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Harry George Duke

Date of birth: 6th September 2001, Pinderfields, Wakefield
Role: Right-handed wicket-keeper batsman
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  • Wicketkeeper-batter Harry Duke made an impressive breakthrough into Yorkshire’s first team midway through 2021 and quickly entered the record books following a stunning one-day century – his standout performance in approximately three quarters of a season of cricket.

    Elevated to open the batting in the Royal London Cup, he hit 125 to anchor a pursuit of 328 in a late July victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

    Aged 19 years and 322 days, Duke became the youngest Yorkshire player to make a List A century since Sachin Tendulkar (19 years, 100 days) when he scored a Roses one-day century in 1992.

    Wakefield-born Duke, now 20, broke into Yorkshire’s first team in mid-May with a County Championship debut against Glamorgan at Cardiff.

    Busy both behind the stumps and with bat in hand, he went on to play nine Championship games, including two fifties, as many RL50 games with that century his best contribution and four Vitality Blast fixtures.

    It was an encouraging start to life in Yorkshire’s first team, and the former England Under 19s gloveman will be confident of building on that in 2022.

    Duke represented his country at the Under 19s World Cup in South Africa at the start of 2020 when England won the Plate final. That was a consolation prize having initially failed to qualify out of the group stage.

    He represented the Under 19s six times in all, both in South Africa and on a tournament warm-up tour of the West Indies just beforehand.

    Duke first represented Yorkshire at Under 14s level in the summer of 2015.

    He scored two centuries at Under 17s level in 2018 and 2019; 138 not out against Derbyshire and then 104 against Durham. He batted at six in the first game and opened the batting in the latter.

    He has played league cricket for the Academy, whom he joined in 2017, in the Yorkshire Premier League North and for Hunslet Nelson in the Bradford League.

    Duke first represented the Yorkshire second team in a T20 fixture against Derbyshire in 2018 and notes former England and Gloucestershire keeper Jack Russell as his cricketing hero.

    He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Wakefield.

    Duke spent parts of the 2020/21 winter training with the England Young Lions squad at Loughborough alongside Yorkshire team-mates Matthew Revis and Sam Wisniewski.