Yorkshire’s director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, was in attendance at Woodhouse Grange Cricket Club’s annual dinner on Friday.
The White Rose boss gave an entertaining insight into county and international cricket as he undertook a question and answer session with an intrigued audience, speaking of his own playing days as an opening bat for Yorkshire and England, and of his hopes and expectations for the current Yorkshire side.
Among his recollections as a player came the memories of the best bowlers he faced - Malcolm Marshall and Richard Hadlee - and the quickest delivery, from Curtley Ambrose.
As the county’s cricket director he spoke of the need to improve Yorkshire’s Twenty20 performances, and the aim to put together a side that specialises in the shortest form of the game.
He also named fast bowler Matthew Fisher from among the current crop of youngsters that he expects to go on to great things.
His advice to England was to solve their current top of the order problem by promoting Joe Root to open the innings and recall his county teammate, Gary Ballance, to bat at number three.
Grange also had on show the impressive array of trophies won by the club last season, and Moxon added immeasureably to the trophy table by bringing the County Championship cup with him from Headingley to join the collection for the night.
He proceeded to help Grange chairman John Stroughair make the presentations of a number of special club awards.
Dave and Helen Smith were jointly presented with the clubperson of the year trophy for their hard work behind the scenes over many years, while youngster Harry Matthews took the Alasdair Swann Scholarship award.
There was also a special memento for Steve Burdett, stepping down after 10 years as the club’s first team captain, a decade of remarkable success which saw him lead Woodhouse to 25 trophy wins, including six York Senior League championships, and three visits to Lords.