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Dan Hodgson's reputation enhanced after Champions League t20
There were many positives to come from Yorkshire’s three-week Champions League t20 campaign in South Africa but arguably none bigger than the performances of rookie wicketkeeper Dan Hodgson.
The Leeds-Bradford University gloveman, 22 and on a summer contract with the county during 2012, was thrown in at the deep end due to the unavailability of Jonny Bairstow and Andrew Hodd.
Yet having played on a global stage in pressure situations against Umar Gul, Kieron Pollard, Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni, he significantly enhanced his reputation.
While his batting will improve as he gets stronger, his 21-ball 18 in the opening qualifying win against UVA Next was absolutely vital in a nervy pursuit of 151.
That was his highest score of the tournament, but it was his glovework that was the most impressive.
According to first-team coach Jason Gillespie, it was “top notch”.
“I think he’s been fantastic,” said Gillespie. “We’ve spoken about wicketkeepers bringing lots of energy, and Dan’s done that very well. With the bat he’s made some important contributions too.
“It was a bit of a baptism of fire coming in against Umar Gul on your debut in the UVA match after your overseas player has been hit on the head.
“It was a difficult situation but the way he batted with Adil Rashid was fantastic.”
White-Rose skipper Andrew Gale even went as far as saying: “I don’t remember him making a mistake. I’d say he’s probably been our man of the tournament. He’s gone unnoticed, which is a good thing as a wicketkeeper.”
It would be a major surprise if Hodgson did not sign a new deal at Headingley, leaving the county in a position of enormous strength behind the stumps.
“There’s no question that it’s an area in which we want to be as good as any county in the country,” added Gillespie. “We believe that we have the talent to serve Yorkshire well for a number of years.
“The opportunity for Dan to experience something such as the Champions League environment is only going to be good for him down the track.”