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Aldridge's howler

How can a professional bowler possibly concede 12 runs off the final delivery to lose a match? Such a happening is so unlikely, but Graeme Aldridge, of Northern Districts, succeeded in January 2007. One of New Zealand's leading seamers, Aldridge managed to deliver a waist-high full toss to Andre Adams in a Twenty20 match at Hamilton when Auckland needed 12 to win. That was hit for four, with two added runs for the no-ball, and the extra ball was struck sweetly for six. In November 2009 Aldridge helped wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan by supplying half the wickets in a world record 12 catches in a first class match, against Central Districts at Whangarei, but he must cringe at any mention of his 2007 Seddon Park gaffe. He followed the Hamilton embarrassment with a modest season for Kendal in the Northern Premier League that summer.  

Posted by Charlie Randall
07/12/2009 17:28:35
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