Player of the Year 2012: Steven Patterson, who was voted Player of 2012 by Yorkshire County Cricket Supporters’ Association members, receives his award from Committee Member Carol Blackburn and Secretary Paul Chapman.
The presentation was made on the final day of the Championship match against Derbyshire - shortly before Yorkshire waltzed on to a great victory. Steven is holding an individual award, which he keeps, and the new shield for the Player of the Year, with his the first name on it.
DEBUTANT BAIRSTOW HONOURED
Chairwoman Charlotte Evers presented one of Yorkshire’s rising England stars, Jonathan Bairstow, with a painting of himself by Gordon Sharp on Monday, April 29, 2013, during Yorkshire’s triumphant LV County Championship match with Derbyshire, in which Jonathan struck 186.
YCCSA member Gordon, the father of former Yorkshire batsman and batting coach Kevin Sharp, is a highly proficient artist who likes to paint Yorkshire's players within a cricket setting.
Gordon’s previous works have included Matthew Hoggard and Gerard Brophy. On each occasion he has donated his art to the Supporters' Association.
McGRATH ON THE RECORD
Former Yorkshire batsman Anthony McGrath, who announced his retirement from First Class cricket during the winter, receives a framed record of his 34 First Class centuries for the county, along with details of his best bowling analyses, from Chairwoman Charlotte Evers at the 2013 pre-season lunch.
Anthony, who made his debut in 1995, went on to score 14,091 First Class runs for Yorkshire and take 128 wickets in addition to being one of their heaviest-scoring batsmen in one-day cricket.
Here was a loyal long-serving member of the playing staff retiring after 18 years of faithful service, and the feeling was that he would be much-missed.
STOTT'S DIAMOND YEAR
The Supporters marked the 60th anniversary of left-hand opener Bryan Stott’s County Championship debut at their meeting on Sunday, November 18, by presenting Bryan with a framed copy of the score-sheet of that match - against Middlesex at Bramall Lane, Sheffield, in June 1952.
Bryan said he remembered well his first scoring shot in Championship cricket - an edge to the boundary off fast bowler Alan Moss. The presentation was made by three members who saw Bryan in action: Michael Pulford, Bryan Leighton and David Watts.
CLOSE'S DIAMOND DOUBLE
Five members of Yorkshire County Cricket Supporters' Association who saw Brian Close play in 1952 – when he became the first in the country to complete the First Class “double” of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets – presented him with a framed document itemising all of his runs and wickets that year.
It was on August 15, 1952, that Yorkshire all-rounder Brian, aged 21, became the first player in the country to complete the double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets. On Wednesday, August 13, Yorkshire started a three-day Championship match against Hampshire at North Marine Road, Scarborough, and on that day Brian reached his 1,000 runs for the season.
On the third and last day, the 15th, Yorkshire won the match by the small margin of 17 runs - due in no small measure to the six wickets Brian captured. The Association acknowledged that anniversary by presenting Brian with a framed document itemising all his runs and wickets in that year - the presentation being made by five members who saw Brian play in 1952: John Harrison, Alan Kaye, John Briggs, Mike Andrews and Joan Fort.
Brian reached the milestone 10 days earlier than his nearest rival – Jack Walsh, of Leicestershire – and this in an era when First Class cricket was played on six of the seven days of the week. From Brian first doing the double - on September 2, 1949, and his getting there again on August 15, 1952, only one other First Class cricketer managed it: Ray Smith, of Essex.
SHARPE'S GOLDEN DAYS
It is 50 years since Philip Sharpe’s 71 First Class catches for Yorkshire in 1962 beat the record set by John Tunnicliffe in 1901.
June 2, 2012, may have heralded the weekend to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen’s Accession to the Throne, but Yorkshire County Cricket Supporters’ Association decided to mark Philip’s own special Golden Jubilee.
Left to right at the Supporters’ presentation of a framed statistical table to Philip at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground are Alan Kaye, Joan Fort, Philip, Eric Stephens (also Yorkshire County Cricket Club Members’ Committee) and John Briggs.
Eric said that so outstanding was Philip’s slip fielding that there was a danger of forgetting his batting. In fact, Philip had an excellent 1962 with 2,252 First Class runs and six centuries at an average of over 40 in all of his 64 First Class innings – and this in addition to his record-breaking 71 First Class catches.
Philip holds two records from his golden year of 1962:
Most catches by a Yorkshire player for the county in First Class matches - 70
Most catches by a Yorkshire player in all First Class matches - 71
* The additional catch was for the Players against the Gentlemen.
As Anthony Bradbury writes in the 2012 Yorkshire Yearbook it is a record that may last into eternity because of the reduced number of First Class matches being played.
Philip thanked the Supporters' Association for making the presentation. He said that Yorkshire had a strong fielding side in all departments in those days. He himself stood in the slips...but if Fred Trueman was at short-leg and the ball was played behind the wicket he knew who would have to chase it to the boundary.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2011
Yorkshire and England's Jonathan Bairstow received his award from Supporters' Committee member Veronica Denby, left, and Membership Secretary Joan Pickering during the county's early-season 2012 LV Championship match at Scarborough. Jonathan is holding the Shield which names the winners of the award over the last 24 years.
