Myerscough cricket student, Ben Gibbon, made his first class debut this week, as he faced new England Test captain, Ben Stokes.
Ben was selected in Worcestershire County Cricket Club’s County Championship fixture against Durham at New Road, playing against a side that contains both Stokes and current England opening batsman, Alex Lees.
Left arm seamer Ben opened the bowling in both innings, taking 2-95 in the first, including that of Durham overseas and current South African test batsman Keegan Peterson - not a bad way to open your first class account!
Ben earned his first professional contract earlier this winter and was selected yesterday on the back of several excellent performances in the 2nd XI.
He has produced some impressive performances during pre-season and for the Seconds after signing his first professional contract at the end of last season following a successful trial.
A spokesperson for Worcestershire CC, said: ‘’He’s adapted well, trained hard in the winter and has been knocking on the door since the season started.
“We are really pleased with how he is coming along.
“He is a bit of an old school cricketer, a no-fuss approach, just runs in, understands his job, and tries to do it to the best of his ability, which is all you can ask for.
“We are really pleased with how far he has come so quickly. We are picking him because he deserves his chance, and we are getting to that stage, already albeit relatively early in the season, where we’ve picked up an injury or two.
“He thoroughly deserves his place in the squad, and we are really looking forward to him going about his business if he gets his opportunity.”
Ben studied a Level 3 BTEC in Cricket Studies at Myerscough’s Emirates Old Trafford Centre between 2016 and 2018, and was part of our first group that toured Potchefstroom in South Africa for a pre-season tour.
After Ben left Myerscough, he had spells playing for Cheshire’s Minor Counties side and Lancashire’s 2nd XI before being picked up by Worcestershire over the winter.