June 12, 2011

13-year-old takes two hat-tricks in one game

Liam Brickhill

A 13-year-old Cambridgeshire schoolboy has written his name into the record books by taking two hat-tricks in successive overs to bowl his team to victory. Josh Fox, from Chatteris, didn’t concede a run in the two wicket-taking overs and helped skittle the opposition for just 14. The feat is extremely rare in professional cricket, and appears to have only happened once in English first-class cricket – way back in 1907.

"I was just bowling straight and aiming for the feet. I was gobsmacked," he told The Cambs Times. “I have never played in a game like that and it’s probably the only time I ever will.”

"I was on the phone to his dad at the time telling him how Josh was doing,” added Marie, the boy’s mother. "I saw him take the first one, then another, and he just kept going before I could get off the phone. He just got on with it really and he didn't take any praise. We're a cricketing family - and he'd love to play professionally when he's older."

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town

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