Former Staithes man Ryan Gibson has revealed his pride after making his first-class debut in Yorkshire’s YB40 defeat at Scarborough on Sunday.
Gibson’s debut fell under the radar somewhat due to the record-breaking efforts of 15-year-old Matthew Fisher against Leicestershire, though the Fyling Hall pupil was delighted with his opportunity.
Speaking to The Scarborough News afterwards, Gibson said: “I won’t forget this day in a hurry.
“As you can imagine, words can’t describe what it feels like going out to make your professional debut in front of a few thousand people here at Scarborough.
“Obviously the result was disappointing, but personally and for the other younger guys who made their debuts it was just a fantastic experience.
“Especially so for me being from just up the road in Whitby, it is great to make my debut here at what is practically my local ground.
“It was a good game to be involved with as well. The crowd were great and really got behind us, and the support got louder as the drinks flowed too.”
Most 17-year-olds would be suffering from the jitters before heading out to bat in front of a big crowd on debut, but Gibson says he doesn’t suffer from nerves.
He added: “I’m not really a nervous person, I just tend to get on with it. It was a tough situation to go into at number nine, you don’t really want to get out.
“I just wanted to stick with Liam (Plunkett) and then I was in with Matthew (Fisher) and he is even younger than me, but it was a good experience.”
Gibson admits the support from former Aussie paceman and Tykes coach Jason Gillespie and former England fast bowler Liam Plunkett was invaluable.
“Jason just told us to go out and enjoy the occasion and said well done to us all afterwards and I know Liam as we played for the same club side, Marton, together,” said Gibson.
“To get advice from two guys who have done it all in the game was great for me.”
Gibson wants to push for a regular place in the side now. “Hopefully I can get a regular place in the side now and push on for the rest of the season,” he added.