A FORMER Yorkshire cricketer, who used to also play for Bingley Cricket Club, has died.

Mick Cowan played for the Headingley-based club for almost a decade (1953-62).

Yorkshire County Cricket Club announced his passing, at the age of 89, on Tuesday morning.

The Leeds-born left-arm fast-medium bowler took 276 first-class wickets in 99 matches.

Cowan was also part of three County Championship-winning squads towards the back end of his career.

In batting, he scored 233 runs in 94 innings, with a highest score of 22.

In 1958 and 1959, he was the professional at Bingley CC, now named Bradford and Bingley after merging with the former in 1988.

In 1960, he returned to Yorkshire CCC to take 77 wickets, before fading from the scene.

Yorkshire and Surrey’s players paid tribute to Cowan before play on day two of their LV= Insurance County Championship match at Scarborough by observing a minute’s silence.

Yorkshire’s players are also wearing black armbands in remembrance of one of the club’s vice-presidents.

A spokesperson from the club said: "The thoughts of everyone at Yorkshire County Cricket Club are with Mike’s family and friends at this difficult time."