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Lloyd Pope makes Sheffield Shield history with seven-for

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Young leg-spinner Lloyd Pope, who first made a big impression at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018, made history with returns of 7/87 in just his second first-class game.

Playing for South Australia, the 18-year-old delivered a spell featuring a mixed bag of leg-breaks and deceptive googlies to spin a web around a strong Queensland batting unit, bundling them for 231 on a fresh wicket.

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Lloyd Pope's historic 8/35 against England

In doing so, he became the youngest player in the 126-year history of the Sheffield Shield to take seven wickets in an innings, topping a record held by Doug Walters, who was 19 when he achieved a similar feat way back in the 1964-85 season.

Pope had first achieved international acclaim when he bamboozled England with 8/35 during their Under-19 World Cup match in Queenstown earlier this year. That spell ensured Australia went into the semi-finals even though they had set England just a modest 128 to win.

What makes Pope's latest feat even more special is that one of his victims included a well-set Joe Burns, who is very much on the national selectors' radar. Burns, batting on 64, was one of three batsmen to fall to Pope's googlies.

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Get to know Lloyd Pope

Pope's other victims were Sam Heazlett, Jack Wildermuth, Jimmy Peirson, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson and Brendan Doggett – four of whom have played for Australia.

Pope had failed to make too much of an impression in his debut first-class game, against New South Wales, taking just two tail-end wickets in the entire match, but this performance should give him the confidence to aim for greater heights.

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