LOCAL Cricketer Iain Wardlaw, 26, was bowled over when he was asked to join the Yorkshire.
Originally from Cleckheaton and now living in Hartshead with girlfriend Charlotte Hatfield, he went to Whitcliffe Mount High school and cut his cricketing teeth aged seven with at Hartshead Moor Cricket Club.
Aged 20 he moved to JCT600 Bradford League Division One Cleckheaton and has been there since.
Fast bowler Wardlaw was spotted and signed for Yorkshire County Cricket Club half way through the 2010 season and at the end of last year had a trial game at Worcestershire.
He got a text from Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale who asked him to go to a net session at Headingley.
“When I turned up it was the first team net session and I bowled well and they asked me to play.
“I was then invited to spend winter playing and training and did that along side working,” he said.
It was a good job that Wardlaw had such an understanding boss who also has a love for cricket!
“I worked for a design agency called Leading Edge Creative and the owner of the business happens to be my friend Matthew Evans and we played together at Hartshead Moor. Now, I am playing cricket full time and loving every minute of it.”
Yorkshire then wanted to see him in action in a few second team games and then offered him a contract.
He made his debut in a 20/20 match against Nottinghamshire and also played in the Championship game against Lancashire, playing the first innings before England all rounder Tim Bresnan took over.
“My father Billy is Scottish, he is a teacher from Rastrick High School, but because Scotland is not my main residency I am unable to also qualify to play for them. I still like to play with my friends when I can at Cleckheaton. I see them quite regularly.”