Steve?s magical day

Nana Glen bowler Steve Cleary reflects on his four wickets in four balls against Northern Districts last Saturday.
Nana Glen bowler Steve Cleary reflects on his four wickets in four balls against Northern Districts last Saturday.

NANA Glen second grade bowler Steve Cleary entered rare company on Saturday when he snared four wickets in four balls ? a double hat-trick ? against Northern Districts at High Street.

Cleary, a medium-pace swing bowler playing his first full season of second grade, destroyed Northern Districts' innings, claiming the red-hot figures of 6-9 off six overs.

Going into his sixth over, 26-year-old Cleary had figures of 2-9 before his double hat-trick wrapped up Northern Districts' innings. That means he can add to his record if he gets to bowl in the second innings this Saturday.

"The fourth wicket finished their innings, so hopefully I can make it five or six (wickets in a row) on Saturday," he said.

Yesterday, he was still coming to grips with the achievement.

"I have been playing since I was about seven but I have never done anything like that before," Cleary said.

"I've taken two wickets in two balls plenty of times, but I've never been able to finish it off.

"When I took the fourth wicket, I nearly fell over, I couldn't believe it.

"It didn't really sink in until I went out to umpire when we were batting, I was standing there and thought 'beauty'."

The first and last victims of Cleary's double hat-trick where not over the moon about their roles in Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association folklore.

"To be a part of it just shows what a dud batsman I am," Harwinder Sandhu, the first of the four batsmen dismissed, said.

"He bowled very well, he was swinging it a mile.

"All my team-mates were saying it (the double hat-trick) was my fault because I started it."

The last wicket of the double hat trick, Sonny Basra, paid tribute to Cleary.

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