BATSMAN Joe Sayers has been left out of the Yorkshire side to face Nottinghamshire in their County Championship top flight clash which begins today at Scarborough.
The table-topping Tykes have made two changes from the squad that drew with Somerset at Taunton with opener Sayers, who plays for Drakes Huddersfield League Premier Division outfit Hoylandswaine, is replaced by Alex Lees, while Ben Coad, who will join up with the second team at Leicestershire after his 12th man duties at Taunton, is replaced by Iain Wardlaw.
The 19-year-old Lees has been in excellent form in the second eleven and Academy this season and is handed his chance by Yorkshire first team coach Jason Gillespie who said: “It was a difficult decision to replace Joe Sayers with Alex Lees.
“Alex’s performances in the second team have demanded his selection and he deserves his chance.
“Joe hasn’t grasped his opportunity since returning to the first team and, with strong competition for places across all areas of the team, Alex’s consistent efforts with the bat warrant his selection.”
Yorkshire (12-man squad to face Nottinghamshire): Moin Ashraf, Gary Ballance, Andrew Gale, Andrew Hodd, Phil Jaques, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steve Patterson, Richie Pyrah, Adil Rashid, Ryan Sidebottom, Iain Wardlaw.