Jonny Tattersall’s cricketing tale is quite a remarkable one.
Not only is he a player who has been afforded a second bite of cherry with Yorkshire, he has also been turned into a wicketkeeper from not far off scratch.
Jonny Bairstow aside, Tattersall is now the county’s first choice keeper having ousted Andrew Hodd, who retired at the end of 2018, from the first team in all three formats.
And, as well as impressing behind the stumps, he has contributed some valuable runs in the middle order over the last few seasons.
A busy batsman, he has scored half-centuries across all formats and scored his maiden first-class hundred – 135 not out – against the students of Leeds/Bradford MCC Universities in early 2019.
He went on to score exactly 1,000 runs across all formats during that summer as well as taking 52 catches and six stumpings.
He has gone close to recording his maiden County Championship century on a number of occasions, including a brilliant 92 to help Yorkshire recover from early strife against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough in mid-August 2019, with the White Rose ultimately claiming a comprehensive victory. Hopefully that maiden Championship ton will arrive in 2021.
Tattersall, a former England Under 19s player, was released from Emerald Headingley in 2015 after making one first-team appearance two years earlier.
He then returned to White Rose ranks in 2017 having previously impressed in the second team, with the coaches seeing something in him to think he could make a wicketkeeper. It was an inspired decision to go down that route.
Tattersall had previously captained Yorkshire at Under 17s, Academy and Second XI level between 2012 and 2014 as well as England Under 19s in 2013.
He was their vice skipper at the following year’s World Cup in the UAE when he played alongside Will Rhodes and Matthew Fisher as they made the semi-finals.
Tattersall, who did a bit of keeping in his junior days – his father was a wicketkeeper, first pulled on the White Rose as an Under 13.
He helped York CC retain their Yorkshire Premier League North title in 2018 and continues to play for them when county commitments allow.