OSSETT cricketer Rich Pyrah is hoping to return for Yorkshire in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Derbyshire Falcons at Headingley Carnegie on Sunday.
All-rounder Pyrah has been sidelined with a broken hand sustained in Yorkshire’s opening LV County Championship Division 2 match of the season against Kent last month.
But he’s on course to return a week earlier than scheduled and says he’s ready to feature this weekend after a frustrating spell in the stands.
“I’m ready to play and it’s down to Yorkshire to see if they’ll select me,” said Pyrah.
“I’m eager to get back out on the pitch. It’s been so frustrating having to watch the lads rather than play.
“I worked so hard over the winter and to get an injury in the very first match of the season was a blow.”
The former Ossett High School student prepared for a return to first-class cricket with an outing for Ossett in their Central Yorkshire League clash with Hopton Mills at the weekend.
He hit a superb 109 with the bat and took 3-12 with the ball to help his side to victory and could play again when Ossett host Buttershaw on Saturday.
“It was really good to get out there,” he said.
“I wasn’t going to do catching or put my hand through too much stress but it was important I got some match practice and a bonus that I did well.
“I might play for Ossett again this weekend but the main aim is to get back playing for Yorkshire and I hope I can do that on Sunday.”
Should Pyrah not feature in the CB40 match he’ll more than likely play for Yorkshire 2nds at Durham on Monday.
Yorkshire are joint top of Division 2 alongside Derbyshire going into their current clash with Hampshire.
But Pyrah says there’s more to come this season.
“We’re not playing as well as we can but that’s a sign of a good team that we’re still grinding out results,” he said.
Pyrah’s All Rounder Sport Management company is offering local cricket clubs the chance to benefit from a pre-Test Match dinner when England host South Africa at Headingley this summer.
England and Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan will join South Africa’s former White Rose batsman Jacques Rudolph as speakers at the Elland Road dinner on July 31.
Clubs can get a 20 per cent ticket discount, allowing them to sell them on to club members and keep the profits.
For more information or to book tickets call 0113 2033675 or e-mail email@example.com.
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