Four straight for Aaron Moreton
LISMORE left-arm bowler Aaron Moreton tasted the highs and lows of Twenty20 cricket in the space of five minutes, getting belted for six before taking a double hat-trick at Heaps Oval on Sunday.
The 19-year-old Marist Brothers first-grader was copping a pasting from the Souths batsmen, but struck back in devastating fashion with his sharp away-swingers.
“It was my third over and I got hit for a four and a six in consecutive balls,” Moreton said.
“I asked the umpire how many were left in the over; I just wanted to get out of there.”
With two balls to be bowled and with the captain about to replace Moreton, he pulled a rabbit out of his hat.
“I charged in, just hoping not to go for another boundary,” he said.
“The batsman smashed it straight back at me and I caught it, then the next batsman came in and did exactly the same thing. First I was relieved, then I got excited.”
Going at more than 10 runs an over, but on a hat-trick, it was a nervous wait for the youngster who was hoping the captain would throw him the ball and give him the chance to complete the milestone. Of course he did, and Moreton obliged.
“We had everyone in close for the hat-trick ball which is quite rare for Twenty20,” he said.
“I swung it away and he got a knick through to the ’keeper and it was celebration time.”
Moreton had claimed his first hat-trick but he wasn’t finished yet. With the job done and the pressure off, he produced the best ball of all to grab his fourth wicket in four balls and claim the double.
“I yorked him, landed it right at his feet and he just couldn’t get the bat to it,” he said.
“It didn’t quite knock off-stump out of the ground but the bails were dislodged and that’s all that matters. The boys went bananas, they couldn’t believe it.”
Moreton finished with figures of 6-37 from four overs and Brothers got away with an easy win.
The LDCA Twenty20 tournament continues next Sunday.