Nick Gooden, a Victorian third-grade cricketer, has shocked the world by taking a triple hat-trick (5 scalps from 5 deliveries). Yallourn North achieved the feat two balls after bagging a hat-trick against Latrobe in the Central Gippsland cricket last Saturday (October 28).
Gooden finished with figures of 8 for just 17, having taken those 8 wickets in just 10 balls. He, unsurprisingly, led his side to the victory. 6 of those 8 batsmen were bowled out by Nick. One of the other two was a run out and Gooden took the catch of the remaining one, meaning he had a hand in 9 of the opposition’s 10 wickets.
The Victorian, known for his medium pace, had only just returned after a year-long injury. Uoon this astonshing feat, he thanked the groundsmen for preparing a green top and facilitating his extraordinary effort.
Gooden said, “There’s nothing special about it – there’s definitely no pace involved. The general plan when we got out there was just to get off as quick as we could so we could get on the frothies. I said to the boys ‘let’s just roll through these guys and get off and have a beer. I think we were having a beer at about three o’clock.”
But it wasn’t all rosy for Nick in the match as he went out for a golden duck when he opened the innings. On this incident; he said, “It was pretty embarrassing. I came off and thought to myself ‘I hate cricket, I’m never playing again’. We have been struggling a fair bit for numbers and it was the first time for a season and a half that we’d won two games in one weekend, so it was an extra good feeling around the club”.