Matthew Fisher becomes youngest county cricket star aged 15
Sunday 09 June 2013
Fifteen-year-old Matthew Fisher today became county cricket's youngest post-war player after he was handed his senior debut by Yorkshire.
The York seamer was named in the line-up for the YB40 game at Scarborough against Leicestershire, having taken six for 25 against the Foxes in a second XI match earlier this week.
Yorkshire confirmed on Twitter: "Matthew Fisher will become the youngest player to feature in a competitive county match aged 15 years and 212 days."
A youthful Vikings attack also featured Fisher's fellow debutant Ryan Gibson, 17, plus 18-year-old Will Rhodes and 19-year-old Ben Coad, the latter making only his second appearance.
Liam Plunkett returned from injury but Rich Pyrah (hip) and Moin Ashraf (back) joined the rested Ryan Sidebottom and Steven Patterson on the sidelines.
Fisher was named in the matchday squad two days ago, at which point first-team coach Jason Gillespie said: "Matthew deserves his call-up into the squad.
"We monitor the progress of all our players and the feedback I have received from (second-team coach) Paul Farbrace on the way Matthew has been playing has been excellent."
Yorkshire already hold the record for fielding the youngest first-class cricketer after wicketkeeper Barney Gibson, aged 15 years and 27 days, played in the non-county match against Durham MCCU in 2011.
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Gabriel Paulista sent to Paris to speed up move; Luis Suarez bid planned; Gunners eye Daniele Rugani
Chelsea vs Liverpool match report: Branislav Ivanovic seals classic semi-final with extra-time header to send Blues to Wembley
Gabriel Paulista: Talented Brazilian could grow into world-class defender at Arsenal
Andy Murray vs Tomas Berydch: Murray cool over reunion with coach Dani Vallverdu at the Australian Open
Transfer news live: Gabriel Paulista to Arsenal CONFIRMED; Juan Cuadrado to Chelsea; Liverpool close in on £14m Ezequiel Lavezzi
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures