March all-rounder hails ‘special’ wicket after bowling England star Kevin Pietersen
MARCH all-rounder Rob Woolley claimed the biggest wicket of his cricketing career last week when he cleaned up England’s Kevin Pietersen.
Cambridge MCCU captain Woolley bowled Ashes-winning Pietersen for 48 to help the university team to a stunning 10-wicket victory over shell-shocked Surrey on Friday.
More than 200 fans watched the three-day game at Fenners as Woolley, 20, took 3-54 to devastate Surrey’s second innings. It was a match which saw Pietersen return to the Surrey side as captain for his first game since the World Cup.
Woolley said: “It was very special. It was quite surreal really. He just seemed to miss it and the place erupted - everyone went crazy.
“It was such a shock and I just looked around for the nearest person to hug. He’s one of the best cricketers in the world but I just went as hard as I could at him.
“It only takes one ball to get someone out whoever they are.
“He just shook my hand after the game, smiled at me and said well played. We were both captains and that was a special moment. I’m sure I will be telling this story for years to come.”
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Woolley, who has taken two wickets and scored more than 100 runs for March this season, also plays for Lancashire’s second string. He said the prize wicket could boost his chances of securing a professional contract.
“It’s definitely a good wicket to have under my belt,” he said. “This is a big season for me.
“It’s still not really sunk in yet. County sides don’t often lose to university sides and it was an honour to captain a team that has done it.
“We have been part of history really - people will talk about that win for a long time.”
March return to action tomorrow when they host Tucker Gardner Premier Division One league leaders Ramsey at The Avenue.
Pietersen will hope to return to international action on Thursday when England play their first test against Sri Lanka.