County news June 9, 2013

15-year-old Fisher makes history

ESPNcricinfo staff

Matthew Fisher became the youngest post-war county cricketer when he was picked for Yorkshire against Leicestershire aged just 15 years and 212 days.

Yorkshire were forced to turn to Fisher for their Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture at Scarborough to deal with an injury crisis that saw four teenagers make up the bowling attack. Ryan Gibson, 17, Ben Coad, 18, and 19-year-old Wilf Rhodes were also in the XI.

It highlighted Yorkshire's problems. They were forced to field a threadbare bowling attack last Sunday against Gloucestershire. Tim Bresnan is with England, Liam Plunkett and Jack Brooks have been injured and the workload Ryan Sidebottom and Steven Patterson have been forced to endure in the Championship meant they needed resting.

Mercifully, Plunkett, looking very old at 28, returned from a thigh strain to face Leicestershire. But he lined up alongside a team-mate 13 years his junior.

Born in York, Fisher has developed through the Yorkshire age-group teams and plays for Yorkshire Academy in the Yorkshire Premier League, where his 25 overs this season have gone for 3.48 runs an over. He has also played for Yorkshire 2nd XI and took 6 for 25 earlier this week against Leicestershire - the second-best figures for Yorkshire in the 2nd XI trophy.

"Matthew deserves his call up into the squad," Yorkshire first-team coach Jason Gillespie said. "We monitor the progress of all our players and the feedback I have received on the way Matthew has been playing has been excellent. He is very young, but he has the ability to be successful."

The youngest player to appear in a first-class match also turned out for Yorkshire when wicketkeeper Barney Gibson played against Durham MCCU at the age of 15 years and 27 days in April 2011. The aptly-named Charles Young is the youngest ever to appear in a county game, for Hampshire against Kent in 1867 aged 15 years and 131 days.

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  • Andrew on June 10, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Saw this match. He did really well. Bowled straight and was full of confidence. Was also impressed with Ryan Gibson (17) from Whitby. Yorkshire have got so much talent coming through.

  • Rakitha on June 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    how did he go in this game?

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    well done my buddy but i wanna soon n the ENGLAND NATIONAL TEAM

  • Dummy4 on June 10, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Yorkshire may have a Rhodes back in the side but Gloucestershire have a Hammond and these two names appeared on the same scorecard in the recent Yorkshire vs Gloucestershire YB40 match at Headingly on 2nd June (for the first time since 1930) Unfortunately, Rhodes' parents didn't have the foresight to christen him Wilfred, choosing William as his christian name and there was to be no "Hammond b Rhodes" on the scorecard that day. The last instance of "Hammond" being dismissed by "Rhodes" was in 1927 when Wilf took Wally's wicket twice in the 1927 Championship match at Dewsbury. Wally had, however, had drawn first blood when he took Wilf's wicket in 1925 at Bradford Park Avenue.

  • Andrew on June 10, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Wilf Rhodes has got a lot to live up to.

  • GeoffreysMother on June 9, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Well done to Ll the young lads, and to Yorkshire. Good news too that Surrey won't be wanting to poach any of them for at least another 20 years!

  • GARY on June 9, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @Paolo Hossain You're lucky mate, make the most of cat vids on youtube, it's all down hill from 16.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    I know how you feel Paolo.

  • Dummy4 on June 9, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    He's my age and he's already playing county for Yorkshire. Meanwhile I'm just sitting here, laughing at cat videos on Youtube...

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