Richard Turpie has kept the ball.
It still has some shine.
It is in his room at his parents’ Lyndhurst farm, and it is the ball with which, almost single-handed, he wrecked the batting of Otago Country.
Richard, 18, and just finished high school (Christ’s College) opened the bowling for Mid Canterbury in a two-day Hawke Cup zone 4 elimination match.
Otago Country in its second turn at bat, needed 140.
Richard reckoned on most days, that would be possible.
But it had been raining, and the pitch was “doing plenty”.
He made the most of it, finishing with eight wickets off nine overs and conceding just 13 runs.
That followed his first innings effort of 14 overs, five maidens, 26 runs for three wickets.
But as good as his second innings figures are, Richard is not celebrating yet.
“I’m just trying to improve. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself; it’s about backing it up.”
Mid Canterbury plays North Otago this weekend, and Richard is hoping to bowl well.
He says he aimed for movement through the air and off the pitch rather than fierce pace.
The right-arm bowler also managed 28 with the bat in the second innings, but just one in the first.
He is keen to keep working on his batting and cricket in general.
He has been playing cricket since he was 7, first at Lauriston, then Mt Hutt College, then at Christ’s.
So, the figures Richard are not likely to forget are JMJ Meade, bowled Turpie 4, CJ Jackson, bowled Turpie 0, TJ McCormick, caught sub, bowled Turpie 1, BJ Andrews-Kennedy, lbw Turpie 0, JW Pyle, lbw Turpie 0, BJ White, lbw Turpie 0, SG Blakely, lbw Turpie 0.
Otago Country, with the help of fellow bowlers DFS Biggs and AW Hooper, skittled Otago Country for 36 in 113 balls.