Gibson’s excitement at Vikings chance

Ryan Gibson (centre) receiving coaching from Geoff Boycott, has been named in Yorkshire's 14-man squad for tomorrow's YB40 game against Leicestershire Foxes at North Marine Road
Ryan Gibson (centre) receiving coaching from Geoff Boycott, has been named in Yorkshire's 14-man squad for tomorrow's YB40 game against Leicestershire Foxes at North Marine Road
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Former Staithes all-rounder Ryan Gibson has been selected in Yorkshire’s 14-man squad for their YB40 clash with Leicestershire at North Marine Road tomorrow.

Gibson joins 15-year-old Matthew Fisher and seamer Ben Coad, who made his debut against Gloucestershire last week, in Jason Gillespie’s squad for their crucial clash against the Foxes (1.45pm).

Gibson, who was playing Beckett League cricket with Staithes only two years ago, said: “I’m incredibly excited to be in the squad for Sunday’s game.

“It would be a special place to make my debut at Scarborough being a local ground, and it’s a ground I am pretty familiar with.

“I’m just extremely excited for Sunday, playing infront of big crowds is what you want to do as a player so I look forward to it if selected.

“I haven’t been told anything other than that I’m in the squad. Jason has just passed on his congratulations to me, and has said he looks forward to seeing me with the lads on Sunday. I’m just looking forward to it now.”

Fisher, if he plays, will be 15 years and 212 days on Sunday and is set to become the youngest post-war cricketer to play in one of England’s county competitions.

Earlier this week, Fisher, who hails from York, recorded figures of 6-25 against Leicestershire in a Second Eleven Trophy competition, which is the second best overall match figures in Yorkshire Seconds one-day Trophy matches.

“Matthew (Fisher) deserves his call up into the squad,” said Vikings first team coach Jason Gillespie.

“We monitor the progress of all our players and the feedback I have received from Paul Farbrace (second team coach) on the way Matthew has been playing has been excellent. He is very young, but he has the ability to be successful if he is selected on Sunday.”

Yorkshire also hold the record for playing the youngest First-Class player, when wicketkeeper Barney Gibson played against Durham MCCU at the age of 15 years and 27 days on April 27 2011.

YORKSHIRE SQUAD: Moin Ashraf, Gary Ballance, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Andrew Gale (c), Ryan Gibson, Andrew Hodd (wk), Phil Jaques, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Richie Pyrah, Adil Rashid, Will Rhodes, Joe Sayers.