Gerard Brophy has been awarded a benefit season in 2011 by The Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
The Club have made the gesture of awarding a benefit to Gerard after just five seasons at Headingley Carnegie, instead of the normal convention of ten years, to recognise an excellent career and to reward a hugely popular and very loyal cricketer. He has been a Yorkshire player since he joined the Club in 2006. He made his first-class debut in 1996 and has played English domestic cricket since he joined Northamptonshire in 2002.
The 34-year-old wicket-keeper was born in Welkom, Orange Free State, South Africa. He captained Orange Free State in 1998-99 and is also a former skipper of the South African Under-17 team. Gerard represented Ireland in 2000 – the Irish connection taken from his Northern Irish parents who are also the reason he holds a British passport and has never played English domestic cricket as a Kolpak.
Gerard has been a swift, nimble fingered gloveman and middle-order mainstay in both 4-day and one-day cricket. As a batsman he can be particularly destructive, displaying powerful clean hitting which was epitomised in his 14-ball fifty against Derbyshire in the 2006 Twenty20 Cup.
In his five seasons at Yorkshire Gerard has scored over four thousand runs in all competitions and snaffled over 250 victims from his position behind the stumps. He was awarded his county Cap in May 2008.
In all, Gerard has scored over 5,000 first-class runs and over 2,500 one-day runs throughout his career and been a party to over 450 dismissals with the gloves in all competitions.
Gerard is delighted to have been made a beneficiary of the Club in 2011: “It is a great honour to be awarded a benefit season. The players, coaches, staff and supporters have all made me so welcome since I joined the Club. To play for Yorkshire with its history and stature, to receive my county cap and now to get a benefit is beyond my wildest dreams. I am really looking forward to my benefit year and the events that will take place and would like to thank everyone for their continued support which really is appreciated.”
Stewart Regan, Chief Executive, said: “I am sure that Gerard’s benefit season will be really well supported. He has given a lot to the Yorkshire cause, is a tremendous players and extremely popular with members, supporters and his fellow professionals. I wish him every success in his benefit season.”