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Teenager Tommy Stewart takes 10 wickets for two runs

Stewart could grace Lord's in the future. (©GettyImages)
Stewart could grace Lord's in the future. (©GettyImages).

Sexey School's Tommy Stewart has certainly put himself, and his school, on the cricketing map by taking an amazing ten wickets in an innings for his under-14 side.

The 13-year-old school boy produced amazing bowling figures of five overs, three maidens, two runs and ten wickets. The only runs he did concede during his spell were from two wides. 

Sexey were aiming to restrict their opponents Gryphon School after they had initialy posted a score of 103 in their innings and they did so in style as Stewart demolished their batting line-up as they were bowled out for a meagre 24 runs.

Stewart, from Yeovil in Somerset, had initially failed with the bat so was looking to redeem himself with the ball in hand and he did just that! He clean bowled nine of his opponents and also took a caught and bowled chance. The youngster spoke with delight about his record.

He told the BBC: "After the sixth wicket I thought, with the lower order, I could go in and take a few more. "I hoped then I could take all 10 and become famous."

He certainly did that. This is the ultimate achievement for any bowler in cricket so for a 13-year-old to do it is wonderful and great to see.

The achievement itself is very rare indeed. In Test match cricket it has only ever happened twice. The first occasion was in Ashes cricket when Jim Laker took 10-53 for England against Australia in 1956 at Old Trafford. Laker in fact took nine wickets in the first innings of the match to leave him with overall match figures of 19-90.

The second instance was much more recent when India's Anil Kumble demolished Pakistan with figures of 10-74 in 1999. Even great bowlers such as Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan have never achieved this record despite their own wonderful careers.

Jim Laker also took another ten wicket haul, again in 1956, against the touring Australians. This time though he did it in first-class cricket for Surrey, taking 10-88 at The Oval, and remains the only person to achieve the feat twice in the same year.

In first-class cricket the feat has been achieved 80 times in total. The best figures recorded by a bowler is held by Yorkshire's Hedley Verity who took 10-10 against Nottinghamshire at Headingley in 1932, closely followed by Leicestershire's G.Geary who took 10-18 against Glamorgan at Pontypridd in 1929.

Young Tommy Stewart is certainly in good company and hopefully he too will become a star of the future just like those aforementioned names.

 

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