144-year-old record broken for youngest cricketer

Updated: 28 April 2011 11:42 IST

Wicketkeeper Barney Gibson has broken a 144-year record to become the youngest first-class cricketer in England.

London:

Wicketkeeper Barney Gibson has broken a 144-year record to become the youngest first-class cricketer in England.

Aged just 15 and 27 days, Gibson started Yorkshire's three-day county championship match against Durham University on Wednesday.

Gibson surpasses the record set by Charles Young in 1867 when Hampshire selected him at 15 years and 131 days old, according to ESPN CricInfo's statistics database.

Gibson told the website of Yorkshire newspaper the Telegraph & Argus that his school had to give him permission to play.

He says "it was probably a good day to avoid. I was supposed to have triple science, double Maths and RE (religious education)."

But Gibson added that the school has "sent me up here with some homework."

Topics : Cricket Charles Young Joe Root Barney Gibson Australia Yorkshire West Indies England
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