Cricket: Talented Matthew on a Yorkshire mission

Matthew Revis.
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THE remainder of 2014 is likely to be one big party for Yorkshire County Cricket Club following a first County Championship win in 13 years.

And in Burley-in-Wharfedale duo Matthew and Dan Revis the Tykes have something else to celebrate – with rising star Matthew admitting the brothers’ dream of walking out together for the Tykes.

The younger sibling of 15-year-old starlet Dan, 12-year-old Matthew continues to progress at a rate of knots – one year on from a record breaking 2013. Last year the under-12s ace became the first boy at any age group to score over 1,000 runs in a single season, something that even Michael Vaughan and Joe Root failed to manage.

An accomplished bowler too, his outstanding contribution helped his team remain unbeaten in 2013. And the following year has been just as successful with under-12s and under-13s ace Revis the star of the show in helping his Ilkley Grammar School seal their second Yorkshire Post Schools Challenge with two centuries and important wickets in the summer.

For Revis, that was a first outing on Yorkshire’s hallowed turf but if the all-rounder has his way it won’t be his last.

Furthermore, the icing on the cake would be representing Yorkshire CCC alongside his brother. “I’d love that to happen and we have talked about it a lot,” Revis told the YEP.

“That would be a complete dream – playing with my brother here at Headingley.

“Dan is in the under-15s B team – he’s a good off spinner and he’s a good youngster as well. He’s mainly a bowler but he opens the batting as well and I think he’s more classed as a batter now. It’s important to do well at both because then I guess if you don’t do well with the bat you can still do it with the ball. Then you should never get your head down if you have a bad innings because you can still do it with the ball!

“Playing at Headingley for the first time was a bit nerve-racking and at the start, standing on to the Headingley pitch is a bit weird! But then you get comfortable. When you turn up and step on the pitch it’s just a really good felling.

“I’d love to play there again in the future and for every child it’s the dream to play at Headingley where Yorkshire play. Playing there already has been a dream come true.

“Now I just need to keep it going to be honest, don’t slack off and keep working. I really want to be a professional cricketer when I’m older and if I’m not that I’ll probably want to be a coach.”

Whatever the future holds, the younger Revis brother cites English and maths as his favourite subjects – the latter often handy when totalling his amalgamation of runs. With older brother Dan continuing to excel, cricket is evidently in the blood and Matthew – who turns 13 next Saturday (November 15) – can still recall his first experience with the sport.

“When I was about three or four or five I just picked up a bat and went out the back garden and my mum and dad just bowled at me,” said Revis, who, like his brother, is a former Burley in Woodhead Primary School pupil.

“I think that’s how I developed in cricket and I just kept watching telly and found it really good fun. I just wanted to start it so I did and I went down to my club – Burley in Wharfedale. I started there and I really enjoyed it and then I just kept going. My brother was obviously playing as well and he was always decent so I’ve been lucky because I’ve had some good practice.”

Now both brothers are decent and with that brings sibling rivalry.

Yet that rivalry is a healthy one that is clearly bringing out the best in both talented teens.

Dan won’t be 16 until next April and his younger brother laughed: “When someone scores more than the other there is a bit of rivalry in the house! But we seem to get along with each other fine.”

All the better for when both step out for Yorkshire CCC.

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