In the recently completed ACT 1st Grade round on Saturday, Western District’s coach Blake Dean followed up his 180 of 127 balls (which included 20 fours and 8 sixes) by taking 7 for 53 of 24.1 overs in North Canberra-Gungahlin’s 2nd Innings.
By doing this he joined the select band of just 16 players who had previously did this in ACT 1st Grade matches. The feat has occurred 18 times in ACT 1st Grade matches with Lorne Lees and Lisle Maloney achieving the feat on two occasions.
The previous player who achieved this feat was Dean’s teammate Ethan Bartlett who made 141 and took 5 for 31 against Weston Creek Molonglo at Manuka Oval in 2018/19.
In terms of runs scored and wickets taken, it was the highest score and second best bowling figures. The only equivalent achievement was in 1961/62 when Malcolm Wheeler playing for Queanbeyan against Manuka-Yarralumla scored 150 not out and took 7 for 83.
The complete list of those scoring a century and taking 5 wickets in an innings in ACT 1st Grade is below: