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23 Sep

Jonathan Doidge Confirmed As Guest

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation are pleased to announce Jonathan Doidge will be a guest on our Sporting Heritage Reminiscence Event, taking place from 6pm on Wednesday 30th September.

Jonathan Doidge has been a self-confessed ‘sports nut’ since childhood and has worked as a sports broadcaster, writer and event host for the past 24 years. He has mainly covered rugby league, football, horse racing and cricket, and in recent years has been able to call upon his lifelong love of cricket as a frustrated amateur player by becoming the BBC’s Yorkshire CCC correspondent.

In his youth, Jonathan played for Pudsey St Lawrence and represented the Bradford League’s junior age group teams, touring Barbados with them in 1986 in a team that included subsequent Test and county players Michael Smith, David Leatherdale, Simon Kellett, along with brother Matthew.

Jonathan has been involved with several clubs in both the Bradford and Airedale & Wharefedale Leagues. He still turns out for his home village of Rawdon (“when they are desperate!”), the former home of the late, great Hedley Verity, and has continued involvement with Pudsey St Lawrence through his son’s own junior cricketing exploits.

Among Jonathan’s favourite days watching sport was sitting at Headingley with David Leatherdale in 1981, while Ian Botham and Graham Dilley peppered the boundary, and he says that there is nothing more that he would love as the BBC Yorkshire commentator than to ‘call’ his beloved county to a championship or T20 trophy win.

Between now and next season he will be recording more episodes of his podcast, “Sporting Lives with Jonathan Doidge”. There are already several episodes available for you to enjoy on Youtube and Podbean/iTunes.

Book your place on the reminiscence event here

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