DAVID LEATHERDALE

Yorkshire-born David Leatherdale was a stalwart for Worcestershire for 17 seasons (from 1987 to 2005). As a right-handed batsman he scored over 10,000 first-class runs at an average of 32.73 and took 132 first-class wickets with his useful medium-pace. His all-round contribution – he was also an excellent fielder – helped Worcestershire to win two County Championships in the late ‘80s. He also scored over 5000 one-day runs and took 183 one-day wickets. Worcestershire won four one-day trophies during his time at the club. His illustrious team-mates included Ian Botham, Graham Dilley and Graeme Hick.

A highlight of David’s one-day career was his 5 for 10 against the touring Australians in 1997. This included the wicket of Justin Langer and the match ended with David pulling Greg Blewett for four to clinch victory. Steve Waugh wrote, rather uncharitably, in his Ashes diary book that "Australia were bowled out by a side with one bowler who wouldn't get a bowl in a Chinese restaurant"! This came back to haunt him a few years later when he played for Kent and David got him out for one in a one-day game. The Worcestershire team, particularly James Pipe their vociferous wicket-keeper, ran past Steve Waugh shouting "I'll have a number 57 with fried rice".

David retired to become full-time commercial director of Worcestershire, moving up to deputy CEO and then CEO, succeeding Mark Newton, in 2010. David’s over five years as CEO were much-admired. Although one of the smaller counties, Worcestershire was consistently in profit despite redeveloping its New Road ground and regular problems with flooding, while at the same time remaining competitive on the field, with three seasons spent in Division One of the Championship. David served on the ECB’s cricket committee, as representative of the chief executives of the 18 first-class counties, alongside Angus Porter whom he succeeded at the helm of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) in 2016.

Martin Renshaw

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