The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has awarded Harry Brook a full-time junior professional contract.

The 18-year-old batsman, who represented England U19s on their tour of India throughout January and February this year, came through the Yorkshire Schools age group teams before becoming a member of the Club’s famous Academy.

The Sedbergh School pupil won player of the tournament in the Super 4s at Loughborough in 2016. Super 4s is the U17 equivalent of the U15 Bunbury Festival where the North play three other regions.

Brook, who made his First-Class debut last June and landed the coveted Dickie Bird Foundation award in 2016, is highly regarded by the coaching staff and continues to impress for both the Second XI and Academy sides.

“He’s a very, very exciting prospect,” said Ian Dews, Director of Cricket Development. “He’s not shy of hitting the ball and has made some big scores. He has really benefited from his trip to India with the England U19s in the winter and seems to be going from strength to strength.

“Our hope is that we can keep hold of him. We haven’t seen as much of him as we’d have liked with school cricket, but when he has come back he’s made hundreds in the league and hundreds for the second team and that’s something that we need – batsmen that make hundreds.

“Harry is undoubtedly a very bright prospect, whether it be white ball or red ball he’ll be well at home.”

Richard Damms, Academy and Development Coach, added: “Harry is a highly driven, hugely skilful player and his success to date is attributable to his sheer hard work.

“Credit must also go to Sedbergh School cricket coach Martin Speight, who has put a lot of time and effort into Harry’s cricket whilst he’s been a pupil there.”

Brook, who is set to star in the 2nd XI Trophy Final at Headingley on Thursday night, joins Wakefield-born quick Jared Warner in Club’s junior professional ranks.

Source – ‘Yorkshire Country Cricket Club’ 

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