NANA Glen captain Andrew Mainey had one of those days most bowlers dream about but few ever get the chance to enjoy on Saturday.
Mainey single-handedly bowled his side to victory over Bellingen at Connell Park, taking the incredible figures of 8-52 from 14.3 overs to rout the home side for 130.
Statistics obtained by the Coffs Coast Advocate reveal Mainey's figures are the third best in first grade over the last decade, behind Michael Bailey's 8-27 for West Coffs against Diggers in 2002 and Andrew Murray's 8-33 for Colts against West Coffs in the same season.
However, Mainey's herculean effort is still well short of Bucca bowler Merv Jamieson's 10-49 in 1966, which are the best recorded first grade figures in the Coffs Harbour and District Cricket Association. "It's nice to have a record like that and it's definitely not something I expected," Mainey said.
"There aren't too many bowlers who think they will ever pull something like that off, I know I didn't.
"My plan was just to tie them down, hold the runs back and build pressure. I thought if I could do that, they would be the ones to make the mistakes."
Bellingen captain Chris Moran noted that Mainey was getting plenty of movement in the air, despite the dry conditions not favouring swing bowling.
However, Mainey said the ball wasn't hooping as much as other times throughout the season.
"There was a bit of movement, but not a lot," Mainey said.
"I was getting it to go in and out, which made it easy to play a few mind games with the bats- men though."
Mainey's wicket-haul was the start of a huge weekend for the 28-year-old, who produced a fine double of 3-42 and 55 from 39 balls for Coffs Harbour against Manning on Sunday.