Joe Dawborn: Northants bowler takes 10-wicket haul in club game

By James LawBBC Sport
Joe Dawborn
Joe Dawborn is the first Peterborough Town player to take 10 wickets in an innings in the top division since 1978

An amateur bowler hoping to break into first-class cricket took all 10 wickets to fall in an innings during a club match in Northamptonshire.

Joe Dawborn returned figures of 10-22 while playing for Peterborough Town in the Northants Premier League.

The 21-year-old also represents Northants' second team on a non-contract basis, and has had trials with both Middlesex and Leicestershire.

"I was trying my best to ruin it," Town team-mate Jamie Smith told BBC Sport.

"It was magical. I was bowling at the other end and every time he delivered a ball it looked like he'd get a wicket.

"Once they [Brixworth] were seven or eight wickets down they seemed to give up, as if they knew it would happen. He's just a different class."

Notable 10-wicket innings hauls
Ottis Gibson (Durham v Hampshire, 2007)
Anil Kumble (India v Pakistan, 1999)
Jim Laker (England v Australia, 1956)

Dawborn, who also plays for Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties Championship, currently works for his dad as a labourer when he is not playing cricket.

His figures against Brixworth are the best in the 55-over Northants Premier League since 1968, while he also has more wickets than anyone else this season in the 15-division structure.

"He played for us a little bit this year and last year and at this point we're tracking him," said Lloyd Tennant, academy director at Leicestershire CCC.

"Joe's got a good work ethic and is desperate to be a pro. I'm sure at some point a door will open for him.

"He's very accurate and moves the ball off the seam. He's not unlike Leicestershire all-rounder Ben Raine - he relentlessly bowls good line and length."