Monday 23 July 2007 

Yorkshire Say Farewell To Matthew Wood

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club has reluctantly decided to release opening batsman, Matthew Wood, who has not managed to get into the Championship side this season. Chief executive, Stewart Regan, paid tribute to Matthew’s outstanding service for the club, and said that it had been a difficult decision to take, but one which the player had accepted.

Yorkshire are now circulating other counties to inform them of Matthew’s availability and the hope is that he will be able to continue his first class career elsewhere. Stewart commented: “Matthew has given outstanding service to Yorkshire and has always been thoroughly professional in his approach to the game. We greatly appreciate his efforts for the club over the past decade and wish him every success in the future.”

Huddersfield-born, Matthew, 30, came up through the Yorkshire system and made his first team debut in 1997, going on to score 6,719 first class runs in 129 matches at a commendable average of 33.37. He plundered 16 centuries, 13 of them coming in the six seasons from 1998-2003, and he converted three of them into double centuries with strokeplay of the highest quality, making a career-best 207 against Somerset at Taunton in 2004 and also striking an unbeaten 200 off Warwickshire’s attack at Headingley Carnegie in 1998 and 202 not out against Bangladesh A at the same venue in 2005.

In 1998, his first full season, Matthew hit 1,080 first class runs and he went on to reach four figures on three further occasions, his best being in 2003 with 1,432 but his 1,060 in 2001 played a major part in Yorkshire clinching the Championship title for the first time in 33 years. Matthew could also destroy any attack in limited overs cricket and in 143 one-day matches for Yorkshire’s first team he rapped out 3,209 runs with five centuries and 14 half-centuries. His most memorable innings came against Devon at Exmouth in a Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy match in 2004 when he lashed 160 off 124 balls with 26 boundaries to register Yorkshire’s highest individual score in the competition.

All Yorkshire fans will readily recall Matthew’s wonderful strokeplay, particularly his splendid cover drives, and will join the Club in wishing him every success throughout the remainder of his career.

© Yorkshire CCC