13-year-old spin bowler be­comes only third player to take all 10 wick­ets

Uxbridge High pupil sets mark for 200-year-old club HAYES CC

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - by Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HAYES look to have a un­earthed a true gem af­ter Josh Frost be­came the youngest player in the club’s history to take all 10 wick­ets in a sin­gle in­nings.

Only three play­ers have ever achieved the feat in more than 200 years at the club and none were close to the ten­der age of 13, as Frost was in a re­cent vic­tory for Hayes thirds over East­cote fourths.

The Uxbridge High School pupil dis­missed the en­tire team to fin­ish with stag­ger­ing fi­nal bowl­ing fig­ures of 10-58 in the Thames Val­ley League Di­vi­sion 7B fix­ture.

They say hard work pays off and Frost cer­tainly puts the hours in at the Wood End club, prac­tis­ing for hours af­ter train­ing has fin­ished, by launch­ing balls at an empty chair up against a fence.

His love of the sport stems from dad Chris, who has played for Hayes for 33 years and who was the youngest player to score 1,000 runs in se­nior cricket in a sea­son, un­til his record was taken 24 months ago.

“Josh has been play­ing cricket since he was five years old and has been a mem­ber of Hayes CC all his life,” said dad Chris, who is now in­terim chair­man at the club.

“Josh was ad­vised at the age of seven by the then-head coach, Keith Wal­lis, to take up off-spin, as there were so many young­sters that wanted to bowl as fast as they could and this was maybe the best bit of ad­vice he has re­ceived so far in his crick­et­ing life.

“As par­ents, my wife and I are very proud.

“I have low­ered my level of play­ing in league games to watch and play in the same team as him but this achieve­ment has over­shad­owed all of my own at the club.”

Claim­ing 10 wick­ets in an in­nings is such a rar­ity that it has only ever been achieved twice in the history of Test match cricket.

Eng­land’s Jim Laker took 10-53 against Aus­tralia in July 1956 and In­dia’s Anil Kum­ble grabbed 10-74 for his coun­try against Pak­istan in Fe­bru­ary 1999.

Frost has set him­self a tar­get of se­cur­ing 100 wick­ets this term, an am­bi­tious tar­get for the teenager, but he’s al­ready on 59 and has dreams of mak­ing it as a pro­fes­sional, like his idol Joe Root, who starred for Eng­land at the start of the Ashes last week.

“Josh would one day like to get the op­por­tu­nity to be­come a pro­fes­sional crick­eter,” Chris added.

“His favourite player is Joe Root. He went and watched the last day of the Lord’s test match be­tween New Zealand and Eng­land ear­lier in the year, which whet­ted his ap­petite for the Ashes.

“He has planned out which ses­sions he will be home from school to watch!”

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