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Tykes youngster revels in Fisher mania

Record-breaking schoolboy Matthew Fisher was left beaming with pride after he claimed a wicket on his first appearance for Yorkshire.

Aged just 15 years and 212 days, Fisher became the youngest post-war player to feature in a competitive county match and made an impression with bat and ball in the three-wicket Yorkshire Bank 40 defeat to Leicestershire Foxes at Scarborough.

The ever-smiling youngster trapped Shiv Thakor lbw for a duck with the third ball of his second spell, prompting jubilant celebrations with his team-mates and elation among his friends and family in the crowd.

With Yorkshire legends Geoff Boycott and Dickie Bird in attendance, it was a special moment for York-born Fisher, who broke a 91-year-old record held by Royston Gabe-Jones when taking part in the fixture.

He said: "It was a great experience, with the crowd behind me as well. They were in great form. It was absolutely brilliant.

"It was a very proud and emotional moment when I got my wicket. Hopefully I can carry on and maybe get some more.

"You've got to try and enjoy these occasions. It was weird being asked for an autograph. I didn't really know that I had one - I just made one up!"

Fisher finished with respectable figures of 1-40 from seven overs, having brought the North Marine Road crowd to its feet earlier in the day when picking up 10 runs from four balls, including two boundaries, to edge the Vikings to a respectable total.

He was run out off the final ball of the Yorkshire innings, after attempting an audacious scoop shot off Leicestershire seamer Rob Taylor, but thoroughly enjoyed his brief cameo innings.

"I loved it," Fisher added. "It was good to get out in the middle before I bowled and settle in.

"They were two streaky fours, but it doesn't say that in the book does it?"

Fisher was one of four teenagers to take the field for the Vikings and one of two debutants along with 17-year-old Ryan Gibson.

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, who presented Fisher with the match ball after the game, was delighted with how his young side performed.

"I thought they were fantastic," he said. "They were a credit to themselves and a credit to Yorkshire. We couldn't be happier.

"I know we went down, obviously that's disappointing, but gee whiz, the experience these guys will take is great. There's far too many positives.

"Four lads 18 or under, how good is that for the future?"

Gillespie inevitably gave a special mention to Fisher, who will return to Easingwold School this week to continue his GCSE studies, on a historic day for the White Rose.

He added: "It's fantastic for the lad. I'm absolutely chuffed.

"Jimmy Anderson is his idol. He's got a couple of idiosyncrasies there.

"He's a talented young bowler. He's performed well and deserved his opportunity."

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