Young Vikings outfoxed by Leicestershire at Scarborough

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Yorkshire’s frustrating YB40 campaign continued after a last-over defeat against the Leicestershire Foxes.

Coach Jason Gillespie handed a debut to former Staithes all-rounder Ryan Gibson, while 15-year-old fast bowler Matthew Fisher became the youngest post-war first class cricketer.

Youngsters Ben Coad and Will Rhodes were also included in the Vikings side as Yorkshire shuffled their pack.

Skipper Andrew Gale elected to bat first and made 44 off 56 balls before he was superbly caught by Foxes keeper Niall O’Brien off the bowling of Jigar Naik.

Scarborough CC batsman Adam Lyth hit three fours on his way to a solid 38, while there were half-centuries for Joe Sayers (58) and Luke Plunkett, who smashed five fours and four huge sixes on his way to a rapid 23-ball 53.

Youngsters Gibson (four not out) and Fisher (10) saw Yorkshire to a solid 258-9 at the end of their 40-over stint.

The home side looked favourites for large periods of Leicestershire’s reply as Plunkett (2-47), and Rhodes (2-26) helped peg back the visitors.

Tykes gloveman Andy Hodd was in fine form behind the sticks, taking three sharp catches to help remove Greg Smith (58), Matthew Boyce (42) and Michael Thornely (21), and there were also wickets for young debutants Gibson (1-24) and Fisher (1-40).

But Rob Taylor (48 not out) and Naik (22 not out) helped see the Foxes home with five balls left in their innings.

More reaction from Yorkshire’s defeat including interviews with coach Jason Gillespie and debutant Ryan Gibson online tomorrow and in Thursday’s Scarborough News.