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Whittaker whistles through the wickets
4:12pm Thursday 15th May 2014 in Local Sport
ROBIN Whittaker produced a sensational six-wicket spell as Burnham Sports humiliated Great Totham in their opening league fixture.
Whittaker bagged his haul in the space of just 16 balls as Totham, chasing 211 to win, were bundled out out for just 30 in the T.Rippon Mid-Essex League first division fixture.
The strike bowler, finding a great rhythm and taking full advantage of a strong wind behind him, looked on course to take all ten wickets after single-handedly reducing the visiting team to 18 for six.
At that stage, he had bowled four of his opponents, three of whom had their middle stump knocked out of the ground, with the other pair being leg-before and superbly caught behind by Dominic Whittaker, his older brother.
However, Fuad Ahmed then got in on the act.
He claimed the last four wickets in a similarly destructive ten-ball burst.
Whittaker, who finished with personal best figures of 7-2-14-6, said: “The wind was a help and my early yorkers paid dividends, so that’s what I concentrated on bowling.
“After taking the first six wickets, the boys were rooting for me to get all ten but Fuad deserved his share.
“He was bowling into the wind and that was a thankless task.”
Earlier, Fuad and Whittaker had played their part with the bat as Burnham, put into bat, compiled 210 for six from their allotted 41 overs in a rain-affected game.
The former hit a fluent 35, while the latter made 46 and shared in a crucial 109-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Jamie Hamilton.
Whittaker was eventually stumped but Hamilton, the skipper, ended 71 not out, the eighth time he has made an unbeaten 50 in league cricket. He hit nine fours and a six.