Cricket: Ryan Sidebottom signs one-year contract extension at Yorkshire

Ryan Sidebottom
Ryan Sidebottom

Swing bowler Ryan Sidebottom has signed a one-year contract extension with Yorkshire CCC, which will keep him at Headingley until at least December 2016.

Sidebottom, who lives in Wetherby, played a starring role with the ball in last season’s County Championship success.

Next month in Abu Dhabi, when champions Yorkshire take on the MCC in the season curtain raiser, the Huddersfield born left-armer will start his 18th season in First-class cricket.

“I am absolutely delighted to be signing a new deal,” said Sidebottom, who is in his second spell with Yorkshire.

“It’s been a great couple of years for the Club, with us winning the Championship and continuing to improve.

“I think it shows where the club is going and I still love playing, the passion is still there.

“I enjoy coming in and playing with a great bunch of lads.

“We can do great things if we keep continuing in the same vain.

“It’s about working hard for each other and to build on that team spirit and camaraderie and togetherness.

“This is a special Club, for me, the best around.”

Sidebottom has played over 200 First-class games throughout his career taking 663 wickets at an average of just over 24.

He has set a target of reaching a 20th year as a professional and hopes to reach 700 First-class career wickets in 2015.

That ambition and objective is one of the many reasons why the 37-year-old continues to be amongst the best exponents of swing bowling on the county circuit.

“To get to 700 wickets would be brilliant,” he said.

“I am aware of that milestone and I would like to go beyond that figure. That is the challenge I’ve set myself.

“I just want to remain focussed on the cricket, the younger guys keep me going, keep me fit and motivated. I’d really love to play 20 years if I can. To do that as a pro would be an amazing achievement.”

Sidebottom, who is also working with under privileged children in the area through his Cricket Foundation, is the fourth player in the last month to commit to the Club following the contract agreements with Alex Lees, Adam Lyth and Steve Patterson.