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News - 22nd April 2011

Maharoof's dream debut

Maharoof's dream debut

Farveez Maharoof wrote himself in to the Lancashire record books at Liverpool on Friday

The Sri Lankan all rounder completed a century on his debut during the morning session of the third day of the LV= County Championship match against Somerset, before taking two crucial wickets after lunch to help put the skids under the visitors.

He was also involved in a run out to cap a great debut, and his Lancashire team-mates pushed a reluctant Farveez to the front to take his plaudits as the teams left the field at the end of the match.

A century on debut is a rare acheivement. Only 7 Lancashire players had scored a hundred on their first team debut for the county before Maharoof, the most recent being Andrew Symonds in 2005.

Gary Yates still holds the record as the batsman lowest in the order (at number 9) to have scored a century on what is generally recognised as his first team debut (having already played first-class games against Oxford University and touring teams).

The full list is:
CENTURIES ON FIRST APPEARANCE FOR LANCASHIRE

Year Player Score Opponents Venue Batting
Position
1867 J. Ricketts 195* Surrey Oval 2
1890 A.C. MacLaren 108 Sussex Hove 4
1908 R.Whitehead 131* Notts Old Trafford 8
1990 G. Yates# 106 Notts Trent Bridge 9
1994 J.E.R. Gallian# 171 Surrey Old Trafford 2
2001 M.B. Loye 126 Surrey Oval 3
2005 A. Symonds 134 Essex Old Trafford 5
2011 M.F. Maharoof 102 Somerset Liverpool 8

 # Championship debut
Photo (c) Simon Pendrigh


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