RECORD-BREAKING bowling figures of 10-43 made Guy Ford the star of the show when Cholmondeley entertained Alvanley in the Meller Braggins League on Saturday.
Ford took every single one of Alvanley’s wickets – but it ended up a bittersweet achievement as Chum lost the match, falling short on 103 all out in reply to 105.
Ford, 21, of Manley, said: “It was a first and probably a last.
“The wicket was nothing lively or special. I just bowled a few good balls and the batsmen played some poor shots.
“It was nice to break the league record but I would have liked to have won the game.
“Seeing just the figures, it looks like it was a bowler’s wicket but it wasn’t – it was just the batsmen on both sides getting it a bit wrong.”
Ford, who two weeks ago took seven wickets in a match, bowled 18.3 overs uninterrupted from one end to get his haul – a Meller Braggins League record.
“I have scored centuries in the past but this was a bit more special,” he said. “It was also much harder work!
“Once I got to nine I was not coming off for anyone.”
Ford, who works near Cholmondeley Castle at Shire Sports, scored 18 with the bat as Chum’s players attempted to turn their star bowler’s 10-wicket haul into a victory.
He was a steady partner for Simon Gardener (53), but a decisive contribution from Alvanley’s James Wheelahan – who turned on the style when Chum were marching to victory at 96-6 – proved devastating.
Aussie seamer Wheelahan (5-49) delivered a stunning 14-ball spell to send back the remaining batsmen, leaving the hosts just three runs from victory on 103 (Pete Pearce 4-33).
“Losing the game did take the shine off it for me,” said Ford who, despite joining Cholmondeley when he was 13, lives closer to Alvanley. “Between innings, Wheelahan asked me how I did it, but he must have had his own ideas to come in with a display like he did.
“I also had the consolation that I didn’t put my hand in my pocket all night. The club and Alvanley paid for all my drinks!”