Cricket: Kieran's record-breaking heroics in vain for New Milton

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First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

NEW Milton teenager Kieran Whittle shredded the Hampshire League record books – but still finished up on the losing side.

Whittle claimed career-best figures of nine for 24 – including a hat-trick – in New Milton’s Regional Division Two (West) clash with neighbours Sway.

But despite his exploits, the Green & Golds were condemned to a 65-run defeat by their fellow high-fliers at Fernhill Sports Ground.

Whittle, who plays for Hampshire under-15s, came on first change and reduced Sway from 43 without loss to 63 for six during his first spell.

The youngster removed openers Dan Stevenson and FJ Charlton, both bowled, before having Justin Connor caught by Nick Dyer-Smith.

Whittle, last season’s under-15 batsman of the year at New Milton, then snapped up Steve How, Casper Todd and Chris Hammond in quick succession for his hat-trick.

He was obliged to take a mandatory break after six overs – with figures of six for nine – before returning to help polish off Sway for 141.

Whittle accounted for top scorers David Marshall (30) and Sam Nailor (35) before completing his league-best haul by having last man Nathan David caught by Dyer-Smith.

One of only two batsmen to reach double figures in the New Milton reply, Whittle’s heroics failed to save the hosts as they were skittled for just 76 (Nailor 4-12).

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