Five wickets in six balls for Bovey Tracey's young left armer Sam England

Sam England, who took five wickets in and over and four in four balls for Bovey Tracey against Yelverton

OVER and almost out! That was Yelverton’s batsman after Bovey Tracey’s Sam England had finished with them.

The stage was set for a nail-biting finish at Yelverton’s moorland ground where the home side needed 13 to win from the last two overs of the match against Bovey with six wickets in hand.

Bovey Tracey 3rd XI skipper Andy Bishop thought it might be worth giving England another spell to shake things up. He certainly did that.

England, who is 15, responded with a wicket with his first ball and took four more in the over to change the match. He finished with six wickets for 36 runs conceded.

“Sam hit the stumps with the first ball, the second one was a dot, then he took four wickets in as many balls,” said opening batsman Richard Wyatt-Haines.

“The last wicket was lbw – all the others were bowled.

“I have never been in a match before with four wickets falling in an over, never mind five.

“Yelverton needed 13 to win from the last over with their last two batsmen in. They got ten of them, so we won by three runs. It probably wasn’t the ending they were expecting!”

England started playing cricket aged nine while at Blackpool Primary School, near the family home in Liverton.

The Year 10 South Dartmoor Community College student was a member of the college U15 team who won the National Chance to Compete title last September at Northants CCC.

“Along with a group of friends – Ben Goble, Charlie Clifford-Bourne, Taylor Ingham-Hill and Alfie Tucker – they all started playing for Bovey around the same time,” said Sam’s dad Tony, who also played in the game at Yelverton.

“They have all been playing in men’s cricket since 13 and have worked their way up from the 4th XI.

“It was Sam’s first game in the 3rd XI and it is one he won’t forget.”