Aled Carey has produced a feat that most cricketers will never witness in their lifetime.
Playing for the Golden Point fourths in the Ballarat Cricket Association on Saturday, the 29-year-old opening bowler started tidily, but was unable to manage a breakthrough from his first eight overs, which went for just 20 runs.
But his luck changed. And in a big way.
Carey’s ninth over is one to savour. He took six wickets in six balls to dismiss an undermanned East Ballarat for a total of 40.
His initial hat-trick was brought up with a catch in slips, a catch by the wicket-keeper and then an LBW, before bowling his final three victims.
Amazingly, the last seven balls of the Hawks’ innings all resulted in dismissals, with Carey’s fellow opener Mark Van De Heuvel – the Golden Point president – claiming a wicket with the last delivery of his ninth over.
The two-day encounter at Sparrow Ground continues next weekend.