Bird and Parkinson honour county champions Yorkshire

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Michael Parkinson and Dickie Bird were the star attractions as Yorkshire County Cricket Club capped another memorable season at their awards gala on Thursday night.

Jonny Bairstow swept the board for the 2015 county champions, winning both the player and players’ player of the year accolades.

Dickie Bird and Michael Parkinson. Picture: SWPix

Dickie Bird and Michael Parkinson. Picture: SWPix

As a testament to his form this season, he was not present to collect the awards due to his participation on England’s tour to the United Arab Emirates.

“It is very special to receive these awards,” he said. “The way we have backed up from last year’s success has been incredible.

“To be recognised as the standout player by the Yorkshire members’ is a great honour. Whether we win, lose or draw and in all weathers, the support from the members is unstinting. It is a great privilege to be voted as your player of the year.

“And to be voted the players’ player of the year by my team-mates means a lot to me.”

Batsman Jack Leaning was named the club’s young player of the year. Special guests of the evening were Bird and Parkinson, long-time Yorkshire supporters who revelled in the county’s success.