Bairstow name back on cricketing scorecards

PUBLISHED: 23:51 18 January 2010 | UPDATED: 20:07 28 April 2016

Jonathan Bairstow

Jonathan Bairstow

Young cricketer, Jonathan Bairstow, follows in the footsteps of his famous father. Chris Irvine talks to him

The shock of red hair is the obvious giveaway. So, too, is the natural talent. Jonathan Bairstow, like his late father David, the former Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper, is a cricketer of rare ability, one who is making a name for himself early.

At the start of the season, 18-year-old Jonathan was named the inaugural Young Wisden Schools' Cricketer of the Year. The pupil from St Peter's School, York, who is taking his A levels this summer, struck three centuries and 645 runs in eight innings, at a remarkable average of 218 for the school last year.

He has already played for Yorkshire's second XI, the county's academy side and represented England under- 17s. 'It was a great season for me and the team, made easier by the people around the school - in and away from the team,' says Jonathan.

An all rounder, he bowls as well as he bats and, not surprisingly, he keeps wicket also. 'I'm aiming to keep more this season. It keeps you in the game all the time and I love being involved.'

His all round skills are not exclusively reserved for cricket. He is a skilled hockey player and captained the school team over the winter. He has played rugby union for Yorkshire Schools and football for Leeds United under-15s, mirroring his father who played for Bradford City before settling on a life in cricket.

David made his Yorkshire debut in 1970 while in the middle of his A levels and the Bairstow name back on scorecards has received plenty of nods of approval from the Yorkshire faithful.

'There have been passing comments from the crowd when I've played at places like Scarborough, which was one of his favourite grounds. There is obviously a big legacy that he has left behind. I am aware of it and it's a very good thing I think and something I can strive to achieve.'

Jonathan was presented with his award in April at the Wisden 2008 launch dinner in London. 'Schools cricket has been covered in the almanack since the first edition in 1864,' according to Scyld Berry, Editor of Wisden 2008, 'so it's only appropriate to recognise the best schools cricketer of the year with a similar award - and in Jonathan Bairstow we feel we have a first winner who will achieve much more in the game.'

David Bairstow played for Yorkshire throughout his career, captained the club from 1984 to 1986 and played for England in four Test matches and 20 one day internationals. A never-say-die spirit epitomised a prolific playing career. In 459 first-class matches he scored 13,961 runs at an average of 26.44 with a highest score of 145. He made 961 catches and 137 stumpings; in 429 one day matches, he scored a further 5,439 runs.

Ten years after David's death at the age of 46, Jonathan, who has played club cricket for both Dunnington where he lives and York, and whose mum Janet works behind the scenes for Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie, is doing his Dad's memory proud.

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