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Luke Sugg takes UK’s best ever Blind Cricket bowling figures

10th May 2016

Luke Sugg playing for England v Australia (January 2016)

England and Warwickshire all-rounder Luke Sugg has become the first player ever to take eight wickets in an innings of a blind cricket match held in the UK.

On Saturday 7th May, Sugg was playing for Warwickshire Bears at OffChurch Cricket Club in Leamington Spa when he achieved astonishing bowling figures of 8 overs, 1 maiden, 8 wickets for 26 runs in a Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) National League match against Yorkshire Vikings.

26-year-old Sugg, from Redditch, the reigning ECB England Disability Cricketer of the Year, has achieved many successes in an already lengthy career that has taken in over 50 caps for the England blind cricket team and has included being named Partially Sighted Player of the Year by BCEW in 2010, 2013 and 2014, Partially Sighted Batsman of the year in 2011 and Partially Sighted Bowler of the Year in 2015.

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Best ever Blind Cricket bowling figures in the UK

8 for 26 - Luke Sugg for Warwickshire Bears v Yorkshire Vikings
BCEW National League, May 2016

7 for 27 - David Ellingham for South Wales Dragons v Hampshire VICC
BCEW National League, May 2011

6 for 7 - Heindrich Swanepoel for London Metro v Lancashire Galloways
BBS Primary Club National Knockout Cup Final, August 2001

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Sugg’s record-breaking haul included taking two catches off his own bowling, as well as claiming all five dismissals as Yorkshire collapsed from 55 for 2 to 65 for 7. Fittingly, he also claimed the final two wickets of the match, the second time in the innings that he took wickets with successive deliveries.

Reflecting on his record-breaking feat as well as Warwickshire’s 172-run victory, Luke commented:

“It’s a proud moment for me as a player, to take this record. After so many years of scoring a lot of runs, last year I was named Bowler of the Year and I’ve managed to start this year going the same way! It was one of those days, where everything seemed to just be on my side. Gerald Porter, Nathan Foy and Justin Hollingsworth scored fifties with the bat to set us on our way to the win. With the runs on the board, I knew I just had to keep my line, and make batsmen play.”

“Between innings there was a quick outburst of rain, which just gave the pitch a bit of zip – my ideal pitch! I was chomping at the bit to get that ball in my hand, and see if I could do some damage. First few deliveries zipped through nicely, and batsmen played and missed a couple, but once I took one, I knew I had to just keep making the batsmen play. Yorkshire were looking for the draw, and we needed to push hard for the win, especially after our opening day defeat to Sussex.”

“To come away with eight wickets is just fantastic. I wasn’t aware that it was a record, which makes it all the better. I’d like to thank my team-mates for supporting me, and especially Justin for continuing to back me with the ball, and with the field. Hopefully this will be a kickstarter for the Bears this season!”

BCEW Chairman Dave Gavrilovic added:

“This is an extraordinary achievement by Luke, one that might never be bettered. The fact that it took place during his first match of the season makes it all the more remarkable! There are now 22 teams across 19 counties with over 400 players in total playing blind cricket and I hope Luke’s incredible performance will help inspire even more players to take up the game.”

Luke Sugg - ECB England Disability Cricketer of the Year