Ten-wicket star Joe Dawborn has thanked Peterborough Town for improving him as a fast bowler.
The 21 year-old returned the best bowling figures in Town’s history last Saturday (July 25) when taking 10-22 in a 158-run win over Brixworth in the Northants Premier Division.
It was the latest demolition job for Dawborn who has more wickets (52) than any other bowler in 15 Divisions of the Northants League this season.
Dawborn admits his latest feat - he’s the fourth Town bowler to take 10 wickets in an innings - still hasn’t sunk in.
“It was a surreal experience,” Dawborn admitted.
“I never dreamed I would ever take all 10 wickets in an innings. I still can’t believe it’s happened. I took two wickets in my second over and then it was pretty much a wicket every over, but I didn’t really think about getting all 10 until I had eight.
“The lads bowling at the other end were trying to take wickets which was the right thing to do and Kieran Jones almost spoilt it when the last ball of his only over at the last pair, nipped back and missed leg stump by a millimetre.
“It was a great feeling when I claimed the last wicket. The lads were mobbing me and high-fiving me.
“I couldn’t wish for a better set of lads to celebrate with. I’ve improved so much since I joined Peterborough and I have to thank them, especially Paul McMahon who has taught me to think a lot better when I’m bowling.
“I’m a much better bowler now than when i spent a year with Northants Academy at the age of 18.”
Ironically Northants are now monitoring Dawbown’s progress again. He took four wickets for the county second team in Derby this week and his dream remains a first-team contract.
Dawborn has also played second team cricket for Leicestershire and Middlesex in the last two seasons.
“I want to play first-class cricket,” Dawborn stated. “If I keep improving I’m sure I can make it.”
Dawborn’s heroics over-shadowed fine efforts at Brixworth from opening batsman David Clarke (67) and McMahon (54no).
Town remain five points behind leaders Rushden who they meet on August 8.
Dawborn will be in action again tomorrow 9August 1) when lowly Stony Stratford visit Bretton Gate for a Premier Division match.
He is also in the Cambs squad for a Minor Counties Championship fixture at Norfolk which starts on Sunday.
Town team-mates Asim Butt and Paul McMahon are also in action in Norfolk. Also selected are Dan Robinson (Nassington), Sam Rippington (Wisbech), Ben Bryant (Ketton) and James Williams (Wisbech).
The Cambs squad is: P. Richer, J. Atkinson, A. Butt, B. Bryant, M. Gouldstone, D. Robinson, J. Williams, P. McMahon, L. HIll, J. Dawborn, S. Rippington.