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Ashford Town bowler Mohsin Raza takes all 10 wickets against Betteshanger Colliery Welfare in Kent League

By Kevin Redsull
Mo Raza Picture: Gary Browne
Mo Raza Picture: Gary Browne

Ashford Town cricketer Mohsin Raza stamped his name in the Shepherd Neame Kent League record books on Saturday by becoming only the sixth bowler in the league’s history to take all 10 wickets in an innings.

The 23-year-old medium pacer from Park Farm produced his extraordinary feat in Ashford’s 142-run Division 4 victory at Betteshanger Colliery Welfare, finishing with figures of 13.1-3-39-10 as the Deal side were bowled out for 102.

The former Norton Knatchbull School pupil said: "You never expect to get 10 wickets in an innings and afterwards I didn’t know what to make of it all.

"I just kept trying to bowl the same way throughout the innings because the pitch was helpful and the guys took some good catches which also helped a lot."

The last time the feat was achieved in a Kent League game was in 1996 and it’s the first time that an Ashford Town player has ever taken 10 wickets in a match.

Ashford captain Sam Kennett said: "It was a fantastic performance by Mo. He had only taken four wickets for us this season before Saturday and it was just one of those 'once in a lifetime' things.

"I went to watch Kent against Derbyshire (at Canterbury) on Sunday and I must have had 30 people come up to me asking whether it was true.

"So Mo has turned into a bit of a celebrity over the last few days and yet he’s one of the most humble and modest guys you could ever meet."

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