Youngest ever first-class cricketer retires at 19
Yorkshire’s Barney Gibson, who became the youngest ever first-class cricketer (four years back) to play, retired from the game – aged just 19, to pursue other career opportunities. He was just 15 years and 27 days old when he made his debut against Durham University in April 2011, his first and last appearance for the side.
Gibson was given special dispensation from school to miss his science, maths and religious education lessons to play. In his only appearance, he didn’t bat or keep wickets, instead sending down 3.3 overs for 29 runs.
“This was a difficult decision to make,” Gibson said in a statement on the county’s official website.
“I would like to thank the players and staff at Yorkshire for their support. I have been involved with the club since I was 11 and I feel that now is the right time for me to look at a career change.
“The support from my parents has been tremendous and I would like to thank … England [assistant] coach Paul Farbrace, who I had a close working relationship with.”
Yorkshire’s director of cricket development Ian Dews, said: “Everyone at the club wishes Barney well. It is very much his decision. We hope that the next chapter in his life is very successful.”
Previously, Gibson had spent four years with the academy of Championship football side Leeds United as a goalkeeper before turning to cricket.
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