CRICKET: Six balls, six wickets - it's every bowler's dream.
Australian club cricketer Aled Carey will be telling his family and mates (and anyone else who will listen) for the rest of his life, after achieving this almost unheard-of feat in a Ballarat Cricket Association fourth-team fixture.
Playing for Golden Point against East Ballarat, Carey (29) had bowled eight unsuccessful overs, but fellow opener Mark Van De Heuvel had just claimed a wicket with his previous ball, as he took the ball for his fateful ninth.
First delivery saw the batsman edge to first slip, the next provided a catch to the wicket-keeper, while the third was adjudged leg before wicket.
Hat-trick celebrations had barely died down, when the fourth opponent was clean bowled ... and then the next ... and then the next!
That was seven wickets in seven balls for the Golden Point side, who went on to dismiss their opponents for 40 runs.
"A couple of times I've been pretty close to a hat-trick, probably three or four times in my life, but I've never been lucky enough to get that third one," Carey told The Courier Sport.
"I'm still in a bit of shock.
"It's something you don't see very often and I think this was just my lucky day. I don't think I'll ever do it again."
The two-day game is scheduled for conclusion next weekend.
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