South Africa‘s Sean Whitehead has achieved the distinction of picking up all 10 wickets in a first-class innings when he single-handedly bowled out the opposition in a Division 2 game of the ongoing First-Class tournament, 4-Day Franchise Series 2021-22 in Oudtshoorn.
Playing for South Western Districts, the left-arm spinner returned with staggering figures of 10 for 36 to help bowl out Easterns for 65 in a chase of 186. Two of his dismissals were bowled, three lbw, while five batsmen were dismissed caught.
Sean Whitehead’s figures of 10/36 are the second-best in the history of South African domestic cricket, behind legspinner Bert Vogler’s 10 for 26 for Eastern Province against Griqualand West in Johannesburg, way back in 1906.
Sean Whitehead all-round show stuns Easterns
Before picking up the innings 10-fer, the all-rounder had troubled the Easterns earlier in the game. He registered scores of 66 and 45 in the two batting innings and snared a five-wicket haul in the first innings of his bowling before coming on to dismantle the Easterns with a 10-wicket haul in the second innings. Sean Whitehead’s incredible game helped his side to a thumping 120-run win.
The 24-year-old was a member of the South Africa squad at the 2016 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. Then he played all six of his team’s matches and picked up six wickets at an average of 26.00.
Sean Whitehead now has 39 wickets in 13 first-class games at an average of 25.64 and 481 runs at 37.00.
The last bowler to pick up all 10 wickets in a first-class innings in South African domestic cricket was the seamer Mario Olivier, who took 10 for 65 for Warriors against Eagles in December 2007.
The best-ever bowling figures recorded in a first-class innings, according to ESPNcricinfo’s data, is by H Verity, who registered astonishing figures of 10/10 while playing for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire at Leeds in 1932.