Cricketing duo bags hat tricks
TWO young bowlers have achieved what many in their league aspire to, with each racking up a hat trick - and within the first half of the cricket season.
Both members of the Diggers cricket club, Kane Saunders and Luke Cullen said while they were always trying to get a wicket, they were surprised at the result.
For 16-year-old Kane, he had to be informed about his triple wicket.
"I got two wickets in one game - I can't remember who it was against, it was possibly Maryvale - but afterwards I didn't bowl for about five or six weeks," he said.
"The next time I got a wicket was on the first ball in the first over."
The spin bowler, who has been playing for the Diggers for just one year, said he couldn't remember how the wickets were taken.
"The third wicket was against Wheatvale - hopefully I'll be able to repeat it again," he said.
Fellow bowler/batsman Luke said his wickets were in retaliation to a strong bowler in the opposition who got him out.
"I was playing in a Davis Shield match and got out for two sixes," he said.
"And the next two bowls I got a wicket at the start of the next over, which was the start of my hat trick."
Two of the wickets were bowled and the third was caught.
The 21-year-old said it felt "pretty good" when the third wicket was taken.
Seasoned cricket player Michael Bourke said having two hat tricks in one season was "fairly rare".
"It's not very often you see hat tricks over two different matches. They're probably more the unofficial type - official ones are in the one game," he said.
"But still, you might get one hat trick every three seasons, and to have two in one season, well you don't see it that often in club cricket.
"You probably average one every three to four years."
Bourke said Saunders and Cullen were indicative of the new crop of players coming through the ranks, saying there was "a fair few" good ones staying in the game.
"All sports have a drop-out rate when they reach the end of school age and go off to work or university," he said.
"If you can keep them in that age group, and keep them playing after they turn 16, then hopefully they'll stay."