Yorkshire’s next crop of champions

Will Rhodes hits out during his century for the Yorkshire Acadamy against Doncaster
Will Rhodes hits out during his century for the Yorkshire Acadamy against Doncaster
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YORKSHIRE ACADEMY have been blessed with cricketing riches on their way to an unprecedented ECB Yorkshire League and cup double in a vintage 2014.

A number will be hoping to be knocking on the first-team door in the near-future and here are some of the stars of tomorrow keen to make an impact in 2015.

WILL RHODES: England U19 captain is highly-rated at Headingley and made his first-class debut in the Yorkshire Bank Pro 40 game against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay in May 2013. Nottingham-born, but schooled in Cottingham, the 19-year-old led England in the U19 Cricket World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

Karl carver: The left-arm spinner has been marked down as one to watch, with his progress such that he was handed his first-class debut by Yorkshire in their County Championship game against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in June. The 18-year-old Northallerton lad did not disappoint, recording respectable match figures of 3-65. Another who has made an impact at England U19 level and has a bright future ahead.

ELLIOT CALLIS: Born in Doncaster, 19-year-old Callis is rated as a talented top-order batsman and enjoyed a flourishing 2014. Appeared for Yorkshire in the clash against Sri Lanka A at Headingley in the summer and made a key contribution in the Yorkshire League Cup win over Barnsley.

JOSH SHAW: Wakefield-born Shaw, 18, is the son of former Yorkshire paceman Chris and has also appeared for England U19s with the quickie tipped to make an impact at first-team level in future years. Took a hat-trick in the cup final victory against Barnsley.

RYAN GIBSON: Middlesbrough has provided Yorkshire with talents such as Bill Athey, Chris Old, Paul Jarvis and Liam Plunkett over the years and productive young batsman Gibson, 18, is the next hoping to make his impact. One of the batting mainstays of the academy side in their excellent 2014 campaign.

barney gibson: Now 18, the Leeds-born wicket-keeper/batsman became the youngest player to play first-class cricket when he appeared for Yorkshire against Durham UCCE in April 2011, aged 15 years and 27 days. A talented cricketer with the gloves and bat. Started out at Pudsey Congs.