South African spin-bowling all-rounder Sean Whitehead scripted a rare feat on Saturday as he picked up all ten wickets in an innings during a first-class match.
Playing for the South Western Districts in Division 2 of the ongoing 4-Day Franchise series, the 24-year-old registered figures of 10/36 to help his side bowl Easterns out for a mere 65 during their run-chase of 186 in Oudtshoorn.
Whitehead's figures of 10/36 are the second-best in the history of South African domestic cricket. The record for the best-ever figures in a first-class innings still belongs to leg-spinner Bert Vogler.
Vogler claimed 10/26 while playing for Eastern Province against Griqualand West in Johannesburg back in December 2006.
By all accounts, Whitehead played a near-perfect game. He started things off by scoring a crucial 106-ball 66 with the help of five fours and a couple of sixes to help his side post a total of 242 in the first innings.
He then proceeded to claim a five-wicket-haul at the cost of 64 runs to ensure Easterns managed a slender 8-run lead.
Sean Whitehead represented South Africa in the 2016 U-19 World Cup
Whitehead was once again in the thick of things during South Western's second innings as he scored yet another crucial 45 (off 81 balls) while batting at No.8.
However, it was his second essay with the ball which ensured he etched his name in history books. The young spinner walked past Eastern's batting order to knock them over for 65. He took just 12.1 overs to bag all ten wickets.
For the uninitiated, Whitehead was part of the South African U-19 team which participated in the 2016 World Cup held in India.
Overall, he has featured in a total of 13 First-Class, 10 List-A and 9 T20s respectively. The spin-bowling all-rounder has scored 584 runs across formats, besides claiming 57 wickets respectfully.
As far as international cricket is concerned, only two bowlers have achieved the feat of taking 10 wickets in a single innings. The first man to achieve the rare record was England spinner Jim Laker.
Laker achieved the feat against Australia in 1956. He claimed a total of 19 wickets in the match which still remains a record.