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Yorkshire hope to sign wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd
Yorkshire are hoping to tie up the permanent signing of Sussex wicketkeeper Andrew Hodd after an impressive couple of performances in the County Championship.
The White Rose hierarchy are also exploring the possibility of taking him to South Africa with them for October’s Champions League campaign, although they will need special dispensation from the tournament organisers.
Hodd, on loan at Headingley until the end of the season to cover for the absence of Jonny Bairstow, has impressed with both gloves and bat in home matches against Derbyshire and Gloucestershire.
Having fallen down the pecking order at Hove and not played a Championship match for almost 13 months, he enjoyed a memorable Yorkshire debut against Derbyshire at Headingley by scoring a half-century and taking five catches in the visiting side’s first innings.
He was then very tidy behind the stumps in last week’s win against Gloucestershire at Scarborough, and will be aiming to continue that form when Glamorgan visit Headingley, starting today.
Yorkshire are expected to have first-choice ’keeper Bairstow back for their trip to South Africa in October, but cannot be sure.
They have contacted the organisers to seek permission to take 28-year-old Hodd, although would be happy to include youngster Dan Hodgson in their squad if they do not get the green light for plan ‘A’.
“Things like registration for tournaments such as this can be quite complicated,” explained first-team coach Jason Gillespie, who made the signing on the recommendation of second XI coach Paul Farbrace.
“We’re hopeful that we’ll be able to secure his services for the future, so we’ll say ‘look, he’s been on loan with us, we’re looking to sign him to a permanent contract, he’s essentially a Yorkshire player. Is there any special consideration given?’ “We’ve got our bases covered if Jonny or Hoddy aren’t available because Dan Hodgson’s done extremely well for us.”
Fast bowler Steven Cheetham, on trial at Headingley, is an option to play against Glamorgan should Ryan Sidebottom, who missed last week’s win over Gloucestershire, suffer a last minute recurrence of his bad back.
Cheetham, aged 24, has impressed in the second team during the last month as he searches for a route back into county cricket following his release from Lancashire last winter.
If he makes his debut, he is thought to be the first ever player to have moved from Lancashire to Yorkshire, although a few have gone the other way in recent times, most notably Gary Keedy, David Byas and Ajmal Shahzad.
Meanwhile, batsmen Gary Ballance, Joe Root and Heworth ’s Jack Leaning were honoured at Sunday night’s 2012 Awards dinner at Headingley.
Ballance scooped the supporters’ and players’ Player of the Year gongs as well as the prize for the best fielder of the summer.
Root was named Young Player of the Year, while Leaning took the Academy’s Player of the Year prize.
Former England under-19s player Leaning made his first-team debut in last week’s 40-over defeat against Warwickshire at Scarborough.