Howzat for an 18th birthday?

Chris Edwards, far right, with brother Steve and dad Allen

Chris Edwards, far right, with brother Steve and dad Allen

First published in Sport Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AS eighteenth birthday presents go, Chris Edwards' spell out in the middle for Coleshill Cricket Club was up there with the best of them.

Allowed to bat higher up the order than usual he contributed a season's best of 63 towards his side's total of 260-7 off 49 overs against Englefield on Saturday.

But he was just getting started and returned to torment Coleshill's opponents with a second successive five wicket haul.

He ended with astonishing figures of 5-10 off just eight overs as Englefield were skittled for a measly 32 runs - almost half the total Edwards managed individually.

It beat the birthday boy's previous best bowling figures, which he recorded in his previous game.

Edwards said: "We had a break last week so our last game was two weeks ago and I got five wickets then. I got 5-56 from 15 overs.

"I got a wicket the third ball of this game and it went from there. I got three wickets in three overs and was on a hat trick at one point."

Edwards, who lives in the village, said: "My highest score batting is in the late 70s but this was my highest this year. It's the first time I've had a decent bat.

"I was a bit higher up the order at four because one of the other players dropped out, so I had a bit more time. Normally I'm at six or seven, so I had a bit more time to settle and get my eye in. Hopefully I can keep that spot now.

"I see myself as an all rounder. We've got a few good batsmen. I can go in and hit the ball and I've been lower down the order in case we needed that. I went in earlier so was a bit more conservative.

"Everything I did clicked that day from when I went out to bat. I don't think I mistimed anything."

Edwards' brother Steve and dad Allen both also play for Coleshill but were on duty for the 2s while he was laying the Englefield team to waste.

He said: "I tried to phone dad but they were still fielding and I couldn't get through. I texted him and he replied later to say congratulations."

As far as celebrating his coming of age went Edwards, who works in a printing factory in Wooburn Green, said: "We went out to Revs in Beaconsfield until the early hours of the morning, then we went to the Ageas Bowl the next day for the Test match. It's the first time I've seen England."

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