Rising Ashtead cricket star Dominic Sibley from Whitgift School, Croydon, tipped for 'glittering career'
"What happened last week is something I will never forget. It has been brilliant and I have loved every minute of it."
That is how young cricketer Dominic Sibley feels about becoming the youngest double centurion in County Championship History.
Dominic, of Ashtead, scored 242 runs for Surrey Cricket Club in their draw against Yorkshire last week.
The 18-year-old’s historic effort spanned nearly ten hours of cricket and 538 deliveries and came in only his third match for the club. He also scored 108 runs in boundaries.
Sibley, at 18 years and 21 days, became the youngest century-maker in Surrey’s history, the youngest double century-maker in championship history, the second youngest Englishman after WG Grace to score a double century and the first 18-year old to score a century for Surrey since Graham Thorpe in 1988.
He now overtakes Northamptonshire’s David Sales as the youngest double centurion ,who has been the record holder since 1996.
It was a remarkable feat for the Whitgift School pupil who began his cricketing career at Ashtead Cricket Club, following in the footsteps of his granddad Peter and his father Mark who both played for the club.
He has also featured for the England u-19 team.
Sibley said: "I can’t quite describe how it felt. When I got to a hundred I was quite emotional really and reading the records out and seeing my name on the board with some of the greats was very special.
"What happened last week is something I will never forget. It has been brilliant and I have loved every minute of it.
"I will be honest I was pretty nervous before this game as I got zero in the last game I played so I was just happy to get off the mark."
The teenager is also studying Geography, English and Physical Education for his A-Levels although he has yet to have much teaching time this year due to playing the last three games of Surrey’s season.
He said: "Some of my teachers haven’t even seen me this year yet.
"The teachers have been brilliant and Whitgift, they have helped me through the last couple of years so I imagine this year will be no different."
David Ward, Head of Cricket at Whitgift School, said he was very proud of Sibley's achievement.
He said: "What a fine effort from Dom and thoroughly deserved, a top lad with great family support.
"At the age of twelve he would appear on the sports hall balcony here at Whitgift and watch the 1st XI train after school.
"His work ethic for a schoolboy is unparalleled and a rare ability in one so young to be hungry and disciplined enough to get a big score and push on even further.
"He grabbed the chance with both hands last week and maximised the experience by enjoying a huge partnership with a proven world class test batsman.
"Dominic know’s that the hard work now begins and I’m sure we’ve all seen the start of a glittering career."
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