Teenaged NSW student emulates Laker, Kumble with 10-wicket haul
James Fennamore, a 17-year-old class XI student, claimed figures of 10/19. (Image: Facebook)

A rare achievement went the way of a 17-year-old New South Wales high-school student this week, who claimed all 10 wickets in an innings during.

James Fennamore, a class XI student of St John’s College Woodlawn in Lismore, NSW, claimed remarkable figures of 10/19 with his right-arm medium-pace against Grafton in a round two match of the Downey Shield on Wednesday, with six opposition players being caught out, three bowled and one lbw.

Only England’s Jim Laker in 1956 and Anil Kumble in 1999 have managed this at Test level.

Speaking to ABC North Coast, Fennamore said his tenth wicket came with the last ball of his spell. “I was happy with three at the start, and then it just sort of kept coming and the captain started joking about it and it became more real. I had like one ball, the last ball of my spell I got my tenth, so that was kind of a bit tense.”

Added his coach, Simon Andrews:  “The fielding side really backed up, the slip cordon took some crackers and there was a good one at short leg.  Once he got five- or six-for, everybody started to feel there was something special going on.

Cricket NSW representative Bruce Whitehouse termed the teenager’s achievement as “scoring 100 point in a football match”.

“People get very excited when they get three or four wickets in an innings, and for this young fellow to get all 10 is an amazing experience.” he told ABC North Coast.  “It’s a bit like scoring 100 points in a football match. It certainly puts his name up in lights if he wants to pursue a future in cricket.”