Meet the 15-year-old who clean bowled Alastair Cook

The entire joyous collision of a Test nice and a eager younger fanatic took place as a result of Cook, although nonetheless taking part in for Essex, as soon as a year makes some extent of turning out for Bedfordshire Farmers. He is, in any case, a farmer himself. And he likes to do his bit for his friends. When Potton have been drawn to play the Farmers in the county cup, no one at the membership anticipated the nice man to make his one look towards them.

“But then we were in the changing room before the game and the umpire stuck his head round the door and said: you’re going to have a fun one, Cookie’s playing for them,” says Shackleton. “And we all just thought: oh my God we are in for a proper tapping.”

The format of the cup competitors is 12 eight-ball overs per aspect. Less a Test match, then, extra a slap, bang, wallop. Potton received the toss, elected to bat and whacked 154 for threww of their innings, the membership captain Sean Stevens hitting 105 not out. When Cook got here on to bowl for the final over, Stevens gave him no quarter, spanking his mild off-cutters for 14.

When it got here to Potton bowling, Shackleton was first change. Self-effacingly describing his bowling as “erratic and slow”, he nonetheless managed to have Bedfordshire Farmers’ No 4 batsman caught behind in his second over.

“I’m not sure many of my team-mates thanked me for that wicket,” he says. “Because the next man in was Alastair Cook.”

The former England captain was not hanging round, shortly accumulating 20 runs off 14 balls. 

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