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Richard Isaacs
Cricket Statistician

Dom thing special!

Teen sensation Sibley makes his mark on record books

Dominic Sibley: was given time off school to play for Surrey against Yorkshire

The 2013 domestic cricket season has been a major disappointment for Surrey County Cricket Club but they now have something to celebrate... courtesy of an 18-year-old schoolboy.

Dominic Sibley created history on Thursday by becoming the youngest ever double centurion in the history of the County Championship by reaching 220 not out at the end of the third day of the final game at the KIA Oval against Yorkshire. He was finally dismissed on Friday - bowled by Ryan Sidebottom - having scored 242 off 536 balls with 24 fours and two sixes.

The Whitgift School pupil, who was given a couple of weeks off lessons to play in the last few rounds of games for the county, broke David Sales' 17-year-old record as he batted through a mammoth 512 deliveries against the strong Tykes attack.

A product of the Surrey Cricket Academy, Sibley made his first XI debut earlier this year but it was something of a bitter-sweet experience as he was forced to retire hurt just seven deliveries into the game against Essex in the Yorkshire Bank 40 with a badly cut knee.

And the Ashtead Cricket Club youth, who played a couple of England Under 19 Tests in South Africa last winter, had seen his first three first-class innings yield just 22 runs but Surrey persevered with him and he took full advantage with this incredible innings.

Sibley sits atop the list of the youngest Championship double ton makers, removing the now Northants veteran David Sales - who has gone on to score over 14,000 first-class runs and hit 29 centuries.

Youngest Double Centurions in County Championship

1821Dominic Sibley220noSurreyYorkshireThe Oval2013
18234David Sales210noNhantsWorcsKidderminster1996
19206James Taylor207noLeicsSurreyThe Oval2009
19249David Nicholls211KentDerbyshireFolkestone1963
19307Dick Young220SussexEssexLeyton1905
2043Graeme Hick227noWorcsNottsWorcester1986
2054Graeme Hick219noWorcsGlamorganNeath1986
2075Andrew Symonds254noGloucsGlamorganAbergavenny1995
2094Alex Lees275noYorkshireDerbyshireChesterfield2013

A look at the list shows a number of players with very big futures in the game - James Taylor and Alex Lees for example - while Graeme Hick posted over 100 first-class tons in his career after scoring two doubles as a 20-year-old in 1986.

So, the 18-year-old from Epsom has plenty of encouragement for his career ahead!

In the history of first-class cricket around the world, Sibley's performance is a little way down the list but is in very good company!

The youngest ever double ton maker was Pakistani Hasan Raza. He was just 15 years and 213 days when he made 204* for Karachi Whites in 1997/98.

However, there is still some doubt as to the validity of Raza's date of birth - he made his Test debut at the recorded age of 14 years and 227 days in October 1996, the youngest Test debutant ever - but the Pakistan Cricket Board withdrew their claim to that record due to the doubts.

The legendary Pakistani batsman Javed Miandad was just 17 years and 310 days when he scored 311 for the Karachi Whites team in 1974/75 while the famous brothers, Hanif and Mushtaq Mohammad also feature in the list.

Sibley is not the youngest to score a first-class century in England, however. That record remains intact from 147 years ago when a certain 18-year-old from Bristol strolled in at number five for England in a match against Surrey at the Kennington Oval on 30 July 1866.

Coming to the wicket with the England side at 90-3, William Gilbert Grace proceeded to score an undefeated 224 not out in the visitors' 521 all out (in 198.3 overs... however, they were just four ball overs back in those days!).

Surrey had no response and only just scored as many runs as Grace did between them in two innings - all out for 99 and 126 following-on.

Youngest Double Centurions in First-Class cricket

15213Hasan Raza204noKarachi WhitesBahawalpurKarachi1997/98
1694Ijaz Ahmed201noPkn AutomobilesKarachiKarachi1984/85
1715Reetinder Sodhi200noPunjabDelhiPatiala1997/98
1755Ambati Rayudu210HyderabadAndhraSecunderabad2002/03
17121Johann Myburgh203Northerns BEasternsPretoria1997/98
17195Umar Akmal248Sui Northern GasKarachi BluesKarachi-AAS2007/08
17203Ian Craig213noNew South WalesSouth AfricansSydney1952/53
17310Javed Miandad311Karachi WhitesNational Bank of PknKarachi1974/75
17316Taslim Arif205Karachi BluesHyderabad (P)Karachi-BYC1971/72
17323Hanif Mohammad203noPakistanisBombayBombay-B1952/53
182Mushtaq Mohammad229noKarachi WhitesEast PakistanKarachi1961/62
1812WG Grace224noEnglandSurreyThe Oval1866
1821Dominic Sibley242SurreyYorkshireThe Oval2013

When it comes to the youngest-ever County Championship centurions, the Surrey youngster slots in fourth behind Kent's Godfrey Bryan, former New Zealand all-rounder Dipak Patel and Leicestershire captain Josh Cobb - but he jumps just ahead of two legends of English cricket in the early days of their careers - Denis Compton and Len Hutton.

Youngest Championship Century Makers

17245Godfrey Bryan124KentNottsNottingham1920
17270Dipak Patel107WorcsSurreyWorcester1976
183Josh Cobb148noLeicsMiddlesexLord's2008
1821Dominic Sibley242SurreyYorkshireThe Oval2013
1825Denis Compton100noMiddlesexNorthantsNorthampton1936
1832Len Hutton196YorkshireWorcsWorcester1934

The statistics certainly would point to a flourishing career for the talented young batsman - once he completes his A levels of course!