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CRICKET: Super Sam takes all ten
SAM Hollingshead realised a dream when taking all ten wickets for Tiddington in the Cherwell League.
But he admitted his feat was slightly dampened by still finishing on the losing side.
The 24-year-old seamer finished with figures of 10-65, becoming only the fifth player in the league’s history to bag a maximum haul.
Hollingshead’s salvo saw Wolverton Town dismissed for 189 in their Division 2 clash, but Tiddington were then skittled for 98.
“It was disappointing because we still lost,” said Hollingshead. “But it was a big thing for me personally.
“The closest I have got before was seven. They think it is the first time it has been done for Tiddington.”
Hollingshead, who lives in Eynsham, added: “It was a quite a wet track. It was ideal for my bowling.
“I picked them up at fairly regular intervals, but still needed two wickets in the last over to get the ten.
“I got one bowled and the last one was lbw two balls before the end.
“I was fairly confident it was out when it hit the pads and just gave it everything.”
Although never expecting a full house, Hollingshead had been in confident mood.
“It was one of those things where everything has to go your way,” he said.
“The bowler at the other end, Neil Smith, had a catch dropped and we missed two easy run outs.
“It was probably one of those things you will never do again.”
Hollingshead, who works as a web designer for Web Boutiques in Eynsham, is also a keen numbers man.
“On the way to the game, I was saying that I needed 12 wickets to get 50 in the league this season,” he said. “I only need two more now!”
CHERWELL LEAGUE’S MAXIMUM MEN
S Read (Stokenchurch, 2007) 10-13
N Tweed (Great Brickhill, 2010) 10-24
A Khan (Oxford & Bletchingdon Nondescripts, 2012) 10-35
W Wright (Aylesbury, 1996) 10-36
S Hollingshead (Tiddington, 2013) 10-65