Harrison Carlyon: Jersey 15-year-old achieves international cricket 'dream'

Harrison Carlyon
Harrison Carlyon was playing five years above his age group last summer

Harrison Carlyon says he has achieved his dream after making his full international debut for Jersey.

The 15-year-old all-rounder played in their opening defeat by Oman in World Cricket League Division Four.

Despite scoring just one run off 21 balls and failing to take a wicket in his two overs, Carlyon was happy to have featured for the island side.

"It was great, it was something I've always dreamed about doing, making my international debut," he said.

Carlyon broke the previous record set by Jersey team-mate Jonty Jenner in 2014 when he debuted at the age of 16 for the island, who are associate members of the ICC.

Jersey World Cricket League Division Four fixtures/results
Saturday, 29 October: Oman, lost by six wicketsWednesday, 2 November: Bermuda
Sunday, 30 October: Denmark, lost by six wicketsFriday, 4 November: USA
Tuesday, 1 November: ItalySaturday, 5 November: Play-off matches

But he is not the youngest player ever to play internationally, with Pakistan's Hasan Raza making his Test debut at the age of 14 in 1996.

"It's really special, I'm just happy to be able to come and play at a level like this, that's all that really matters to me," Carlyon told BBC Radio Jersey.

The schoolboy comes from good sporting stock - his father Tony made his cricket debut for Jersey at the age of 18 in 1988 and played for the island until he was 41.

His uncle Steve also played cricket and football for the island, and became the only person to win Jersey's Footballer and Cricketer of the Year awards in the same year.

"It's a massive step up," said Carlyon, who played for the island's under-19s side last summer when he was just 14.

"You're playing against much better players, so it's only going to improve you as a player and it's what I want to be doing."

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