YORKSHIRE all-rounder Rich Pyrah has seen his impressive start to the new cricket campaign come to a halt after sustaining a knee injury in Sunday’s CB40 victory at Kent Spitfires.
The 27-year-old, from Ossett, has enjoyed career-best figures with the bat and ball so far this season and was rewarded on Wednesday by collecting the Macmillan Man of the Month award for the White Rose county.
The former Ossett Cricket Club player has taken full advantage of Tim Bresnan sitting out the opening fixtures of the season by bagging 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.
He was forced to collect his accolade on crutches whilst watching his teammates take on Hampshire in the LV County Championship at Headingley Carnegie on Wednesday.
Pyrah’s injury is expected to keep him sidelined for the rest of May, missing County Championship matches at Lancashire, Somerset and Sussex, along with CB40 matches against Kent and Worcestershire Royals.
He could return for the opening Friends Provident Twenty20 match of the season on Friday, June 3 when Yorkshire host Warwickshire Bears but could be eased back into action with a second XI outing, or even a run-out for CMS Yorkshire League side Ossett, who he’s registered to play for this season.
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