Gloucestershire left-arm quick bowler David Payne has been named as the Cricket World® County Player Of The Week after he took four wickets in four balls and returned figures of seven for 29 during a Clydesdale Bank 40 match against Essex.
Payne, yet to make his first-class debut for Gloucestershire, starred as the Gladiators bowled Essex out for 267. Having already dismissed Mark Pettini (4), Ryan ten Doeschate (84) and Graham Napier (6), Payne bowled the final over of the innings, in which five wickets were to fall.
The first four balls saw James Foster (10), Grant Flower (116), Tim Phillips (0) and Jaik Mickleburgh (0) all fall to catches and after a dot ball from the fifth delivery, Chris Martin was run out from the final ball of the innings.
There was, however, to be no happy ending to the day for Payne, as Gloucestershire went on to lose the game by 42 runs, Payne making 13 runs as they were bowled out for 225 in reply.
Payne's career-best performance outweighed the other contenders, among whom were Andrew Hodd, ten Doeschate, Jonathan Trott, Steven Patterson, Ben Sanderson and Alfonso Thomas.
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