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Monday, June 29, 2020
The Day Hunt Stole the Show for Aberdeenshire

Over the many years of the game being played at Mannofield, cricket lovers have been able to appreciate one of the best facilities in the Scottish game as well as some sterling performances from Aberdeenshire players with bat and ball.

Despite some astonishing heroics at the renowned Mannofield ground, a report in the Evening Express from the month of July 1939 suggests the most amazing individual performance by an Aberdeenshire all-rounder was in West Lothian, or more specifically Linlithgow.

The occasion was a one-day league game in which the home county met the Mannofield men, who had in their ranks a Bermudan all-rounder who took a liking to the picturesque little ground of Boghall, leaving his mark in the record book for all time.

Alma Hunt, a left-handed batsman, and the right-handed bowler was given the first opportunity to bowl for the visitors after West Lothian were put into bat.

He then proceeded to bowl right through the home innings, performing a one-man demolition job on the home side, ending up with the remarkable figures of seven wickets for 11 from 11.7 overs, six of which were maidens, bowling out the bemused Boghall side for a paltry 48.

There was during an ongoing experiment with eight ball overs, which meant Hunt had delivered 103 balls, while only conceding 11 runs.

Far from being tired, Hunt, 28, then opened the batting for Shire in the company of TA Findlay, and after only 25 minutes were back in the pavilion job done, ready for a refreshment before the long journey back to Aberdeen.

But while both openers were not out when they registered their 10 wicket win, Findlay had astonishingly failed to score, leaving his fellow batsman to score all 49 runs.
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