YORKSHIRE all-rounder Rich Pyrah is hoping he can recapture his superb early-season form when he returns from a frustrating knee injury.
The 28-year-old, from Ossett, is currently sidelined after suffering a kneecap injury in Yorkshire’s CB40 victory over Kent Spitfires at the start of the month.
The injury blow put his impressive performances in Yorkshire’s opening games of the campaign on hold and came hot-on-the-heels of career best figures with the bat and ball.
Pyrah bagged a career best first-class 3-36, followed by 3-70 in the County Championship against Durham, where he also hit a Championship-best knock of 87.
It got better with the ball against Nottinghamshire with bowling figures of 5-58 and 8-131 in the match.
The Macmillan Man of the Month accolade followed for the White Rose county, something Pyrah had to collect on crutches.
But he’s on the mend and targeting a return for Yorkshire’s opening Twenty20 match of the year against Warwickshire Bears at Headingley on Friday, June 3.
“The start of the season had been going well,” he said.
“I had the chance to prove myself in four-dayers and it’s gone pretty well and I can take a lot of positives from my start.
“It was a dream start but it’s made it all that more frustrating to be out injured.”
Things could have been worse for Pyrah with fears of cruciate ligament damage.
“I actually got quite lucky because it could have kept me out for 6-8 months,” he said.
“My spikes dug into the ground and my foot went the wrong way. It was pretty painful but it’s good to get off the crutches now.”
Pyrah is also registered to play for Yorkshire League side Ossett and could make an appearance for his former club to aid his recovery.
He said: “I’ll need to play and prove myself before I’m back in first class cricket and that’ll probably happen with the 2nds. But I’m registered with Ossett so who knows, I could get a run out for them.”
Pyrah, and former Yorkshire cricketer John Sadler, are running cricket coaching courses at Ossett CC’s Dimple Wells ground next week.
The duo, who run First Class Cricket Coaching, will help budding cricketers improve their abilities with drills used by Yorkshire CCC.
A course for under-8s-U12s will run on Monday and Tuesday, costing £40 for both days, while a course for U13s-U16s will run on Wednesday-Friday, costing £60.
The cost to take part for one day is £25 and courses run from 10am-3pm each day.
To book your place visit www.firstclasscricketcoaching.co.uk or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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