We all know the stories of great debuts in cricket. Bob Massie and Narendra Hirwani’s 16 wickets or Lawrence Rowe 214 & 100* on Test debuts, for example. It is hard to beat Harold Gimblett’s first-class debut. In 1935, as a 20-year-old, he was told during a trial with Somerset that he had no future in first-class cricket. On the last day of his trial, Somerset were a player short for their game against Essex starting the next day at Frome. After a torrid trip to the ground the next morning involving missed buses and a hitched lift in a lorry, he came to the crease with Somerset 107-6 and hit a 63-minute century. When he finished his career with Somerset in 1954 he was (and still is) their leading run-scorer in first-class cricket.