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Bowler takes nine wickets for just eight runs

ON TARGET: Steve Pugh has achieved a feat most cricketers will only ever dream of, taking nine wickets in an innings.
ON TARGET: Steve Pugh has achieved a feat most cricketers will only ever dream of, taking nine wickets in an innings. Mike Richards

GLADSTONE cricketer Steve Pugh has joined elite cricket company by taking nine wickets while conceding a measly eight runs.

That's right - Pugh dismissed all but one of the opposing side's batsmen while conceding the equivalent of just two boundaries.

It is a feat only 19 international cricketers have ever achieved.

Playing for the BITS Saints B-grade side, Pugh demolished his Brothers opponents.

But he was playing the accomplishment down, saying there was no secret formula to his bowling.

"I don't bowl fast or do anything with the ball," he said. "I was thinking 'just bowl, put it on the spot'."

Pugh has more talent than he is letting on though, with him registering more than one good performance leading up to the incredible nine-wicket haul.

In two of his previous three matches, he has taken six wickets, including a hat-trick and another three-wicket performance.

It marks an amazing start to his cricket career, considering Pugh is only out to play around with his Aussie rules mates.

"It is a good excuse to catch up on a Sunday," he said. "We are just playing B-grade with all the footy boys."

It is possible Pugh might be plucked from the team to go higher in the grades if his bowling continues to crush opponents.

With figures of 20/53 this season and taking a wicket every seven-and-a-half balls, his bowling is making a stir.

Saints captain Lucas Hall is not keen on losing his star bowler, but said he would like to see Pugh have a go in the higher grades.

"He is not going anywhere," he joked. "No, if they want to choose him, we would like to see it.

"He is niggly, he just puts it on the spot. And he loves a bit of chirp when he bowls."

Cricket's greatest hauls

G. Lohmann - 9/28 in 1986

S. Barnes - 9/103 in 1913

A Mailey - 9/121 in 1921

J. Laker - 10/53 in 1956

J. Laker - 9/37 in 1956

H. Tayfield - 9/113 in 1957

S. Gupte - 9/109 in 1958

J. Patel - 9/69 in 1959

J. Noreiga - 9/95 in 1971

S. Nawaz - 9/86 in 1979

K. Dev - 9/83 in 1983

R. Hadlee - 9/52 in 1985

A Qadir - 9/56 in 1987

D. Malcolm - 9/57 in 1994

M. Muralitharan - 9/65 in 1998

A. Kumble - 9/65 in 1999

M. Muralitharan - 9/51 in 2002

H. Herath- 9/127 in 2014

S Pugh - 9/8 in 2014

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