Varsity ace may have set a Lord’s landmark
Seven wickets for ’keeper
Proud dad Peter said: “Some people at the game were suggesting it has never been done before. Sam did take 10 catches behind the stumps in a Varsity game two years ago, but that was over two innings in a four-day game.”
A former Dr Challoners pupil, this is Westaway’s fourth Varsity series since joining Oxford, having missed one through injury, and he regularly makes the journey back down the M40 at weekends to play for Gerrards Cross.
Due to his Varsity commitments, he was missing from the side which beat Buckingham Town by 48 runs in Division Two of the Home Counties Premier League on Saturday.
With a number of other firstchoice players unavailable, the Cross fielded some fringe players and a sparkling century from teenager Ben Lane was the backbone of a fine all-round performance.
At the other end of the age scale, Justin Hampshire rolled back the years by making his first appearance for the first team since 2003, bagging a sublime half-
RECORD: Sam Westaway, pictured in action for Gerrards Cross, may have entered the Lord’s record books with a seven-wicket haul as wicketkeeper century and sharing a secondwicket stand of 138 with James Crosthwaite, who blasted his way to 87 and lost several balls in the process.
Lane was the undoubted star of the show though, arriving at the crease almost immediately after lunch with his side on 170-4 and reaching 50 at a run-a-ball before accelerating, taking just another 24 balls to reach his century as the Cross posted a daunting 313-9.
Buckingham kept the game evenly poised with two wickets apiece after tea from Dan Hampton which meant they had lost four wickets for five runs in 23 balls to collapse to 234-9.
Their last partnership put up some resistance, but when Richard Knudsen returned for his third spell and immediately knocked back the off-stump of the Buckingham skipper, the celebrations could begin.
Meanwhile, in the same division, a Bruce Friderichs century helped Amersham to a thumping 105-run win over Finchampstead.