18-year-old wicket-keeper Harvey Hosein has quickly started making a name for himself at Derbyshire, taking eleven catches on his debut.
Derbyshire were in action against Surrey, triumphing by eight wickets against the struggling hosts.
Unexpectedly, however, Hosein proved to be the star man at the Kia Oval, first grabbing attention with seven wickets in the first innings.
Though he managed just four with the bat – and did not get a chance to bat in Derbyshire’s second innings – it was his exploits behind the stumps that caught the eye.
His incredible first appearance saw him earn a number of accolades, including the most ever catches by a wicket-keeper on his County Championship debut. He is also the youngest glovesman debutant to rack up six or more catches.
Hosein was aided by some excellent bowling on the part of Mark Footitt, who took a total of nine wickets over the match, and will no doubt be somewhat disappointed to miss out on the limelight. Wayne White also sealed three dismissals, including those of openers Rory Burns and Zafar Ansari.
Surrey offered little resistance and were essentially torn apart by a ferocious Derbyshire attack, barring captain Gary Wilson, who weighed in with 70 off just 80 balls.
England hopeful Jason Roy improved their chances in the second innings with a speedy knock of 81, in partnership with Arun Harinath, who scored 42. Unsurprisingly, though, it did little to redeem their first inning, and a century from Billy Godleman, together with 90 from India’s Cheteshwar Pujara saw Derbyshire over the line.
Derbyshire academy shines
Overall, Derbyshire are finishing the season in indifferent form, losing three out of their last six fixtures. However, after a disastrous start, they have improved drastically, and will be bolstered by the performance of their latest debutants.
Fellow debutant Ben Cotton may have been left in Hosein’s shadow on this particular occasion, but he was singled out nonetheless for praise by captain Wayne Madsen.
Cotton was unfortunate to take just three wickets, and bowled well with the new ball.
“He has done a lot of hard work over the last few weeks to get fitter and stronger because he has realised he could get a chance to play and he has taken that chance well”, Madsen told the Derby Telegraph.