David Byas      

Full name David Byas

Born August 26, 1963, Middledale, Kilham, Yorkshire

Current age 57 years 194 days

Major teams Lancashire, Yorkshire

Nickname Billy, Bingo

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Other Coach

Height 6 ft 4 in

Education Scarborough College

David Byas
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 283 474 44 15082 213 35.07 29 83 366 0
List A 332 320 37 8116 116* 28.67 5 46 139 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 283 1118 727 12 3/55 60.58 3.90 93.1 0 0
List A 332 848 659 25 3/19 3/19 26.36 4.66 33.9 0 0 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1986 - 2002
List A span 1985 - 2002

Straight-talking and uncompromising, David Byas was a professional farmer whose hobby just happened to be cricket. It was a mindset that allowed him to rise above the back-biting and in-fighting that characterised the Yorkshire dressing-room in the 1980s and `90s. After a decade's service as a robust opening batsman, he was appointed captain in 1996, and will forever be remembered as the captain who, in 2001, delivered Yorkshire their first County Championship title for 33 years. It ought to have been his crowning glory, but instead he was driven into an early retirement as the politicking of the Yorkshire committee eventually caught up with him. He was so incensed by his marginalisation that he did the unthinkable, and defected across the Pennines to join Lancashire for the 2002 season. He couldn't stay away from Yorkshire for long, however, and returned to Headingley in 2004 as their new head coach. The internal politics forced him out of a job in 2006, however, when Yorkshire lured Chris Adams to become their captain and director of cricket - only for Adams to perform a u-turn and turn down the opportunity. Byas left the club the following January, by mutual consent, ending a 20-year association.
Cricinfo staff January 2007

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Mar 24, 2004

David Byas

David Byas

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Aug 27, 2002

Lancashire v Somerset, 27-30 August 2002 at Blackpool

David Byas edges a Caddick delivery just in front of Keith Dutch at second slip

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May 6, 2002

Mark Chilton left, and David Byas leave the field victorious for Lancashire

Mark Chilton left, and David Byas leave the field victorious for Lancashire

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