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Beaconsfield bowler takes 6-6 on debut
RUNNING in to bowl his first ever ball for the Beaconsfield first team, Tamoor Hussain wondered if he’d ever get another chance.
It was also his first ball in division one of the Thames Valley League and Hussain admits he wasn’t sure he was good enough.
He said: “There was a little bit of pressure because I thought if I didn’t perform I might not have another chance with the first team.
“It was my first game in Division One too, so it was a higher level than I’d ever played and I thought it would be very, very difficult to take even one wicket.”
As it happened, it took him less than 1.5 seconds to make a mark. His first ball nipped through the defences of Kew’s batting lynchpin Bruce Friederichs.
He said: “I’m about 5ft 3ins and slim, so he probably looked at me and thought, ‘he’s not tall, he’s skinny, he’ll bowl about 60mph’.
“I don’t have long run ups either, about ten steps.
“But I think I surprised him. I was quicker than he thought and the ball pitched in the right spot. It worked out really, really well for me but not so well for him.”
Two balls later Hussain was at it again, trapping the Kew captain in front of his wickets, and after that it was just a landslide of wickets.
By the end the 24-year-old was walking off the pitch with astounding figures of 6-6 in seven overs.
Kew had wilted to just 62 all out and barely an hour later Hussain was celebrating a priceless victory.
He said: “I was confident of doing well in terms of not conceding many runs, but I wasn’t sure at all about taking wickets.
“But before the game started the coach, Jason Harrison, told me to relax and enjoy it, so that took away some of the pressure.
“I could never have expected a six-for though. My previous best was 4-17 for the second team a few weeks ago – I’d never even taken five wickets before.”
In eight games for the seconds this season, Hussain has claimed 15 wickets and his record last season is 20 wickets from nine matches.
Respectable if not revolutionary, and if anything it’s probably been his batting in recent weeks that caught the selector’s eye.
Hussain said: “They straight away said to me that I was in for the rest of the season now.”
Jon Mahood took the other four wickets to fall, before Chris Thomas continued his fine form with 47 not out to steer his side over the line.
Tomorrow they host Finchampstead.
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