Critchley breaks records as he registers his maiden first class
Sunday 10th May 2015
Wigan Cricket Club's Matthew Critchley made history today in only his second first class match when, at 18 years and 270 days, he became the youngest Derbyshire player to score a century on the opening day of the LV= County Championship match against Northamptonshire at Derby.
Critchley pulled former Lancastrian Steven Crook over long leg for six on his way to 50 from 67 balls.
He went on to reach his hundred with a six off Josh Cobb and was sportingly applauded by the Northamptonshire team.
His hundred was from 140 balls with 11x4s and 2x6s. He went on to share an eighth wicket stand of 162 with Tom Taylor, a record for Derbyshire against Northamptonshire. In fact, it was the first century stand for the eighth wicket in the history of the fixture.
Derbyshire recovered from 151-7 to eventually total 343 of which Critchley's share was an unbeaten 137 from 179 balls with 16x4s and 2x6s. He had been dropped at second slip when he was on 20.
Critchley said after the day's play: "I just tried to play my natural game. The runs gradually came and when I reached a hundred it was the best feeling ever. It was only when walking off at the end that I really realised what I had done."
It was an astonishing innings. Whatever else he goes on to achieve in his career, Critchley has already left his mark on the game.
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