Record-breaking start for wicketkeeper Harvey

Harvey Hosein
Harvey Hosein

Matlock Cricket Club star Harvey Hosein enjoyed a stunning first-class debut this week as he turned out for Derbyshire CCC in theirLV County Championship Division Two clash with Surrey.

Wicketkeeper Hosein, 18, a regular at Causeway Lane this season and throughout his teenage years, took 11 catches over Surrey’s two innings - the first Derbyshire wicket-keeper ever to do so.

The tally also equalled the record number of catches by any wicketkeeper on their first-class debut.

His haul helped set Derbyshire 251 to win the encounter, which continued after the Mercury went to press.

Hosein had already broken one record on day one, being the youngest wicketkeeper to ever take seven Championship catches in an innings.

He then added four more on day two to help bowl Surrey out for 279.

Hosein said: “The bowlers bowled well and put it on a plate for me to get the catches. They did the hard work.

“I looked to do my usual thing out there and it was just a bonus to get the records.”

Hosein’s efforts beat the previous best by a Derbyshire wicketkeeper of ten, jointly held by Bob Taylor (1963) and Harry Elliott (1935).