Camperdown bowler claims triple hat-trick

HIS feat will become a part of Camperdown Cricket Club folklore and those who witnessed it are unlikely to forget it any time soon.

But left-arm paceman Darcy Hinkley reckons he will quickly move on after taking a stunning triple hat-trick — five wickets in five balls.

Hinkley, 19, was yesterday coming to terms with his performance in a South West Cricket (SWC) division three match against Noorat on Saturday.

He dismissed five Noorat batsmen across two overs en route to season-best figures of 5-10 from five overs at Camperdown Turf.

The wickets were ultimately in vain as Noorat won by 77 runs. But they gave Hinkley, an apprentice butcher, a day to remember.

“I was amazed I got the hat-trick at the start,” he said.

“I was happy with the hat-trick, then two other wickets fell. 

“It was pretty remarkable.”

But Hinkley said he would not rest with a sense of satisfaction at taking a triple hat-trick.

“I’m not that kind of person,” he said. 

“I always think I can strive to be better with my cricket, or any sport I play.

“Rather than sitting back and gloating about it, or even thinking about it, it passes me by.

“I got five wickets in five balls. Cricket is a funny game, you can do that one week and struggle the next week.”

Noorat was seemingly cruising at 4-195 in the 36th over, thanks to opener Dean Abbott (87) and Damian Coolahan (59), before Hinkley struck.

He grabbed his first scalp by bowling Abbott with the last ball of his fourth over, giving the Lakers a sense of relief in the searing heat.

Wayne Riches conceded seven runs off the next over before Hinkley took the ball again and a remarkable chain of events unfolded.

His first ball bowled Jack McConnell for nine, his second had Jacob Lee caught behind for a golden duck, his third removed Dominic Kenna LBW for a golden duck and his fourth bowled Michael Williams for a golden duck.

Dylan Jones came in at number 11 and managed to avoid the fate of his teammates by blocking out the next delivery.

“He wasn’t even ready,” Hinkley said.

“He came in with no gloves, a bat, no helmet and one pad because he was doing square leg at the time.

“I looked up as I was about to bowl and stopped and asked where his gear was. 

“He said ‘I didn’t have time . . . I wandered off the ground and wandered back on’.”

Jordan Riches took the last wicket of the innings in the next over, that of Scott Coverdale for two, as Noorat was all out for 202.

The score proved to be easily enough, with Camperdown labouring to 123 all out. 

Tom Cheslett top-scored with 43, while Abbott took 3-8. But the day belonged to Hinkley. 

He played in the Lakers’ division two side for the past three weeks before it had a bye on Saturday.

“The captain of division two, Jye McLaughlin, said ‘I want to keep you in form but I’ll get you back up the week after’,” he said.

“When he said that I was worried if I didn’t perform or get wickets, I might not go back up.”

Hinkley is the second bowler in SWC history to take five wickets in five balls.

Pomborneit paceman Mark Boyd achieved the feat in an A grade match against Simpson in February 2002.

Boyd, who was a regular in the Bulls’ seconds at the time, finished with 7-14 from six overs.

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