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Date: Thursday 21 April 2011
Shiv Thakor became the first Leicestershire-born player to make a century on first-class debut for the Club in scoring a brilliant 134 against Loughborough MCCU.
The previous highest-score made by a Leicestershire-born batsman on debut was 91 by Maurice Tompkin in 1938 while Peter Bowler, who is the only other player to score a hundred on first-class debut for the County, was born in Plymouth.
Thakor shares something in common with Hallam given they initially both played their club cricket for Countesthorpe CC. Thakor played in the Countesthorpe under 13 team that reached the MCC sponsored 'Spirit of Cricket' Finals at Oakham School in 2006 and 2007 as well as a handful of matches for their Everards League team in those seasons.
Thakor and Bowler are part of a list of Leicestershire debut centuries that also includes Dick Pougher, Peter Willey, Mike Haysman, Phil Simmons and Gregor MacMillan. Those five players tallied hundreds in their first first-class appearance for the County having made their first-class bows for other club; Willey and Haysman did it during the same game against Cambridge University.
Jim Allenby also made a century in his first Championship appearance for Leicestershire - a fine feat in itself - but he had played in a previous first-class game for the Club before making a ton against Essex.
As well as joining Simmons on the list of players who scored a ton in their first appearance for Leicestershire, Thakor took a record from the brilliant West Indies batsman given he and James Taylor claimed Leicestershire's fifth-wicket record partnership yesterday.
In making 330, Taylor (237) and Thakor surpassed Simmons and Ben Smith, who put on 322 during the Championship winning year of 1998 against Nottinghamshire at Worksop.
Thakor also became Leicestershire's youngest-ever centurion aged 17 years and 180 days, beating Josh Cobb's record set when he was 18 years and five days at Lord's in 2008.
Taylor, who only turned 21 in January, now has three double hundreds under his belt and holds the record for being the Club's youngest-ever double centurion at the Oval in 2009 when he was aged 19 years and 206 days.
It was certainly a proud day for the pair given it was also Taylor's first game as Club Captain. Thakor's debut has been a long time in the making given he scored his first century for the Club at under-9 level and made his County Second XI debut in 2008 aged just 14 years and 218 days.
* Many thanks to Club Archivist Richard Holdridge in providing the statistical information contained in this article.