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Danial Ibrahim became the youngest cricketer to make a half-century in the 131-year history of the County Championship © Getty Images


Yorkshire 272 for 2 (Malan 103*, Ballance 74*) trail Sussex 313 (Brown 127, Ibrahim 55) by 41 runs

“Youth is to all the glad season of life,” wrote Thomas Carlyle, thus presenting that fine Australian cricket writer, Ray Robinson, with the title of one of his best books. But rather less well-known are the qualifications that the grumpy 19th century polymath added to his aphorism: “but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.” But then there are days like this at Headingley; the day when attainment matched hope; the day when Danial Ibrahim became the youngest cricketer to make a half-century in the 131-year history of the County Championship.

It did not matter even one hoot that Ibrahim reached his fifty in slightly grubby fashion via an overthrow when Dom Bess failed to collect Jordan Thompson’s shy. Just over 24 hours earlier he had not even been a first-class cricketer; now here he was, the second youngest debutant in Sussex’s history with a half-century against his name and a record in a competition whose history stretches deep into the Golden Age. This is a glad season without caveat for Ibrahim; this is a golden age for him.

But, of course, he did not know about the fact that he had eclipsed by 61 days the record set by Bilal Shafayat when he made 72 for Nottinghamshire against Middlesex at Trent Bridge in 2001. Ibrahim is a 16-year-old schoolboy who had no clue until last Sunday that he was about to make his Sussex debut. Now he knows what it is like to play on a Test ground against international bowlers. The record was “special” but so was everything else.

“I was shocked on Sunday when I was told I was playing but I was so excited as well,” he said. “There are not many better grounds than Headingley on which to make a debut and it was just so special to be out there when Ben Brown made his century. It was really tough to bat against the new ball but Browny helped me though it and took the pressure off. I found it all tough but I just had to keep battling though and do the best I could. Ben Coad and Steve Patterson test your technique and you have to be switched on all the time you are facing them. But I enjoy a battle.”

So, however, do Yorkshire’s cricketers and Ibrahim could add only five more runs to his half-century before his second ambitious drive of the day edged a catch to Harry Brook at third slip off Coad. Indeed, Ibrahim was one of five Sussex batsmen to be dismissed for the addition of only 46 runs on a day that was subsequently dominated by Yorkshire’s batsmen. The applause from the home members during an evening blessed by rich sunlight attested to that fact.




Dawid Malan reached his hundred in the last over of the day © Getty Images


True, Yorkshire lost Tom Kohler-Cadmore for 25, leg before wicket to Ibrahim – yes, him again – when the opener played clumsily across the line. Then, just at the point when Adam Lyth had appeared set for another big score, the left-hander was bowled round his legs by Jamie Atkins for 48. That left Yorkshire on 95 for 2 and their supporters anxious that the batting was about to fail again. Imagine, then, the relief when Dawid Malan and Gary Ballance took heavy toll of Sussex’s young attack with an unbroken partnership of 177 for the third wicket and Yorkshire ended the day on 272 for 2 and therefore perfectly placed to build a large advantage tomorrow.

In such a context of abundance there has been something rather moving about the return of crowds to Headingley over the past two days. They may have been unavoidably late on parade – there were spectators at some grounds a fortnight ago – but the presence of 2,000 supporters at a County Championship match in Leeds still represents another act of reclamation in these strange times.

Spectators are getting their first proper sight of cricketers like Jordan Thompson, who made his debut nearly twelve months ago. They are also getting their first sight of Malan in a Yorkshire shirt and the former England Test batsman has done nothing to disappoint them. He and Ballance batted fluently against a tiring Sussex attack in the evening session and Malan reached his century off 153 balls with a leg glance off Tom Haines in the final over of the day. Ibrahim watched it all and perhaps he wondered if one day this might be him.

Paul Edwards is a freelance cricket writer. He has written for the Times, ESPNcricinfo, Wisden, Southport Visiter and other publications


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Bangladesh – DPL 2021 – Dhaka Premier League match officials caught in clash between police and protesting workers

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The two match referees and six umpires managed to get to the BKSP eventually and matches began after a delay

A group of Dhaka Premier League (DPL) match officials escaped major injuries when the car ferrying them to the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP) on Saturday morning was attacked during a violent skirmish between protesting garment workers and the police in the Savar industrial area.

