Tributes paid to Graham

Tributes have been paid to Ackworth’s former Yorkshire and England cricketer Graham Stevenson.

Mr Stevenson died on Tuesday, January 21, aged 58 following a long illness.

His funeral took place at St Cuthbert’s Church, Ackworth, on Friday.

The all-rounder played in 177 first class matches for Yorkshire between 1973 and 1986, taking 464 wickets, scoring 3,856 runs with two centuries and holding on to 73 catches.

He began playing the sport at the age of 13 when he joined Ackworth Cricket Club.

George Hepworth, who played with Mr Stevenson at Ackworth, said: “He was very well liked as a young man.

“He was very shy but he developed into a very witty young lad.”

He scored a century in the Pontefract League at the age of 14 before going on to play for Yorkshire and Northamptonshire.

He also played in two test matches for England and represented his country in four one-day internationals.

Mr Hepworth said: “Graham looked the part from a young age so I got in touch with Geoffrey Boycott about him.

“He said Graham had the most beautiful action he’d ever seen and the rest is history as they say.”

Mr Stevenson died in hospital three months after a stroke. He had previously also battled against cancer.

Mr Hepworth added: “He was very unlucky in that he had a series of injuries during his international career.

“But he played test match cricket for England and no-one can take that away from him.”