A YOUNG cricketer who plays for Leigh has scored his maiden first class century for Lancashire. 

Wicketkeeper Matty Hurst, 20, who is from Billinge and has played for Leigh since 2021, hit an impressive 104 that included 10 fours and four sixes, in Lancashire's defeat to Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

With Phil Salt currently playing in the Indian Premier League, Hurst has made himself first-choice ‘keeper in the Lancashire squad but would justify his place as a batter on the evidence so far.

He had three half-centuries in nine first-class innings before this match and had the confidence to take on the likes of England speed merchant Olly Stone during his memorable knock. 


"I'm obviously over the moon but it's bittersweet because we've suffered another defeat," said Hurst.

"I'm very proud because it was hard work but being able to adapt quickly and hit it out of the park when needed or get your head down and knuckle down is key. 

"It was a dream come true when I made my debut but this is one better I think - I started in the age groups playing in the Under 10s and I started at a little village team Winstanley Park watching my dad play and then just cracked on from there. 

"You have to ride the highs and grit out the lows and when you're going good you have to ride it as long as possible because as a batter you only get one chance.

"I've had great encouragement from Lancashire in giving me the gloves and you just have to hold on to them as long as possible - I'm very happy that they've got the confidence in me at the moment."