Hat tricks are rare, treasured items for any cricketer - but Doncaster Town’s James Stuart went one better against Sheffield Collegiate yesterday.
Paceman Stuart claimed four wickets in four balls to almost singlehandedly rip through Collegiate’s batting line-up and set Doncaster on their way to a comfortable seven wicket win at Town Field.
And what made the 21-year-old’s sensational feat even more special was that he clean bowled each of his victims!
Bessacarr lad Stuart finished with career-best figures of 8-36 from ten eventful overs.
His moment of magic came in the 15th over, reducing Collegiate from 42-4 to 42-8 in the space of four deliveries - castling the hapless Josh Varley, Tom Hancock, Luke Shutt and then Oliver Pearson one by one in spectacular fashion.
The away side recovered to post 108 all out but Doncaster eased to victory in 27.2 overs on an afternoon that will live long in the memory of Stuart and anyone who witnessed his four in four.
Stuart turned out for Northamptonshire seconds earlier this season, and has also represented Yorkshire at second team and Academy level. Town are enjoying their most successful campaign for several seasons and are looking well set to finish in the top four of the ECB Yorkshire Premier League.