Eight officials – match referees Debabrata Paul and Adil Ahmed, and umpires Shafiuddin, Tanvir Ahmed, Abdullah Al Motin, Imran Parvez, Barkatullah Turkey and Sohrab Hossain – were in the car and were on their way to officiate in the two DPL matches scheduled at BKSP on the day. The car was completely smashed. Other vehicles stuck in the tailback were also attacked.



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Recent Match Report – Sparks vs Thunder 2021

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Spinner takes three-for as visitors get over the line despite collapse

Thunder 205 for 8 (Lamb 39, Davis 3-42) beat Central Sparks 203 (E Jones 100*, H Jones 3-33)

Central Sparks suffered their first defeat in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy despite an unbeaten century from captain Eve Jones as North West Thunder edged home by two wickets at New Road.
The Sparks totalled 203 all out on a used pitch after recovering from 17 for 3 thanks to a superb effort from Eve Jones who withstood an excellent three-wicket spell from spinner Hannah Jones.

Thunder looked to be coasting to victory after openers Emma Lamb and Georgie Boyce put on 73.

Sarah Glenn, allowed to play after her release from the England squad, and fellow spinner Georgia Davis turned the game back in the Sparks favour with combined figures of 5 for 74 from their 20 overs. But the Thunder lower order did enough to see their side over the finishing line with two overs to spare – their second win of the campaign.

The Sparks were put in and opener Milly Home, on 1, failed to make her ground after Eve Jones played Piepa Cleary to mid-on and set off for a single.

Poppy Davies was lbw to Laura Jackson for a first-ball duck, and Gwen Davies played the same bowler into the covers, set of for a single but hesitated and was run out by Cleary’s throw to Jackson for nought.

Eve Jones and Steph Butler added 62 until the latter on 25 went down the wicket to Hannah Jones and was stumped. Clare Boycott helped put on a further 37 before being caught and bowled on 17 by Hannah Jones, who dismissed Glenn for a duck when she pulled a delivery to midwicket.

The spin of Hannah Jones (10-1-33-3) and Alex Hartley (10-2-26-0) kept a tight grip on proceedings through the middle part of the innings.

Eve Jones completed a 106-ball half century and Issy Wong, with 18, was a valuable ally in a half-century stand until she sliced Jackson to short third man.

Eve Jones accelerated despite Ria Fackrell and Georgia Davis falling cheaply but the last batter in Liz Russell was at the crease when she reached three figures. Her second 50 runs came off only 42 balls and she hit one six and 14 fours and carried her bat after Russell was run out.

Thunder openers Boyce and Lamb laid a solid platform but the wickets started to tumble against Glenn and Davis. Boyce pushed forward and was bowled by Glenn and Lamb went for a reverse-sweep against Davis and suffered the same fate.

Cleary lofted Glenn straight to mid-off and Davis had Natalie Brown lbw and Rebecca Duckworth stumped in successive overs. Glenn and Davis finished with figures of 10-2-32-2 and 10-1-43-3 respectively.

When they came out of the attack the game was evenly poised at 131 for 5 and a sixth wicket quickly fell when Fackrell had Ellie Threlkeld lbw. Laura Marshall and Jackson added 39 before the latter on 30 went lbw to Russell at 178 for 7 and Marshall, with 32, was bowled by Wong with three needed.



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PSL 2021 – Quetta Gladiators’ Faf du Plessis concussed during collision while fielding

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Replaced in the XI by Saim Ayub; second concussion in two days for Gladiators

A concussion has ruled Faf du Plessis out of the Quetta Gladiators’ ongoing match against the Peshawar Zalmi in Abu Dhabi. du Plessis suffered a blow to the head when he collided with his team-mate Mohammad Hasnain during the seventh over of the Zalmi innings. He was replaced in the XI by Saim Ayub.

The collision took place when David Miller drove Mohammad Nawaz down the ground, between du Plessis at long-on and Hasnain at long-off. Both fielders converged at speed, with Hasnain making a late attempt to evade a collision as du Plessis dived to his right to stop the ball. Hasnain couldn’t quite pull away, however, and du Plessis’ head crashed into his knee.



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