Willie Ludick's Stag's teammates say he will bounce back from his horror show against the Knights this week Photo: Barry Whitnall/Shuttersport NZ.

Nelson bowler’s unwanted record

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Nelson’s Willie Ludick is the official holder of the most unwanted world record in cricket.
Willie conceded 43 runs in his final over of the Stags Ford trophy clash with the Knights in Hamilton yesterday, the most in any first-class match in history.

Knights batsmen Joe Carter and Brett Hampton took the youngster to the cleaners, Willie’s nightmare eight deliveries going for 4, 6+nb, 6+nb, 6, 1, 6, 6, 6.

The ACOB all-rounder finished with figures of 85/1 off his ten as the Knights posted 313.

Teammate and fellow South African expat Dean Foxtcroft, who played junior cricket with Willie, says the 21-year-old “bowled awesome the whole innings and was unlucky in that last over”.

Dean, who scored an unbeaten 120 during the Stag’s unsuccessful chase of 314, says dropping both Joe and Brett early on put the bowlers under pressure.

“If we took them, we would have easily won the game and that wouldn’t have happened.”

Prior to the fateful over, Willie had respectable figures of 1/42 from nine.

Dean says the Stags will back Willie to recover from the record run fest.

“We all support him, he is an aggressive bowler, he likes to be in your face and likes to take wickets, but it didn’t go his way on Wednesday.”

Dean says Willie is a “strong guy” and he will bounce back.

“Maybe he will take five wickets next game.”

The news will be welcomed by Bangladesh bowler Alauddin Babu who was the previous record holder having gone for 39 in an over against Zimbabwe in 2013.

Waimea batsman Greg Hay got the Stags off to a solid start with a knock of 46 but the Stags fell 25 runs short and remain bottom of the domestic one-day table.