MOST bowlers never achieve a hat-trick in their lifetime but young Chatteris 13-year-old Josh Fox pulled off the feat not once but twice in two overs in a recent game.
Josh has written himself into the record books while playing for March under 13s in a game against Waterbeach without conceding a single run.
His first hat-trick came off the fifth and sixth balls of his opening over and the first ball of his second.
He then followed that up with a second hat-trick off the fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries.
Waterbeach were bowled out for just 14 in 6.4 overs with March winning by seven wickets.
Five of Josh’s victims were clean bowled and the youngster, who also plays with his dad Peter for Chatteris thirds, commented: “I bowled the first three batsmen and the fourth was caught in the slips and the last two were bowled too. I just bowled pretty straight and had had a bit of luck.”
His father Peter, an opening bat for Chatteris, admitted: “He has always been keen to play cricket but I thought he would be a decent batsmen but he likes bowling too and is now a good all-rounder. He plays for March because Chatteris do not have an under 13 team.”
Josh showed his batting prowess scoring 49 runs against Wisbech under 13s in his next game last Thursday but just finished on the losing team in the last over. But his right arm pace bowling did not fare so well and he did not take a wicket in his three overs.
He explained: “I bowled a bit too short in the first over and got hit for a few runs.”