Yorkshire have handed a full-time contract to Iain Wardlaw after the 26-year-old seamer impressed in Sunday's T20 match against Nottinghamshire.
Wardlaw, who has now given up his job in the accounts department of a graphic design company, took 2-17 in the six-wicket defeat.
His performances for Cleckheaton in the Bradford League caught the eye of Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale.
Wardlaw has signed a deal until the end of the 2012 season.
He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I've had a full-time job for the last three or four years, and playing cricket alongside that has been more of a fun thing to do for me, but I've always taken it seriously, hoping that an opportunity was going to arise."
But Wardlaw admits that e thought any chance of playing professionally might have passed him by.
"I did a little bit, but I've been in and around the et-up in the last six months and it's paid off. Now I'd like to push on and play Championship cricket," he said.
"I've got a lot of work to do on my game, which hopefully I can do in the seconds over the next few weeks and months.
"Second XI cricket is where you put the work in. Hopefully it pays off and gets you a place in the first team."
Wardlaw is likely to retain his place for Wednesday's Twenty20 match against Leicestershire at Headingley, a game Yorkshire must win to retain any chance of qualifying for the next stage of the competition.