A perfect 10 for Terence

HISTORY MAKER: Terence Markham
HISTORY MAKER: Terence Markham

Whittle bowler Terence Markham wrote his name into the record books on Saturday when he took figures of 10-5 against Mawdesley.

His amazing spell of bowling helped Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods to their first win of the season in Division Two of the Palace Shield.

Markham, who broke a league record that had stood for 58 years, took two wickets with his first two balls, as Mawdesley were shot out for just 23.

There was only one boundary in the entire innings, in which the top scorer made just seven.

Markham said “It’s hard to say how I got all those wickets, it was a combination of good fielding and proper bowling.”

The 53-year-old, from Montserrat in the Caribbean, added: “I’ve been playing the game since I was nine years old, and this has most definitely been a highlight for me. You only dream about these things happening.”

He added: “I’ve been at Whittle for two years now and really enjoyed my time. I’ll play anybody as it’s my only sport. I enjoy playing in a team where we are altogether.”

One person who saw it all unfold was Whittle & Clayton-le-Woods chairman John Cowley, who said: “It was an amazing display of fast bowling from Terence, taking 10-5 and setting a new league record, beating one that had stood for nearly 60 years. He was virtually unplayable.

“He bowled nothing down the leg-side, everything was on the stumps or just outside off stump. It was absolutely superb and he should be very proud of himself.”

Whittle lost one wicket in reaching their target to win.