Ossett cricket ace Pyrah aims for quick return to Yorkshire fold

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OSSETT cricketer Rich Pyrah hopes to be back in Yorkshire action in six weeks after injury thwarted his start to the new season.

The 29-year-old suffered a broken hand in Yorkshire’s LV County Championship Division 2 opener against Kent, which ended in a draw at Headingley over the Easter weekend.

It was a bitter blow for the all-rounder, who was keen to help Jason Gillespie’s men to victory to kick-start their push for an immediate return to the top flight.

“I was just in the field and I put my arm down to stop the ball when it happened,” said Pyrah.

“Luckily it doesn’t need an operation. I’ll be out for six weeks and hopefully I’ll be able to return to light training next week.

“It’s frustrating because of all the hard work I put in over the winter.”

Despite his injury, the former Ossett High School pupil still went out to bat with a cast on his hand to help the Yorkshire cause.

He didn’t add any runs to their first innings total but head coach Gillespie said it helped to inspire his side to come back and secure a draw.

“I don’t know about that,” Pyrah commented.

“We needed 30 to avoid the follow-on and I hoped that I’d come out and see the man at the other end get us to those runs.

“I was happy to give it a go.”

A knock of 107 from Jonny Bairstow, in the first innings, and 76 from Joe Root, in the second innings, along with a little help from the weather, saw Yorkshire secure a draw.

Yorkshire host Essex in their next LV County Championship game next week.

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