The fantastic achievements of Yorkshire CCC in 2015, has been celebrated this month at a special civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Chapman.
Players and management from the club were in attendance to meet and be congratulated on their success by the Lord Mayor at Leeds Civic Hall and other invited guests including the leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake and legendary former umpire and Yorkshire CCC president, Dickie Bird.
Present at the event was captain Andrew Gale, who led his side to the LV= County Championship title for a second year running, and captain of Yorkshire Women, Lauren Winfield. In a memorable victory, the Yorkshire Women claimed the Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup, and representatives of the team were also present on the day with Lauren to display their own silverware along with members of the under 13 and under 15 women teams.
The achievements of the men, whose points total of 286 and 11 wins both set new records for the County Championship since it was divided into two divisions, was also recognised in the 2015 individual awards. Jack Leaning was voted the Cricket Writers’ Club Young Player of the Year for 2015 and Jonny Bairstow topped the poll for the club’s County Championship Cricketer of the Year award.
It was not just in the seniors that Yorkshire CCC led the way during 2015, as the academy reclaimed the Yorkshire League Cup, along with a number of junior sides who also tasted success in what will go down as one of the greatest seasons at all levels in the club’s illustrious history.
As part of the afternoon, speeches were made by the Lord Mayor and Yorkshire CCC director of cricket, Martyn Moxon.
The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Chapman said:
“The achievements of Yorkshire CCC in 2015 have been absolutely sensational, and it was a real honour to welcome both the players and management of the club to the civic hall to celebrate their success and show our appreciation as a city.
“To win one County Championship is hard enough but for the men to win two in a row is simply amazing. Coupled with the Yorkshire Women also winning the Royal London Women’s One-Day Cup and many other successes throughout the club, Yorkshire CCC continues to be a tremendous example especially to our young people, of what can be achieved through sheer hard work, dedication and skill.”