Owzat! Fenland teenager bowls TWO hat-tricks in one innings
A YOUNG cricketer has written himself into the record books by taking TWO hat-tricks in one innings – a feat only achieved by a handful.
Not only did Josh Fox, 13, from Chatteris, take three wickets in three balls twice but he did it without conceding a run in two overs of pace bowling.
Hugh Chevallier, from Wisden – cricket’s bible of statistics dating back to the mid-19th century – said taking two hat-tricks in an innings was so rare it had only happened twice in first-class cricket and only once in England, in 1907.
He said: “It’s an amazing achievement. It’s an incredibly rare feat and it’s never happened in international cricket. People dream of taking one hat-trick let alone two in two overs.”
Josh recorded his staggering haul for March Under-13s last Wednesday, taking wickets with the fifth and sixth balls of his opening over and the first, fourth, fifth and sixth deliveries of his second.
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Cromwell Community College student Josh said: “I was just bowling straight and aiming for their feet. I was gobsmacked. I never thought I’d get that many wickets in one game in my whole life.
“As soon as I got my hat-trick everyone told me to try to get another ... so I did.”
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Five of Josh’s victims were bowled while one was caught at slip as shell-shocked opponents Waterbeach crumbled for 14.
The teenager dismissed batsmen so quickly that the teams contested another hastily-organised game afterwards to use up the time.
Josh, who plays alongside his dad Pete in Chatteris’ third team, said: “I have never played in a game like that and it’s probably the only time I ever will.
“I don’t think I can beat it. I might try to get another double hat-trick in the next game or maybe bowl everyone out.”
Proud mum Marie watched from the sidelines, giving Josh’s dad updates over the phone.
Mr Fox said: “My wife couldn’t hang up because he kept taking more wickets. I went on to the internet after it happened and realised how rare it was.
“He’s just taken it all in his stride. I told him that it doesn’t happen very often but he thought nothing of it.”
A delighted Mrs Fox said: “We always thought he was more of a batsman.”