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Last of the 2011 Whine – Those who also served #3

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(c) Dave Morton

Azeem Rafiq

FL 20/20

8 games, 22 runs @ 22.00, 8 wickets @ 28.37

…and on loan at Derbyshire…


3 games, 52 runs @ 17.33, 8 wickets @ 36.62


5 games, 30 runs @ 30.00, 2 wickets @ 57.50

There’d been rumours during 2010 that Azeem Rafiq had asked for a chance to earn some first-team experience on loan, but it wasn’t until this summer that he got the opportunity to spend a month with Derbyshire.

It proved to be an example of how a loan period can kick start a player’s season. Sure, it wasn’t a huge success statistically but Azeem came back full of confidence – if it’s possible for Rafiq to be any more confident that is. The results were seen immediately with a man of the match performance in his first game back with us, the television Roses 2020 at Old Trafford. It was an impressive display, with 3-15 in front of a large and vocal crowd followed by a cameo with the bat that included two final over scoop shots (one disappearing over each shoulder) to win the game.

Good form continued throughout another ‘difficult’ Yorkshire 2020 campaign until his hamstring went during the home game against Notts, an injury that was to rule Azeem out for the rest of the season.

It was yet another frustrating injury for Yorkshire, yet another frustrating end to a season for Rafiq; a young player of ambition, one with a strong character, one who perhaps feels his career has been held back long enough. If Wainwright does indeed move on, there might well be more opportunity for Azeem to press for a regular place in the Yorkshire team next year.

(c) JCT600 Bradford League

Iain Wardlaw


1 game, 1 wicket @ 68.00


1 game, 1 run @ 1.00

FL 20/20

4 games, 2 wickets @ 32.50

The boy from nowhere. Well, not quite. Actually he’s the twenty-six year old league player from Cleckheaton (via some winter trials).

With Cleckheaton being Andy Gale’s club, his appearance on Yorkshire’s books will have set tongues wagging up and down the leagues – we do love a bit of intrigue and a suggestion of favouritism here in the broad acres. But it has to be said that he did as well as any of our seamers in the second eleven this year and on his first-class debut appeared quicker than the other fringe bowlers.

However, given the news of his contract with Yorkshire came out at roughly the time James Lee was released, given that club connection to the Yorkshire captain, and given there are a few bowlers who can look down the Bradford league averages at him this year, he may have some work to do to convince those looking on with a jealous eye.

(c) Dave Morton

Simon Guy


1 game, 15 runs @ 7.50, 1 catch


1 game, 2 catches & 1 stumping

With Gerard Brophy injured, Jonny Bairstow on England Lions duty and young Barney Gibson sitting his mock GCSE’s, Yorkshire found themselves in the position of having to call up former club man, Simon Guy, for the Rose’s match at Liverpool.

It says much for Guy’s loyalty that two years after being released he was willing to set aside work commitments to help Yorkshire out in their hour of need. It says even more about his general level of fitness that having done so, he didn’t look out of place behind the stumps.

Of course, Guy’s appearance also highlighted Yorkshire’s wicket-keeping situation. One where Gerard Brophy is coming towards the end of his career (a decision is imminent about a new contract), Bairstow on the verge of the England ODI side and other options untried, or in Barney Gibson’s case, underage.

(c) Dave Morton

Ben Sanderson


3 games, 2 runs @ 2.00, 1 wicket @ 80.00

FL 20/20

2 games, 5 wickets @ 9.60

Missing pre-season due to an appendectomy isn’t an ideal start to the summer; it isn’t the ideal start to anything really. So after taking a month to recover, and with numerous other seamers on the club’s books, Sanderson never had more than limited opportunities for first team action. They included 4/21 during the 2020 game at Derby, but when taken overall they weren’t enough to ensure a contract extension. Come the end of summer, he was following the same route as Charlie Roebuck the year before, by having a trail with Durham’s second team.

(c) Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Lee Hodgson


2 games, 0 runs @ 0.00, 2 wickets @ 26.50

After doing well on the pre-season tour of Barbados with both bat and ball, and having been talked up in the press by Martyn Moxon, it looked like Hodgson might get a few more chances this year to impress. Instead it’s been another season where he’s not quite put together the performances for the second eleven needed to force his way into first team reckoning.

Given the club’s stated desire to recruit experienced players during the winter it looks unlikely his contract will be renewed. A entirely logical move, but, as Hodgson remains one of the few members of our squad based outside the large West Riding catchment area, in one sense it’s an unfortunate one as well.

(c) Dave Morton

Alex Lees


1 game, 12 runs

A summer filled with 1064 runs @ 48.36 for the second eleven and 1194 @ 66.33 for the academy has established the tall left-hander from Halifax as the next of our young batsmen in line for promotion to the first team.

He may have some wait yet however, with half-a-dozen capped batsman and the now firmly established Joe Root and Gary Ballance already fighting it out for the first six places in our starting line-up. Add in the possibility of further recruitment during the winter, and it may be a season or two yet before the eighteen year-old Lees gets a run in the side.


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September 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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