David Byas

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David Byas
Personal information
Born (1963-08-26) 26 August 1963 (age 55)
Middledale, Kilham, East Riding of Yorkshire
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleOpening batsman
Domestic team information
First-class debut9 August 1986 Yorkshire v Glamorgan
Last First-class19 September 2002 Lancashire v Somerset
List A debut11 May 1985 Yorkshire v Leicestershire
Last List A15 September 2002 Lancashire v Middlesex
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 283 333
Runs scored 15,082 8,116
Batting average 35.07 28.67
100s/50s 29/83 5/46
Top score 213 116*
Balls bowled 1,118 848
Wickets 12 25
Bowling average 60.58 26.36
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 3/55 3/19
Catches/stumpings 366/– 139/–
Source: CricketArchive, 22 July 2009

David Byas (born 26 August 1963,[1] Middledale, Kilham, East Riding of Yorkshire, England) is an English first-class cricketer, who played for Yorkshire and latterly Lancashire, in a 17 year first-class career.

Byas grew up as a farmer in Yorkshire, having attended school at Scarborough College, he was a left-handed batsman who scored a Century, on the day his son (Ben) was born, and very occasionally bowled right-arm medium pace. He was appointed Yorkshire's captain at the start of the 1996 season, following the resignation of Martyn Moxon. In 2001, he led the county to their first County Championship title win for 33 years, sealing the championship with a catch taken at North Marine Road.

In 1995, Byas was on the verge of an England call-up, having been the first player to reach 1,000 runs in that season, only the return to fitness of Michael Atherton and Graeme Hick, prevented him from doing so. In total he scored 1,913 runs in the whole campaign.

His highest score of 213, was made at his home ground of North Marine Road, being one of only five players to achieve a double-hundred in the first-class game, at this stadium.

Byas started his career in 1978, as a second-team player at Scarborough. However, he ultimately helped the club to the latter two of their five ECB National Club Cricket Championship titles (1981 and 1982) at Lord's. In 1984, he set a record in the now former Yorkshire League, by scoring 1,349 runs for the season, a record which stood for 19 years.

Since retiring, Byas has been a manager and coach at Scarborough, in charge of cricket development at Pocklington School, a senior cricket advisor at Yorkshire, and runs his own cricket school, the 'Byas Academy'.


  1. ^ Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 365. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4.

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