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It has been some week for members of Sheffield Collegiate CC, after watching Joe Root score his first hundred for England at Headingley.

Root’s 104 against New Zealand was the first century by a Yorkshire player at HQ since Michael Vaughan’s ton in 2007.

It was somewhat apt that Root should follow in Vaughan’s footsteps, as that is what he has been tipped to do almost from the moment he first picked up a cricket bat.

Both players, of course, came through the ranks at Collegiate - and now the attentions have turned towards finding the next big cricketing starlet.

“We have a good history at the club,” Andy Tyas, Collegiate’s Junior Co-ordinator, said.

“Obviously the name Michael Vaughan carries a lot of weight around these parts because of what he achieved, and Joe is now coming through too.

“That can be a huge influence on young players. We are seeing record numbers at every session we put on for youngsters, and there are two main reasons for that.

“Their success, of course, is a huge factor - they have both played for England, but Michael is always visible around the club and Joe comes back to visit, too.

“The success of England can be hugely important, too.

“When England won the Ashes, or became the world’s number one team, we saw a lot more kids come down to play cricket.”

Collegiate’s Abbeydale Park ground hosted first-class Yorkshire cricket until the mid-1990s and Richard Kettleborough, now an international umpire, also rose through the club’s ranks.

“There’s a little bit of prestige about this club,” chairman Richard Ibbotson said.

“We’ve had county cricket here and produced a number of good cricketers, so there’s a bit of longevity and style.

“We were a club that didn’t do too well during our first 100 years in existence, but we started to concentrate on getting some good coaches and some good players in.

“That snowballed into developing people like Michael and Richard, and now the next stage with Joe.

“Their success has brought a whole new rush of youngsters, and numerically I don’t think we’ve ever had so many youngsters.”

Vaughan, who lends his name to the Collegiate junior set-up, added: “I just want to provide the kids a facility that they can be proud of and that they can enjoy.

“That’s the main thing when you’re young - enjoy it, and then grab it and take it as far as you can.

“There are some really good people at this club - a lot of the first team coach the juniors on a Friday night, and then run junior teams on a Sunday.

“We want them to learn, not just about cricket but about team sports and encouragement, too. It’s important that they celebrate each other’s successes.”

But can the Collegiate academy produce another Michael Vaughan or Joe Root?

“No,” Vaughan smiles.

“They’ll be better than that!”