Cricket: Fisher, 15, is youngest cricketer

Matthew Fisher of Easingwold celebrates taking the wicket of Harry Franklin of Holmfirth.
Matthew Fisher of Easingwold celebrates taking the wicket of Harry Franklin of Holmfirth.
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Fifteen-year-old Matthew Fisher yesterday 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.

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 held 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.

Fisher announced himself by edging the second and third balls he faced to the third-man boundary before being run out for 10 off the last ball of Yorkshire’s innings of 258 for nine.

And he also took a wicket but it ended in defeat as Leicestershire won by three wickets with five balls left.