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Full name Adam Lyth
Born September 25, 1987, Whitby, Yorkshire
Current age 27 years 85 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast, Right-arm offbreak
Education Caedmon School; Whitby Community College
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Loughborough UCCE at Leeds, May 16-18, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Yorkshire v Somerset at Leeds, Sep 23-26, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Hampshire at Leeds, Sep 17, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Yorkshire v Durham at Leeds, Aug 28, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Durham v Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street, Jun 24, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire at Leeds, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|10, 0/8, 51||Yorkshire||v Somerset||Leeds||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|122||Yorkshire||v Notts||Nottingham||9 Sep 2014||FC|
|0/4, 251, 1/37||Yorkshire||v Lancashire||Manchester||31 Aug 2014||FC|
|0/7, 28||Yorkshire||v Durham||Leeds||28 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/27, 21||Yorkshire||v Hampshire||Southampton||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/9, 3, 0/3, 39*||Yorkshire||v Sussex||Scarborough||15 Aug 2014||FC|
|67*||Yorkshire||v Derbyshire||Scarborough||13 Aug 2014||LA|
|38||Yorkshire||v Essex||Scarborough||11 Aug 2014||LA|
|0/8, 13||Yorkshire||v Leics||Leicester||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|14||Yorkshire||v Worcs||Leeds||7 Aug 2014||LA|
Adam Lyth's stock rose markedly as the left-handed opener spearheaded Yorkshire's successful Championship challenge in 2014. His maturing batsmanship won a succession of Player of the Year awards and he ended the summer as a realistic contender for an England opening batting spot.
Lyth began life as an opening batsman in the modern mould - happy to attack the new ball with an array of shots - but it was his willingness to graft through more difficult periods that caused him to be held in higher regard as he scored 1,489 championship runs, including six centuries, at 67.68. His opening partnership with Alex Lees even brought heady comparisons with Herbert Sutcliffe and Len Hutton before WW2 and, if such talk was dangerous, especially as neither had played for England, it captured their growing stature.
When Lyth and Lees put on 375 for the second wicket against Northants at Wantage Road, it was the fourth highest partnership in Yorkshire's first-class history, behind the revered 555 of Holmes and Sutcliffe against Essex at Leyton in 1932, 554 put on by Brown and Tunnicliffe against Derbyshire at Chesterfield in 1898, and 378 also by Brown and Tunnicliffe against Sussex at Bramall Lane the previous year.
Andrew Gale, Yorkshire's captain, hailed Lyth as possessing more natural talent than Yorkshire's two England batsmen at the time: Joe Root and Gary Ballance.
It all revived memories of his exciting breakthrough season in 2010 as he jumped out of the starting blocks, scoring so heavily there were thoughts he could reach 1000 Championship runs before the end of May. He narrowly missed out but soon made his first Roses hundred, off 122 balls, as his standing continued to rise.
There was even talk of him receiving a shock call up for England's 2010-11 Ashes series but it was wide of the mark and while Lyth's career became characterised both by exhilarating strokeplay and careless dismissals it was the more dependable approach of his county colleague Joe Root whose international star rose.
Lyth has long been marked down as a player of genuine potential. He made his first-team debut for Yorkshire aged 19 in a Pro40 match against Hampshire 2006 and a first-class debut the next season. What should have been a solid follow-up season in 2009 was thrown into uncertainty as he was shifted up and down the order and in and out the side due to Michael Vaughan's campaign to win an England call-up before the Ashes. He only played four Championship games and averaged a lowly 31.42.
The winter's break and a new regime at Yorkshire, under Andrew Gale, clearly invigorated Lyth but the challenge of maintaining the standards he set in 2010 proved a difficult one. After his 1,509 first-class runs in 2010 he lost his place the following season.
He continued to find runs hard to come by in 2012, at least initially, advancing the belief that for all his exhilarating strokeplay, he suffered too many soft dismissals. But then, almost out of the blue, at Leicester in July, he not only completed his first first-class century for more than two years but turned it into his first double hundred, ending on 248 not out. It was the highest score by any Yorkshire batsman to carry his bat through an innings in the county's history. He was the only Yorkshire player to be picked for all 16 Championship matches in 2013, but for another season he continued to thrill and frustrate in equal measure.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2010