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Barney Gibson leaves Yorkshire

— 3 April 2015

Yorkshire Academy player Barney Gibson has cancelled his contract with immediate effect.

The 19-year-old wicketkeeper, who became the youngest cricketer to play in a First-class match in England when he made his Yorkshire debut on 27 April, 2011 at the age of 15 years, 27 days, is to quit the sport to pursue other career opportunities.

“This was a difficult decision to make,” said Gibson.

“I would like to thank the players and staff at Yorkshire for their support. I have been involved with the Club since I was 11 and I feel that now is the right time for me to look at a career change.

“The support from my parents has been tremendous and I would like to thank Ralph Middlebrook at Pudsey Congs Cricket Club and England coach Paul Farbrace, who I had close working relationships with.”

Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Development Ian Dews, who has coached the Pudsey-born Gibson for a number of years, wishes him well with his decision.

“Everyone at the Club wishes Barney well,” he said.

“It is very much his decision. We hope that the next chapter in his life is very successful.”