STEVE McComb has been astonished by the reaction after producing arguably the most amazing batting feat in the history of cricket.

The 54-year-old was batting for Dorchester, who needed 35 off the final over to win their Oxfordshire Cricket Association Division 4 clash, and proceeded to hit an amazing 40 runs.

The unfortunate bowler was Swinbrook's Mihai Cucos, who helped in this historic feat by bowling two no-balls.

Cucos started with a no-ball which McComb dispatched for six.

The second ball also went for six, before Cucos responded with a yorker, from which McComb was unable to score.

Ball four, the third legitimate delivery, went for four, followed by another no-ball, which also flew to the boundary.

The next two deliveries were also sent over the ropes for six, leaving the scores level with one ball left.

Swinbrook brought the field in, but 54-year-old McComb advanced down the pitch to hit his fifth six of the over, bringing up his century and the unlikeliest of securing a three-wicket victories.

McComb, who finished on 104 not out to take his side past the hosts' 243-8, said: “It was an amazing end to the game.

"Lots of people have been in touch since Saturday and the whole team has been surprised by how much interest it has generated.

"I knew I had nothing to lose in the final over and the boundaries weren’t huge, so I knew there was a slim chance.

“I really do struggle with my ankle so it’s no exaggeration to say that my only options in the closing stages of the innings were to hobble a single or try to swing towards cow corner.

“Luckily the boundary was so small Ben Stokes would’ve hit it into the next village," added McComb who has been playing for Dorchester for more than 20 years.

Among those playing for Swinbrook was George Grace – a distance descendent of the legendary WG Grace – who struck a classy 117.

Grace then claimed 4-37 in his 12 overs, leaving Dorchester struggling – before Mc|Comb came in to write his own piece of cricket history.


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