It's the ultimate redemption story.
After a "shocking" start to his over with the first three balls going for 10 runs, Port Fairy's Zac Arnott took his first ever hat-trick on Saturday.
"I was like 'I'm in trouble here, I'm in big trouble here after those first three balls, I've got to produce something'," he said.
"Thankfully, it just went right."
The paceman could have had four pegs from four balls if not for his captain Matthew Sheehan dropping a chance.
Arnott just missed out on a five-wicket haul and finished with a tidy 4-31.
His spell was pivotal to his division two side's first win of the season in the Warrnambool and District Cricket Association.
The bottom-ranked Pirates knocked over Allansford at Avery's Paddock.
Arnott's hat-trick certainly created buzz.
"It wasn't too over the top, just more a parade down the pitch and everyone got around me, it was great," he said.
"One of the boys nearly jumped clean over me.
"He was a bit excited, probably a bit more excited than I was at the time."
The hat-trick hero said he adjusted his bowling approach prior to his wicket spree.
"The over started off shocking with the first three balls going for 10, he actually spanked me around, I was too short," Arnott said.
The 27-year-old decided to bowl fuller.
"The first two (wicket) balls I finally got them up there and they just spooned them straight to mid-off," he said.
"Young Radushan (Mohan) has a good set of hands on him and wouldn't drop them for me."
He went full again on his hat-trick ball and it was middle skittle.
"It was a bit over a full toss but it just got through him and cleaned the stumps up which was fantastic," he said.
"No better way to do it I think, than to take it into your owns hands."
The Pirates were thrilled to snap a nine-match losing streak.
Arnott, who has played with the Pirates since he was 15, is optimistic about taking another hat-tick before his career is up.
"I reckon there's a good chance one day I might get close again," he said.
"We'll see how we go in the future.
"I just enjoy everything about cricket and love it when the ball gets chucked to me, when it does I try and make the most of it."
Country week strength
South West captain Todd Lamont believes the association has assembled its strongest Melbourne Country Week team in seven years.
The Mortlake premiership cricketer is confident it can push for division three honours.
"Last year we could've challenged and this year I definitely think we have the team to go all the way," he said. Brothers Fraser and Eddie Lucas (Bookaar), Lachlan Wareham (Mortlake), Grant Place (Pomborneit), Angus Uwland (Cobden), Paul Vogels (Heytesbury Rebels) and Steven Fisher (Camperdown) will represent South West.
Pomborneit's Jake Fishwick will make his debut for the association as will imports Matthew Smalley-Harris (Cobden), Muhammad Tahir (Heytesbury Rebels), Shaluka Silva (Camperdown) and Kasun Niranjana (Camperdown). Smalley-Harris will be the side's wicket-keeper.
"Everyone on the list bats and we have handy bowlers," Lamont said. "We have three spin options and three front-line bowling options. Lachlan and Angus will spearhead our attack and we'll look to bowl overs of spin in the middle."
South West starts its division three campaign against Bellarine Peninsula at Geelong Cricket Ground on Monday. Warrnambool and District, which is in division two, meets Warragul and District at Princes Park in Carlton on turf in round one.
In fine form
Two Melbourne Country Week bowling options will take confidence into Warrnambool's division two campaign. Port Fairy's Jason Perera (6-16) and Russells Creek's Joe Kenna (6-17) had games to remember on Saturday. Perera bowled three maidens in his nine-over spell against Nestles while Kenna bowled eight overs against Allansford. Warrnambool skipper Nick Butters will be hoping the dangerous duo can do likewise when its campaign starts on Monday.
WDCA team of the week
Ben Dobson (Wesley-CBC) 81 not out; Ben Threlfall (West Warrnambool) 58; Alex Strauch (Nestles) 52; Josh Barr (Dennington) 40; Mark Murphy (Brierly-Christ Church) 54 not out, 4-30; Joe Kenna (Russells Creek) 6-17; Jason Perera (Port Fairy) 6-16; Alex Jennings (Woodford) 4-4; Connor Richardson (Woodford) 3-4; Matt Bignall (Russells Creek) 3-18; Caleb Bidmade (Nestles) 3-22.
GCA team of the week
Justin Coates (Grassmere) 94 not out; Chris Arthur (Wangoom) 76; Todd McLean (Yambuk) 59; Justin Lynch (Grassmere) 58; Stephen Blacker (Panmure) 56; Jethro Serle (Wangoom) 53; Shanaka Perumpuli (Mailors Flat) 41; James North (Hawkesdale) 46 and 4-17; Harry Sinclair (Wangoom) 5-16; Tyson Umbers (Yambuk) 3-36; Daniel Jones (Mailors Flat) 3-36.
SWC team of the week
Muhammad Tahir (Heytesbury Rebels) 92; Tyler Schafer (Mortlake) 84; Fraser Lucas (Bookaar) 79; Eddie Lucas (Bookaar) 61; Jake Flynn (Terang) 68; Grant Place (Pomborneit) 47 not out; Kusan Niranjana (Camperdown) 2-5; Clinton Place (Pomborneit) 4-21; Lahiru Fernando (Pomborneit) 3-19; Noah Ackerley (Simpson) 4-21.