There are good overs and then there are perfect overs.
And on Saturday, Golden Point opening bowler Aled Carey pulled off an exceptionally rare case of the latter in a fourth grade Ballarat Cricket Association fixture.
With East Ballarat faring reasonably well at 1-40, Carey’s new ball partner Mark van de Heuvel took his second scalp, and may well have thought it was he who was in for a bag of wickets on Saturday.
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But immediately after van de Heuvel’s breakthrough on the last ball of the 17th over, Carey needed just the six balls of the 18th over to wrap up the innings.
The 29-year-old began the rare feat by having No.3 Nate Rieniets caught in the slip-cordon, before completing his hat-trick, the first of his 14-year career, with a caught-behind and then an lbw.
By then, it became a procession of batsman walking on and off Sparrow Ground, as Carey bowled the next three batsmen to complete a quadruple hat-trick (six wickets in six balls), making it seven wickets in seven balls for Golden Point.
And Carey was denied the chance to continue his wicket-taking streak, with East Ballarat only having nine players available to bat.
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“A bit of luck really I think,” Carey told The Courier when asked to explain his incredible day.
“On a couple of occasions, I’ve been pretty close (to a hat-trick), three or four times throughout my life.
“But I’ve never been lucky enough to get that third one in a row.
“To go to the extent that I have now, I’m pretty happy.
“I’m still in shock at the moment. I don’t think I’ll ever do it again.”
While we’ve seen bowlers denied 10-wicket hauls in club cricket this summer by run-outs, and freakish fielding, Nathaniel Campbell finished one short of that magical milestone in even more frustrating fashion on the weekend.
Backing up his first-innings bag of four wickets, Campbell helped set up an outright victory for Imperials in the Traralgon and District Cricket Assocation A Grade competition with a devastating spell.
Gormandale had no answers for the leg-spinner, who accounted for their top, middle and lower-order, but the innings came to an early finish as No.11 Nathan Heard, who was out stumped to Campbell in his side’s first-innings, was absent.
In Adelaide, there was a cracking run chase in Woodville’s SACA Premier Cricket match with Prospect.
Thanks to a superb double-century from 20-year-old English recruit Joe Weatherley (220 not out), Woodville reached 2-419 declared and surely must have thought their tally would be enough.
But a club record second wicket partnership of 288 between Prospect’s Sam Miller (146) and Fynn Hudson-Prentice (140) set them up for a stunning victory.
And after recovering from 8-354 thanks to a couple of lower-order cameos, the visitors needed just two to win with two wickets in hand.
But spinner Tom Andrews and then quick Carl Tietjiens broke through to seal a thrilling one-run win in a rollercoaster of a game.
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2. Mason Crane 7-116 Gordon, NSW
3. Sam Miller 146 Prospect, SA
4. Henry Hall 6-28 St Kilda, VIC
5. Matt Wilcox 6-36 Prahran, VIC
WOMEN’S PREMIER CRICKET TOP FIVE
1. Elizabeth Bain 6-13 Kingborough, TAS
2. Sarah Addison 5-14 South Perth CC, WA
3. Megan Banting 85 Subiaco Floreat, WA
4. Bhavisha Devchand 80 & 2-20 Midland Guildford, WA
5. Taneale Peschel 80 Midland Guildford, WA
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