Full name Richard Michael Pyrah
Born November 1, 1982, Dewsbury, Yorkshire
Current age 34 years 269 days
Major teams Yorkshire, Yorkshire Cricket Board
Nickname RP, Pyro
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Ossett High School
|First-class debut||Glamorgan v Yorkshire at Colwyn Bay, Aug 24-27, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, Apr 19-22, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2001|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Gloucestershire at Leeds, Sep 6, 2015 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Yorkshire v Lancashire at Leeds, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Leeds, Jul 24, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1, 0/28||Yorkshire||v Gloucs||Leeds||6 Sep 2015||LA|
|-||Yorkshire||v Northants||Leeds||18 Aug 2015||LA|
|0/30, 0||Yorks 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Chester-le-Street||10 Aug 2015||Other OD|
|1, 0/29||Yorkshire||v Somerset||Scarborough||5 Aug 2015||LA|
|5, 0/21||Yorkshire||v Leics||Leeds||3 Aug 2015||LA|
|2/21||Yorkshire||v Warwickshire||Leeds||24 Jul 2015||T20|
|4, 2/30||Yorks 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||York||20 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|1, 0/20||Yorks 2nd XI||v Unicorns||Long Marston||15 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|4, 0/18||Yorks 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Pudsey||9 Jul 2015||Other OD|
|1/52, 3||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||3 Jul 2015||T20|
Rich Pyrah ended a 12-year career with Yorkshire when he retired at the end of the 2015 season. During that time he steadily built a reputation as a valuable squad member, rarely likely to claim the headlines, but a steady hand with bat and ball. Pyrah was held in great brespect by Yorkshire's coaching staff and he took up a full-time post on the club's coaching staff as he prepared to complete his coaching qualifications.
In first-class cricket, his top score of 134 not out came against Loughborough University in 2010, but his most memorable innings came against Lancashire at Headingley in July 2011 when he rescued Yorkshire from 45 for 8 in ntheir first innings with a brilliant 117, not quite enough to spare Yorkshire an eventual defeat. More happily, he wrote his name in Yorkshire folklore when he took the catch to win Yorkshire's first Championship in 13 years catching out James Taylor at Trent Bridge in September 2014.
Pyrah's medium pace - particularly adept in stemming a gathering run chase - and handy lower middle order batting won a Yorkshire cap in 2010 six years after his debut. That year his bowling claimed 20 wickets in the 40-over competition and an impressive 21 wickets at 19.42 in the T20 campaign as he often stifled the opposition in the middle part of an innings. He also contributed 304 first-class runs in seven matches. In 2011, he was Yorkshire's leading T20 wicket-taker with another 21 victims, including 5 for 16 against Durham at Scarborough, which stood as the best analysis for any Yorkshire bowler in the 20-over format. He gained a reputation as a thoughtful cricketer and excellent team man and his award of a benefit in 2015, his final season, was well received.
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