Keep­ing it in the fam­ily – all 10 wick­ets break dad’s record

Strike bowler needed just 12 overs to bowl out op­po­si­tion earn­ing him a pint from los­ing cap­tain

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The 34-year-old strike bowler, who has been play­ing for the Bea­cons­field-based side since the age of 14, needed just 12 overs to plough through the Den­ham 2s at­tack.

His fig­ures in­cluded three clean­bowled scalps and two LBWs, and he was also as­sisted with five catches to com­plete an amaz­ing feat, which is also a new league record.

He said: “My pre­vi­ous best was 8 for 40ish, and I also got a 7 for 7 a few years back, but the pre­vi­ous club record was held by my dad, Ian, who took nine wick­ets in one game. Funny enough, it was me who took the catch off Nigel Roberts for the 10th wicket that day, stop­ping dad get­ting all 10!”

Wid­dow­son’s ef­forts saw Knotty win by 60 runs, mov­ing just eight points be­hind Chilterns League Di­vi­sion Three lead­ers Winch­more Hill, whose op­po­nents con­ceded their game.

Cap­tain Nick Pa­tel said: “When Mike had six and our other bowler dropped a catch off his own bowl­ing, we be­gan to think this was fate that he would get all 10, and so it proved. It was an out­stand­ing per­for­mance from a club stal­wart who con­tin­ues to break records year on year.

“The cel­e­bra­tions went on long into the night, but a spe­cial men­tion has to go to Den­ham, who were gra­cious in de­feat, with skip­per Jeff Simp­son also heap­ing praise on Mike’s achieve­ment and brin­ing him a beer in the chang­ing room after­wards.”

Else­where in Di­vi­sion Three, hav­ing moved off the bot­tom with a first win of the sea­son last week, The Lee are now sit­ting pretty in mid-ta­ble af­ter Harry Hutt’s 7-39 helped them beat Penn & Tylers Green 2s by 67 runs.

Di­vi­sion Two’s bot­tom side, Great King­shill, boosted their suri­val hopes with a six-wicket win over Holy­port, Nick Hal­latt tak­ing 3-11 and Alex Prothero 3-15.

Di­vi­sion One lead­ers Penn & Tylers Green ham­mered main ti­tle ri­vals Taplow by 125 runs af­ter dis­miss­ing them for just 36, Paul Fran­cis tak­ing 4-7 and Matt Lance 6-29, but Chal­font St Giles lost by six wick­ets to White Waltham, and Coleshill by 137 runs to Lit­tlewick Green.

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