A FATHER and son have pulled off what might be a unique cricketing feat for their local side. 

Richard and Oliver Sutton, who play for Wallasey's 2nd XI, managed to take all 10 wickets in their match against Birkenhead Park on Saturday, June 24.

Not only did they claim all the victims on offer but each bowler took five wickets, with Richard ending with figures of 5-18 while 14-year-old Oliver chipped in with 5-32. 

"It's a very proud moment for me," said Richard, 47. "I've been playing for Wallasey for a very long time but we've only started playng together in the 2nd XI this season.

"He's been bowling a lot of overs and playing well and has also been playing for Cheshire Under 14s."

Both father and son bowl leg spin, although Richard calls Oliver "a proper leg spinner."

"I encouraged him to be a spinner because he originally wanted to bowl quick but I knew he had something and that's what he's bowled for the last couple of years.

"I was bowling on the ground with him last night doing the old practice where you try and land the ball on a hankie.

"He lives and breaths cricket and is at the club virtually every day."

It was Oliver who removed the top three batters while dad wrapped up the tail as the deadly duo bowled in tandem to dismiss Birkenhead Park for 129 and seal a 42 run victory for their side. 

"My dad was also watching which was really nice," said Richard  "It feels like a pretty unique feat - so many things have to go your way - in that game there were three other bowlers who didn't take wickets."

Richard and Oliver both live within spitting distance of Wallsey's ground and dad is hopeful that Sutton junior can progress with his cricketing career.

"He got five wickets for Cheshire the other week against Durham which was a great moment for him," added Richard. 

"You always think about how long you will play cricket and obviously it will only be a finite time I get to play with him so I'm going to enjoy it while I can."