Yorkshire launch their 150th anniversary celebrations

YORKSHIRE have launched their 150th anniversary celebrations.

YORKSHIRE have launched their 150th anniversary celebrations.

The county held a dinner at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, 150 years to the day the club was formed in 1863.

The event, hosted by BBC Look North’s Harry Gration, saw some distinguished guests including club president and former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott, former England captain Michael Vaughan and current Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.

“History and tradition is what Yorkshire cricket is all about,” said Boycott.

“We have achieved so many great things over the years, success is part of our fabric and I hope in our anniversary year we can write our own little piece of history.

“As we look back on the magical moments that have made this club so successful over the years, it is also important that the current squad gain an understanding of our history and this event will give them a sense of education of what it means to play for Yorkshire.”

After gaining promotion to the top-flight of English cricket at the end of last season and reaching the T20 Champions League tournament for the first time, the Tykes are hoping that 2013 will be a season to remember.

“It is vitally important to be back amongst the elite of English cricket in our 150th year,” added executive chairman Colin Graves.

“It is a goal we set ourselves, when we got relegated in 2011, and after achieving promotion last season we are rightfully back in the first division.

“Under Martyn (Moxon) and Jason (Gillespie), we are building a squad that is capable of matching it against the best clubs in the country and I have every confidence in them and the players that 2013 could be a special year for the club both on and off the field.”

All-rounder Richard Pyrah is hoping for a trouble-free 2013.

The 30-year-old missed 12 Championship, eight Clydesdale Bank 40 and six Champions League matches last season after breaking his hand and a finger and then suffering an eye problem in 2012, but is on his way back to full fitness.

“It was extremely frustrating, especially seeing the lads doing well in the Twenty20 competition out in South Africa,” said Pyrah.

“But hopefully that is all behind me now and I can get my place back in the side for the start of the season.”

A trio of young Yorkshiremen will travel with England’s Under 19 squad on their tour of South Africa, which begins on January 23 and includes two four-day Tests and five one-day internationals.

They are 16-year-old Middlesbrough-born Ryan Gibson, who made his Yorkshire Second XI debut last season and scored a career-best 88 against the MCC Universities’ side at York, Wakefield-born all-rounder Joshua Shaw – son of former Yorkshire paceman Chris Shaw – who will be 17 on January 3, and Harrogate-born Jonathan Tattersall, 18 on December 15, a right-hand bat and leg-break bowler.

Their inclusion in the squad means that over 50 young Yorkshire players have now been part of England Under 19 squads at various times – including Michael Vaughan, Tim Bresnan and Joe Root.

 

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