Danny Malik Kieran Jones High Wycombe Peterborough Town
Things took a slightly surreal turn at Bretton Gate

Things were taking their normal course at Bretton Gate. High Wycombe, chasing 189 in 40 overs against Peterborough Town, had reached 186 for 3 after 38. Then Kieran Jones, a second-team regular seamer, was recalled after a forgotten first spell of 5-1-16-0. He was given the unenviable task of playing a role in defending 3 in 2 overs or take 7 wickets for fewer than that. At the crease were Nathan Hawkes, on 58, and G Russell.

Jones started with a hat-trick: Russell, A Dobbs, and A Zaib were all caught behind by Chris Milner off the first 3 balls of Jones’ over. His next ball hit the pad of A Higgins, who was promptly given out leg-before. High Wycombe were suddenly reduced to 186 for 7, but they were still on top, especially after C Haddow played out the over.

Danny Malik, 16, was recalled from somewhere — that too to bowl his second over. It could not be helped: the four other Town bowlers had bowled out. Malik had top-scored for Town with 53 earlier in the day.

Hawkes, on 58, now reverse-swept the first ball and — ran a single. Haddow, in no mood to stay put and wait for a run, holed out to Alex Mitchell at mid-on. G Lasseter was trapped leg-before the next ball. No. 11 B Hoggan defended the first ball but went for a slog off the next and was bowled.

Pat Pocock‘s spell of 2-0-4-7 (W.W2.W WWW1W1) against Sussex at Eastbourne in 1972 is probably the most famous of similar spells, but that was punctuated by an 11-run over from Robin Jackman. The Jones-Malik show, WWWW..1 WW.W across ends, is almost certainly unparalleled.

(with inputs from Peterborough Telegraph)

Brief scores:

Peterborough Town 188 (Danny Malik 53; Zaib 3 wickets) beat Wycombe 187 in 39.5 overs (E Callis 61, Nathan Hawkes 59*; Kieran Jones 4 for 15, Danny Malik 3 for 7) by 1 run.