Yorkshire County Cricket Club have parted company with their 19-year-old all-rounder Oliver Robinson who also plays JCT600 Bradford Cricket League Division One cricket for Lightcliffe.
A statement issued from Headingley announced that Oliver Robinson’s contract had been “terminated with immediate effect due to a number of unprofessional actions”. It added that no further comment would be made by the club.
Margate-born Robinson, in his second season at Lightcliffe, was another budding talent for the Tykes and he was all set to follow in the footsteps of his former Wakefield Road teammate, Halifax-born Alex Lees and current England Test batsmen Joe Root and Gary Ballance.
Ahead of the 2014 season he signed junior professional forms for Yorkshire after showing his potential last term in both their second XI and three first team games in the latter stages of the Yorkshire Bank 40 overs competition.
His career got underway in 2007 when he made his debut for Kent‘s U-13 side and then he progressed through their age groups before leaving his home county to trial with Leicestershire as a 17-year-old.
He was spotted by Yorkshire and offered trials and accepted, and he gradually worked his way on to the fringe of the first team squad.
A spokesman for Lightcliffe CC, expressing his shock at the announcement, said: “Issues relating to Oliver Robinson’s contract with Yorkshire are internal matters for Yorkshire County Cricket Club.
“Oliver is selected for our first team game on Saturday at Bingley, where we hope he contributes with bat and ball helping us to an important win.”
Robinson has been scoring runs and taking wickets for Lightcliffe this term but should he move to another county, as is expected, then this could well be his last season with the club.
Robinson has signed a contract for this Bradford League season with Lightcliffe which allowed him to play when not required by his former employees.