Sean Whitehead: South African spinner emulates Anil Kumble’s feat, bags all 10 wickets in domestic match

Sean Whitehead: South African spinner emulates Anil Kumble’s feat, bags all 10 wickets in domestic match
Sean Whitehead: South African spinner emulates Anil Kumble’s feat, bags all 10 wickets in domestic match

South African spinner Sean Whitehead etched his name in the record books after his exploits in a first-class game back home. The spinner took all 10 wickets in an innings of a first-class match as his South Western Districts side beat Eastern Storm. Whitehead’s haul helped the Districts clinch a stunning victory on the final day of the game.

Sean Whitehead: South African spinner emulates Anil Kumble’s feat, bags all 10 wickets in domestic match

Slow left-armer Sean Whitehead, claimed a stunning 10-36 off 12.1 overs as Eastern Storm were bowled out for 65. The 24-year-old bowled two batters, removed three lbw, had four caught and also claimed a caught and bowled. Sean Whitehead finished with match figures of 15-100 after taking 5-64 in Eastern Storm’s first innings. His figures are the second-best in the history of South African cricket, slotting in behind Bert Vogler, the leg-spinner who took 10 for 26 for Eastern province more than a century ago.

Sean Whitehead scored 66 and 49 at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn. Eastern Storm led by eight runs after the first innings, before South Western Districts recovered from 5-3 to make 193 and set the visitors 186 to win. They could not get close as Whitehead, who bowled all 12.1 overs in one spell from the second over onwards, took regular wickets as Eastern Storm were dismissed in just 25.1 overs.

Sean Whitehead: South African spinner emulates Anil Kumble’s feat, bags all 10 wickets in domestic match

Sean Whitehead’s figures are the second-best in the history of domestic cricket in South Africa, after leg-spinner Bert Vogler, who took 10-26 for Eastern Province against Griqualand West in 1906. Whitehead represented South Africa at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, featuring alongside Proteas allrounder Wiaan Mulder and wicketkeeper Kyle Verreynne.