McManus takes his chance

Lewis McManus. Picture: Neil Marshall
Lewis McManus. Picture: Neil Marshall

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  • Young wicketkeeper makes Hampshire debut
  • McManus comes in for injured Wheater
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Lewis McManus revealed he attempted to treat his Hampshire debut as just another game of cricket after making his Championship bow.

The 20-year-old wicketkeeper from Dorset became the latest Academy graduate as he replaced the injured Adam Wheater behind the stumps on day one of the clash at Headingley.

There were definitely a few nerves on the first morning

Lewis McManus

Yorkshire ended the first day on 333 for seven with McManus turning in a tidy display and taking two catches.

And although it is a big step-up from playing in the Southern Electric Premier League for Hampshire Academy, South Wilts or the Hampshire seconds, McManus attempted to keep things normal despite admitting to some nervous tension.

He said: ‘It was a brilliant experience.

‘It was good to get out there with the guys. It’s something I have worked hard for over the past couple of years, so it was really good to get it under my belt.

‘It was a good day – especially to play at a famous ground like Headingley.

‘There were definitely a few nerves on the first morning.

‘I wanted to do well for the lads and to support the bowlers.

‘I just tried to treat it like any other game really.

‘Obviously, there is a lot at stake in division one and the boys are playing really well.’

The youngster got the call that he was on stand-by when Wheater picked up an ankle injury playing football in training on Friday.

But having represented England under-19s, he is used to dealing with the big occasions.

He said: ‘I got a call on Friday to tell me about Wheats’ injury and let me know that there was a good chance I could be playing.

‘It was good to get my first two catches and then get a bit of a lucky one for me.’

His opposite number Jonny Bairstow (102), Jack Leaning (77 not out) and Adam Lyth (53) helped Yorkshire to a decent total and a position where they are slightly ahead.

But Mcmanus believes the game is still in the balance and feels Hampshire can grab the initiative with a fast start to day two.

‘I think it’s pretty even,’ he said.

‘We would have liked to have had them all out or close to all out, but a big first hour on day two can bring it back into our hands and then we can have a good day with the bat.

‘When the ball is in the right area, the pitch is doing enough.

‘There is not as much pace as we thought but there is definitely something there if you put it in the right area.’

McManus also insisted that new bowler Fidel Edwards had not picked up an injury after a spell off the field.

He said: ‘I think Fidel is fine. He went off but then came back on and made himself available to bowl.’