Jonathan, who began the year with England Lions in the West Indies, went on to play for them against Sri Lanka in this country during the summer, scoring an unbeaten century at Scarborough. Yorkshire's wicket-keeper/batsman scored 1,213 First Class runs in 2011 at 48.52 for his county and the Lions.
His maiden First Class century came in May against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, when he went on to make 205. He aggregated 216 against Somerset in the Championship match at Taunton with scores of 136 and 80, and he reached the century mark in the CB40 competition against Middlesex at Lord's. He was responsible for 46 Frst Class dismissals, all caught, primarily in the role of wicket-keeper for Yorkshire.
Jonathan made his One-Day International debut for England in the fifth and final match of their series against India in Cardiff - and produced a performance that earned him the Man of the Match award.
He was elected the Cricket Writers' Club Young Cricketer of the Year for 2011, Yorkshire Player of the Year 2011 and, for the third successive season, he was the winner of the county’s Young Player of the Year award.
EMERGING PLAYER 2011
It was a memorable day for Yorkshire Academy opening bowler Josh Shaw when he received the Sally Marshall Emerging Player of the Year Award for 2011 from Jennifer Ellison on behalf of Yorkshire County Cricket Supporters’ Association at Headingley Carnegie. Josh also received a cheque for £100.
Josh then struck the first blow for the Academy in their Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League clash with Barnsley – but a thrilling game was to end in a disappointing draw with four overs lost and the hosts so near and yet so far. The Academy enjoyed an early success when Shaw bowled Jonathan Trower with the score on eight.
Barnsley reached 215-8 in their 55 overs, but rain left the Academy only 51 overs: they needed 40 runs in the last four – and Matthew Fisher with 15 in nine balls and Shaw with nine in 11 batted valiantly, only to see their side finish six short of Barnsley’s total.
YOUNG PLAYER OF 2011
Academy captain Alex Lees became the YCCSA Young Player of the Year for 2011 - the first to receive the award twice since it was instituted in 1995.
The trophy and a cheque for £250 were presented to Alex by Yorkshire Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon, who said Alex had been the leading Second XI run-scorer, and he had made over 900 runs at an average of 60 for the Academy, which he captained. His approach to the game was one of determination and the desire to succeed.
Martyn said England Under-19s had inquired about Alex’s availability for the World Cup in January, but he had expressed a preference to attend all the Club’s preseason preparations. This was the measure of his maturity.
Alex responded by thanking the members. He said it had been a turbulent year, both on the field and for himself personally, but he added that with the Association’s consistent support Yorkshire would soon be back in Division 1.
BROPHY AT THE BRUNCH
The final brunch of the 2011 season on September 8 brought the best attendance ever – 50 brunchers including a number of Somerset Committee members sitting down to a welcome breakfast before the start of Day 2 in the LV County Championship match at Headingley Carnegie.
The occasion was marked by a presentation to Yorkshire beneficiary Gerard Brophy, which took the form of a painting by renowned Yorkshire cricket artist Gordon Sharp depicting Gerard in action with bat and wicket-keeping gloves. Gerard responded with a short speech in which he thanked the members for all their support during the year.
DIAMOND TRIBUTE TO PRESIDENT
The Supporters presented Yorkshire President Raymond Illingworth with a framed copy of the scorecard which recorded his Yorkshire debut on August 18, 1951, in the Championship match against Hampshire at what is now Headingley Carnegie.
It was to mark the 60th anniversary of the start of a significant epoch in Yorkshire cricket that the presentation was made by the Association during the tea interval on Day 1 of the game with Warwickshire at the same venue.
Yorkshire won Raymond’s debut match by 10 wickets, and although he did not get a bowl he was in excellent form with the bat - scoring 56 in his only innings.
Pictured at the ceremony, left to right, are Clifford Gregg, of the Supporters’ Committee, President Illingworth, Secretary Paul Chapman and Chairwoman Charlotte Evers.
(See also Gallery Picture close-up)
APPLEYARD'S DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY
2011 marks the diamond anniversary of Yorkshire Past President Bob Appleyard's feat of taking 200 First Class wickets in a season, and to mark the occasion the association presented Bob with a framed match-by-match breakdown of his bowling analyses in 1951. The presentation was made by four association members who witnessed his bowling that season: John Briggs, John Harrison, Pam Martin and Brian Senior.
ANNIVERSARY LAST ACT
Committee man Clifford Gregg made the presentations to winners of the 2011 Supporters’ awards at Yorkshire's 2012 Pre-season Lunch in the East Stand Long Room:
Gurman Randhawa (most wickets 2nd XI), Alex Lees (most runs 2nd XI) Jonathan Bairstow (most runs 1st XI and Ryan Sidebottom most wickets 1st XI). It was the last act of the Society's 30th anniversary celebrations.
(Photo: CHARLOTTE EVERS)
150th Year Celebration
2 Sep 2013
Abbeydale Sports Club, Sheffield