County Stats (19/20 season)
Dom Leech is a tall new baller seamer who bowls with good pace, as former England Test opener Haseeb Hameed knows all too well.
Leech made his Yorkshire first-team debut in the shortened 2020 summer, playing two Bob Willis Trophy games and taking four wickets.
Now aged 21, his maiden appearance came in an away victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge that August, removing Hameed in both innings.
He then claimed two wickets in the home draw against Derbyshire at Headingley the following week.
Leech is a bowler from Middlesbrough who bears significant resemblance to South African great Dale Steyn in terms of his approach to the crease and his bowling action.
In late 2018, he was selected for England’s Young Lions winter programme, involving a training camp in India and then an Under 19s tour to Bangladesh.
He played two one-day internationals for England’s Under 19s, both against Bangladesh – one away in late January 2019 and another at home in the summer that followed.
Leech has played Under 14s, 15s and 17s cricket for Yorkshire as well as representing the county’s Academy and second teams.
He came through the Normanby Hall club, who play in the North Yorkshire and South Durham Premier League. He made his first-team debut for them aged 14 in the summer of 2015, the same year he first played for Yorkshire Under 14s.
Leech, 6ft 5inches tall, has also played for the English Schools Cricket Association North Under 15s side as well as the ECB Player Development Under 17s North XI.
Educated at Nunthorpe Academy in Middlesbrough and Queen Ethelburga’s School in York, Leech debuted for the Yorkshire Academy in 2017 and then for the second team the following summer.
He was handed a rookie deal at Headingley ahead of 2020, the contract which effectively bridges the gap between the Academy and professionals.
In 2021, he claimed seven wickets in a second-team Championship win over Essex at Billericay in early May, including a first-innings five-for.
It helped earn him a place in the first-team for the drawn Championship Roses clash at Headingley in mid-July.
It was a game which ended on a sour note given he dislocated his knee in a fielding accident on the boundary.
Thankfully, he returned to action approximately a month later with the seconds and will hope for more first-team opportunities in 2022.