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
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.