London: Barney Gibson became England`s youngest first-class cricketer when he stepped out to keep wicket for Yorkshire against Durham MCCU at the picturesque Racecourse ground in a first-class match Wednesday.
The Leeds-born Gibson at the age of just 15 years and 27 days, broke a 144-year-old record set by Charles Young, who was 15 years and 131 days old when he played for Hampshire against Kent at Gravesend in 1867.
A student at Crawshaw School, Pudsey, Gibson was given permission to take time off after being called into the team and he expertly dealt with the pace of England`s Ajmal Shahzad before taking a stunning catch in the 10th over to dismiss opener Luc Durandt off Oliver Hannon-Dalby.
"It feels excellent to have gone into the history books - I really can`t describe it. It`s such a nice feeling. I just can`t believe it has happened to me. It`s like a dream," Gibson was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.
"I was astonished when I heard I was playing for the first team and I just thought `right it`s time to step up to the mark`. I just got here today thinking it was a normal match and that I would play as I would elsewhere.
"I had a rough idea that I was breaking the Yorkshire record (previously held by Paul Jarvis at 16 years and two months) but then when people were saying it was the whole of England I didn`t know what to say. It really shocked me. For the first couple of overs I felt a bit shaky, but then I just tried to be myself and do what I normally do - just stand there and catch it," he said.