ASTONISHING figures of 9-10 at the weekend have sent experienced Paul Deans into the top bracket of amateur bowlers in the country.
On Saturday he enjoyed the best bowling performance of his 35 seasons – his haul coming in just 9.5 overs, which included four maidens.
And in a blistering weekend for the veteran slow left armer he claimed a further five wickets on Sunday.
Deans, who played for Long Sutton for 25 seasons, now turns out for Boston 2nd and ripped through Bourne 2nd in Saturday’s South Lincs and Border League Division One match.
Deans (48) said: “It was incredible, I’ve never experienced anything like it.
“Everything I bowled was either caught or the batsmen walked by.
“I took nine wickets for Moulton Harrox in 2000, but not that quickly.”
His outstanding contribution came in a bottom-of-the-table clash in Division One and left Bourne 2nd as the only side still to win a match.
He said: “I had a five-over spell after the first change and took 3-6.
“Then the skipper tried a few of the younger lads and said he’d bring me back on towards the end.
“We were happy with our total of 197, but Bourne were getting a little nearer than we would have liked.
“They were wanting about 70 off the last ten overs. That’s when I came back on and had another good spell.”
Deans has now taken 66 wickets this season and his latest figures will send him soaring up the bowling statistics leaderboard for the ECB network. Prior to the weekend he was listed in eighth place on websitte play-cricket.com
Deans’ five wickets on Sunday came in a Lincoln League match against North Scarle.
He said: “With the wet weather we’d had it was a perfect wicket for me. A couple of catches were dropped so it could have been even better for me.”