
He spent almost two months on the sidelines in 2018 before returning impressively to end the season strongly in the Specsavers 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 warmed up for 2019 with a winter in Sydney grade cricket with the Bankstown club, and his decision to go Down Under reaped immediate rewards upon his return as he impressed with the ball on pre-season tour in South Africa and then claimed a career best 5-16 in the first innings of the first-class University win over Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities at Weetwood to secure his place in the Championship team to begin the season at Nottinghamshire.
Unfortunately, the Leeds/Bradford and Notts games were two of only five first-team appearances across all formats in 2019, with none beyond May 1 largely due to injury biting again. His second-team season also finished in early August.
Ahead of 2020, he is closing in on 500 first-team runs and 50 wickets.
He signed junior professional terms with Yorkshire ahead of 2016, which proved to be an excellent, award-winning summer, and later extended his deal until the end of 2019 and then again until the end of 2020.
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 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.