By STEVE SPINKS
BELIEVE or not, this is the only known photograph of the magic ball used by the Marist Brothers third grade cricket team.
Why is the ball magic?
It was the six-stitcher used by the Brethren when they bowled out Southern Districts for 87 in a Lismore District Cricket one-day match last Saturday.
That in itself is not that magic, but it is when you discover that each Souths batsman was bowled.
That's right, the 10 Souths batsmen all had their wickets broken by the magic ball.
"It was just one of those things," Marist Brothers third grade captain Angus Griffith said.
"When we got to five or six bowled it was kind of like 'Hang on, they're all bowled'.
"When we got to seven and eight the call went out to drop any catches."
Luckily, the Brothers fieldsmen didn't have to resort to that, as their bowlers, led by Brad Moncrieff (5-21), finished the job.
Lismore District Cricket Association secretary Norm Ryder happened to be umpiring the match.
"I've never heard of this happening in any game in the area," he said.
Ryder was excited by the statistic, but perhaps he was more excited because he didn't have to make a hard decision during the innings.
Souths batsman Mark Jones was more worried about losing the match than the apparent record his team had unwittingly participated in.
"I said to the boys after the match 'How come none of you know how to play a straight bat?'," Jones laughed.
"But then I couldn't say much, because I got bowled too."
When told by The Northern Star he may have been part of a world first, Jones was unmoved.
"I'm sure all the boys will be impressed," he joked.
So what is going to happen to the magic ball?
"I'm going to keep it," Griffith said.