Tom Loten will not forget this week in a hurry, that is for sure.
The 20-year-old Academy captain scored a polished 58 on his first-class debut in Yorkshire’s dominant, rain-affected, opening day against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
And on Sunday, he will fly to Australia to begin his first winter abroad with Melbourne club side Prahran.
Loten, batting at three, shared 184 for the second wicket with unbeaten centurion Tom Kohler-Cadmore (165) as the White Rose reached 261-2 from 64 overs before rain arrived at tea and prevented any more play.
On an excellent batting surface, he left the ball superbly and was particularly strong through mid-wicket: “That’s sort of my game plan,” he said.
“Leave the ball and make them bowl straight, which is where I’m strong.”
Loten, whose home club is Dunnington – Jonny Bairstow’s old stomping ground, was told he would be making his four-day debut shortly before the toss and revealed that his grandparents and parents aren’t here to watch.
“I’ve banned them!” he said, having played in May’s final Royal London one-day Cup clash with Durham, only for rain to stop him batting or bowling.
“I never get any runs when they come and watch, so they’re not allowed.”
On his performance and day in general, he continued: “I’ll take that. I was a bit nervy coming into it.
“I’ve watched quite a lot of the lads growing up, Steve Patterson, Gary Ballance, Adam Lyth. To be in the team with them is a dream come true.
“I only found out (he was playing) at 10 o’clock, just before the toss.
“Andrew Gale came up to me and said I was playing, so I was excited and nervous from that moment.
“I just wanted to get out there and bat, and I’m glad to have got off to a decent start. I absolutely loved playing out there and making my debut.
“Batting with Tom helped. He was class. He’s really good with the young lads at Yorkshire and helps us all out. He told me to watch the ball and bat as if I was batting for my club side and not for Yorkshire.”
Not surprisingly, Loten described his departure with the last ball of the afternoon – it turned out to be the day’s last ball due to rain – as “annoying”.
He also revealed how former Yorkshire seamer Ollie Hannon-Dalby had compared his stance at the crease to another ex-White Rose player.
“Ollie was telling me that I’m a bad version of Peter Handscomb, which was quite funny,” he added.