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A former captain of York Cricket Club, Ian Dews became involved in cricket administration at county level when he was appointed as a cricket development officer for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in 1996.
Since 2000, he has worked heavily with Yorkshire’s much-envied Academy, starting off on a part-time basis and graduating through to becoming its director.
He is a fully qualified ECB level four coach, the highest a cricket coach can reach.
He has played a significant role in the development of some of Yorkshire’s most valued talent – Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Adil Rashid being the obvious examples – and is a hugely respected member of the county’s backroom staff.
Dews, who also played one List A fixture for the Yorkshire Cricket Board in 1999, has held other titles such as Academy director, director of cricket operations and director of cricket development at Emerald Headingley.
2014 proved to be a particularly memorable summer, with him playing his part in three title successes, the first-team’s County Championship success and the Academy’s Yorkshire Premier League and Cup double triumph.
There has been further Cup success for the Academy as well as the first-team Championship success in 2015. He was also instrumental in the second team’s one-day Trophy title win in 2017.
In a local newspaper column midway through 2017, fast bowler Matthew Fisher, who was about to complete his Yorkshire Academy career, said: “Dewsy and Dammsy (Richard Damms) are the perfect double act in charge of that set-up and deserve huge credit.
“In my younger career with the Academy, when I was just starting to break through into the seconds and then the firsts, Dewsy would always be the one to tell you that you were going up a level.
“Jason Gillespie or Paul Farbrace would pick you, but it would always be Dewsy who told you. Coming from him, that was always a great feeling.
“He has a quote that will always stick with me: ‘Come into my office.’ It’s as if you’re in trouble, but it’s always positive news. He knows a lot of the lads inside out, and I know a lot of the first-team lads still use him because he knows their games.”