Gillespie’s praise for Vikings young guns

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Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie was delighted with the four young guns who performed well against Leicestershire at North Marine Road on Sunday.

The Vikings were already out of the YB40 after just one win against the Unicorns, and with a host of injuries and players missing, Gillespie gave opportunities to 17-year-old former Staithes all-rounder Ryan Gibson, 15-year-old Matthew Fisher, Will Rhodes and Ben Coad.

Speaking to The Scarborough News, Gillespie said: “We were already out of this competition, and through a few various circumstances we were able to afford opportunities to a couple of players, and people saw a glimpse of the future of our club and the future is very exciting.

“We always strive to have that good mix of youth and experienced players, and it is very exciting.

“I think the senior players were excited about being out there in the park, it kept them young and they were bouncing around the field.”

Gillespie was impressed with the efforts of 17-year-old Gibson.

He said: “Ryan did well. He took a wicket and he was involved in a partnership with Liam Plunkett.

“It’s a wonderful experience for him to be in the middle with former Test player so it’s great.”

Gillespie was also full of praise for Scarborough, he added: “The lads love playing here, plain and simple. They love coming to Scarborough to visit. It’s a great place and the pitch is fantastic with good pace and carry.

“Scarborough is a great place to play cricket.”