It was Shane Warne who convinced Kearan Gibbs cricket was the sport for him.

Kearan – who has a rare congenital anomaly that led to him being born without hands – met the legendary spinner at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl when he was 11-years-old.

The sports mad youngster tried football, rugby and basketball at school but fell for cricket having first played with his uncle on a beach holiday.

Kearan had developed a bowling action that saw him grip and release the ball from the fold of his elbow – but he was struggling with the technique and becoming disillusioned.