Thursday 16 October 2008 

Jonathan Bairstow Signs Yorkshire Contract

Jonathan Bairstow has signed his first professional contract with The Yorkshire County Cricket Club. The deal will keep him with the White Rose County until at least the end of the 2011 season. Bairstow joins Azeem Rafiq and Gary Ballance, who signed similar deals last week, as Junior Professionals in the 2009 Yorkshire CCC squad.

Jonathan, who turned 19 years old at the end of September, has enjoyed a successful 2008 season. He added to his Academy performances by scoring 308 runs in the 2nd XI Championship at an average of 61.60, which included a tremendous 139 not out against Worcestershire at Headingley Carnegie. He impressed enough to come very close to a 1st XI LV County Championship debut when he was included in the squad which travelled to Sussex for the final game of the season. In 2007 he became the inaugural winner of the Young Wisden Schools’ Cricketer of the Year after averaging 218 for St Peter's School in York.

The name Bairstow is well known to Yorkshire members and supporters who enjoyed watching Jonathan's father, David, play as wicket-keeper on the domestic and international stage during the 1970’s and 80’s. David's performances made him a firm favourite with the Yorkshire public and the similarities between Bairstow senior and junior have been the subject of much discussion across the county. If Jonathan can achieve anywhere close to the success of his father then the Yorkshire public have a lot to look forward to in the years to come.

Stewart Regan, Yorkshire's Chief Executive, said: "It is terrific news that Jonathan Bairstow has signed a professional contract with the Club for the next three years. It bodes well for the future that young players of the quality of Jonathan, Azeem Rafiq and Gary Ballance have committed their future to Yorkshire."

Jonathan Bairstow said, "It's every Yorkshire boy’s dream to play for this Club and to sign my first contract is very special. This is where the really hard work starts now, to move on in the professional ranks and do well enough to get into first team contention. I'm looking forward to the challenges ahead."

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