Jason Gillespie salutes 'special lad' Matthew Fisher after Yorkshire debut
Jason Gillespie hailed teen star Matthew Fisher as "special" after he became the youngest post-war county cricketer.
Last Updated: 10/06/13 7:04am
The medium-pace bowler made his Yorkshire debut at the age of 15 years and 212 days against Leicestershire in Sunday's YB40 match.
Barney Gibson, even younger aged 15 years and 27 days, also played for Yorkshire in 2011, but that was against Durham MCCU, not against another county.
Fisher, the No 11, was given his first chance to impress with the bat, scoring 10 off four balls, the youngster helped by two edged fours.
He was run out off the last ball of the innings going for a non-existent single as the hosts posted 258-9.
Cheered on by his friends from his Sheriff Hutton Bridge team he initially went well with the ball too, and his first four overs cost just 18.
In his second spell he pinned Shiv Thakor in front for a duck for his first wicket but Leicestershire closed on the target of 259.
In his penultimate over Fisher came back once more with 14 needed off two overs. The wheels rather came off. He had Jagir Naik caught at midwicket but the batsman survived - the umpire signalled a no-ball because of height. A leg-side wide soon followed as 11 came off the over. He finished with figures of 1-40 off his seven overs as the Foxes won the game.
Gillespie was delighted with Fisher, and believes he has a big future. "He's a special lad and he did well today," he said.
"He's excited. He's excited about the opportunity that he had and obviously all young players want to have a taste of it.
"They want a little bit more but I think he realises just the step up that it is and how hard work that's going to be but I'm sure he's up to the challenge."
Fisher was thrilled to make his debut in front of a home crowd at Scarborough and even more excited to take his first wicket.
"I've loved it, I've loved every minute," he told Sky Sports News. "It's been a great experience and with the crowd behind me here at Scarborough it made it even better."
On his dismissal of Thakor, he added: "He just walked across all three really and it hit him on the pad, we've all gone up and it was just great. The celebration was really good as well."
Fisher will have to bring himself back down to earth on Monday though - he has to revise for a French exam.