Leeds to be home to cricket museum

A bat wielded by Sir Len Hutton, a blazer worn by Hedley Verity and balls hurled by 'Fiery' Fred Trueman.

They are all priceless pieces in the history of the most famous cricket club in the world, Yorkshire.

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And, for the first time they – along with hundreds of other items – are to go on display together.

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They will be key exhibits at the new Yorkshire Cricket Museum due to open at Headingley in the autumn.

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Work on the museum – which has been in the planning for years – is due to start in July, once the new pavilion is open.

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The new centre is being created in the ground's East Stand and has made possible through a 300,000 donation from Bingley-based publisher and avid cricket fan Keith Howard. Club spokesman James Buttler said: "The club has a vast amount of historical pieces which are currently, on the

whole, housed in boxes.

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"Now we will have the space to get them out of storage and display them permanently so people can enjoy them. It will be a must-see for all fans of the club."

The museum will house the vast collection of memorabilia amassed by the committee of the Yorkshire Cricket Archive.

Items among their haul include a newly-restored minute book which records Yorkshire's first-ever match against Surrey at The Oval on June 5 and 6, 1863.

The Archive also boasts bats signed by all-time greats such as Brian Close, Geoff Boycott, Dickie Bird and Aussie Don Bradman; books and programmes featuring the likes of WG Grace; photographs of Yorkshire teams throughout the decades; trophies and plates; the bat Hutton used for his maiden first century, balls thrown by Trueman and a blazer worn by local hero Hedley Verity.

Verity, a right arm spin bowler, died in captivity of wounds he sustained while on active service with The Green Howards during the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943.

In pride of place in the museum will be a bust of Lord Hawke who captained the team for 28 seasons from 1883, later becoming Yorkshire and also MCC president.

The museum will also have a small cinema in which classic moments from the club's history will be screened.

There will also be interactive and hands-on areas for younger visitors.

The museum – part of a new visitor centre – will be created in the space currently occupied by the club's accounts and marketing departments. Both offices are switching to the new pavilion once it opens in the summer.

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