Jamie settles sibling score with ten-wicket haul
Jamie Doey did something that most bowlers are still dreaming about after a lifetime in the game – he took all 10 wickets in the innings as Crindle beat Killyclooney II in the first round of the North West Qualifying 2 Cup.
Defending 204 for nine, in which Gareth Martin top scored with 47 not out, the visitors were bowled out for 28 with Doey's final figures 7-1-15-10, and five of the 15 were wides! At the other end, toiling unsuccessfully, was Jamie's older brother Andrew.
Amazingly, Jamie, who had never picked up more than three in an innings before, wasn't even aware of just how well he was doing.
"It didn't sink in until I was mobbed at the end by my team-mates," he said. "I got two wickets in my first over and I said then 'I've got a chance of my first five-for here'. When I got the fifth, then I got six and it just didn't stop.
"I didn't feel the pressure because I didn't realise it was going so well. Even when I got the ninth, I didn't even think about 10. When I was walking off the field I said to myself 'did I really do that?'.
"I've been playing since I was about 16. Andrew was already playing at Crindle and I just went down the club and fell in love with it. I've stuck at and now am really enjoying it."
Andrew was suitably proud of his younger sibling's achievement and admitted he wasn't trying too hard after his first four overs.
"It was maiden after maiden at the start, then Jamie started taking the wickets and they just crumbled after that," said the elder Doey.
"I licked the stumps with a few balls but I was quite happy with him bowling away. It was a great performance, he kept it tight and the last couple of overs I was just throwing it up to let him get the last few wickets.
"I saw someone taking nine in an innings for Donemana a few years back, when I watching, but It's quite something that the first time I see all 10 is your younger brother doing it at the other end."
Jamie (24) was voted the most improved player in the club last season and now Crindle will have to make a special presentation for this rare achievement.
The most famous occasions when 10 wickets were taken in an innings have been in Test matches, Jim Laker for England in 1956 and Anil Kumble for India in 1999 but they needed 52 overs and 27 overs respectively – not seven! Indeed it has never happened in a top flight limited overs game and no Ireland player has ever taken all 10 in 817 matches.
The last time it happened in the North West was 18 years ago when Alan Moorhead took all 10 for Strabane II in a league game against Bready II and the last time anyone did it in Ireland was in the Leinster Junior Cup final in 1998.
In the other Qualifying 2 Cup first round games, holders Ardmore II beat Fox Lodge III by 121 runs, Bonds Glen II defeated St Johnston II by five wickets and Creevedonnell II won by 66 runs at Coleraine III.
In Qualifying 1 Cup, Fox Lodge II defeated The Nedd by 190 runs and Eglinton II beat North Fermanagh by 86 runs. They will be at home to Strabane II in the first of the quarter finals on Sunday.
Intermediate C Cup winners Donemana IV are safely into the quarter finals of the Qualifying 3 Cup after bowling out Drummond II for 48 and the Intermediate D Cup holders Bready V beat Fox Lodge IV by seven wickets.