Taylor backs Boycott over Lightcliffe star Lees: He’s got international class

Alex Lees in action for Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs, cricket at Lightcliffe
Alex Lees in action for Lightcliffe v Pudsey Congs, cricket at Lightcliffe

Yorkshire CCC president Geoffrey Boycott has tipped Halifax-born and Lightcliffe CC batsman Alex Lees as the county’s next England international.

And Chris Taylor, the new Lightcliffe skipper, says he has got what it takes.

With former Rastrick and now Hartshead Moor resident Tim Bresnan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root all in the England frame, Boycott earmarked Lees as a potential star of the future.

The left-handed batsman has played two first first-class and two List A matches for the White Rose first team since making his debut in 2010, including a Clyesdale Bank 40 match against Warwickshire at Sacrborough last August in which he opened and scored 23.

Taylor’s view on his recruit to Wakefield Road is that he is oozing potential.

“He is the best 19-year-old batsmen I have seen, has got the temperament, is dedicated and has got what it takes,” said Taylor. “I have been there myself so I should know.”

Taylor played for Yorkshire and Derbyshire before retiring to set up a cricket coaching company with Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale, based at Headingley

“We have retained Alex’s signature to play for Lightcliffe when he is free.”

In the the last JCT600 Bradford Cricket League Division One season for Lightcliffe Lees scored 700 runs for an average of 32.

“The wet conditions of the past season didn’t suit him,” added Taylor. “I opened the batting with him and I certainly saw he thinks the right way about the game and it is obvious the Yorkshire CCC coaching staff feel he is also a born leader.”