PLYMPTON paceman Imran Ali Pasha wrote his name into the record books with an eight-wicket haul in the 105-run win over visiting Hatherleigh.
For Imran’s eight-for- nine haul goes straight in at number four in the divisional record books.
Tenyson Roach’s 10 for 16 against Bideford (2007) remains the all-time best, followed by Danny Webster’s nine for 12 for Plymouth CS against Exeter St James (1985) and Aqeel Ahmed’s eight for eight for Barton against Braunton in 2008.
Imran displaces Braunton’s John Barnett (8-15, 2007) in the all-time list.
“Imran was unplayable and bowled beautifully, well supported by Ryan and Jamie,” said skipper Dan Robotham.
“Our attitude in the field was much more focused from last week and Imran really showed his class with the ball.”
Conditions are Harewood House were difficult for batters as the pitch was wet and the ball not carrying.
Plympton had to work hard for their tally of 143 for seven in 50 overs, which was a better total than it looked.
Opener David Ackford faced 74 balls making 21 – and Jeremy Williams was out there two balls longer for his 38.
Christian Bunney (14 off 56) and Matt Gregory(18) stuck around at the end to deny Hatherleigh extra bowling points.
“For me it was great to see the batters getting their heads down and working hard for their runs,” said Robotham.
“By no means an easy wicket to bat on, but the guys dug in and applied themselves brilliantly.
“Dave and Jez (Williams) showed great patience and skill to get us up to what we thought was a very defendable total backed up down the order well by Bunney, Gregory and Donohue.”
Hatherleigh’s bowlers put in some mean spells with Matt Thomas, Geoff Lake and Chris Jelly all going for little more than two an over.
Teriq Worrall had two for 20 and Anna Cherrington had Williams stumped.
Cherrington was the first of Imran’s victims – bowled first ball with the score on two.
Jelley (15) was the only batsman to reach double figures as Pasha worked his way down the order.
Of the rest of the batting only Danny Forrester, Geoff Lake and Ryan Davies scored runs. The other seven didn’t get a run between them.
Ryan Skinner and Jamie Lee were the other Plympton wicket takers.
Hatherlegh skipper Mark Lake won’t be dwelling long on the battering from Pakistani paceman Imran Ali Pasha.
Said Lake: “Imran was bowling halfway down the track and most of the time the ball was just shooting along the ground.
“All his wickets were either bowled or lbw and the ball didn’t hit the stumps above halfway up.
“Of course it is disappointing to get rolled out for 38, but we will put it down to one of those things.
“We bowled well to make Plympton work hard for their runs and I was pleased by that.
“Imran is probably the best bowler of his kind in our division and knew how to exploit the conditions and where to bowl, which was just back of a length.”