Ben Coad excels on Yorkshire cricket debut

Ben Coad bowling for Yorkshire Academy
Ben Coad bowling for Yorkshire Academy

Ripon teenager Ben Coad hopes to become a Yorkshire first team mainstay after being handed his debut on Sunday.

The 19-year-old impressed for the county’s home Yorkshire Bank 40 clash with Gloucester, taking the prize wicket of New Zealander Hamish Marshall.

The swing bowler took 1-42 from his eight overs but his debut was soured as the away side romped to their 241 target with 11 balls spare.

Coad had travelled with the first team squad to Somerset on Friday before boss Jason Gillespie awarded him his chance 48 hours later.

“On Sunday morning he told me that I was playing. There was a mix of excitement and being very nervous,” Coad said.

“Walking out I felt nervy but when I did my first piece of fielding I was settling in.

“I’m never nervous when I get the ball in my hand.

“It was a great atmosphere and a good crowd on a beautiful day.”

The young seamer travelled to Barbados with the squad earlier this season and he said that experience had helped him feel part of the squad.

He said: “They are all good lads.

“A few of the bowlers who were not playing were in the changing rooms before telling me to stick to what I do.

“I want to keep pushing now to get in the first team. Hopefully I can get more chances.”

Coad rose through the ranks at York Senior League side Studley Royal before joining the Yorkshire Academy at U-14s level.

Since gaining a county contract in 2010, he has starred for Yorkshire Academy and this season for the county’s second XI.

But, after travelling with the first team last week, he was allowed to head back to play for Royal on Saturday.

And he helped the table toppers move further clear at the top of York Senior League as he took 3-6 from nine economical overs.

The Royals secretary Richard Grime highlighted Coad’s parents Ken and Sue’s role in his development at the club.

“This is a very proud moment for Ben, his family and Studley Royal Cricket Club as he takes this next step in his development,” he said.

Captain Matt Pickles added: “No Studley player has achieved anything like that.

“All the boys are really rooting for him.”