Craig Bateman took a double hat-trick for Souths against Goonellabah Workers.
Craig Bateman took a double hat-trick for Souths against Goonellabah Workers. Contributed

Veteran's double hat-trick

SOUTHERN Districts first grade captain Craig Bateman will never forget the day he took a double hat-trick in a Lismore District one-day match against Goonellabah Workers.

However it will be the elation of a young team-mate that the 37-year-old will remember the most.

"The look on Luke Kennedy's face will stay with me forever," Bateman said.

"He was that elated for me and it really hit home what had happened.

"I'd never even gone close to getting a hat-trick, so it was a pretty special moment.

"I've been playing for 20 years and never in a million years did I expect it."

Bateman finished with figures of 4-6 from two overs as his final wicket sealed the victory.

He bowled his first victim and went on to take the next three leg-before-wicket.

"It was funny because I didn't really want to bowl and only put myself on because the boys were getting hit around," Bateman said.

"The third and fourth wickets were obviously the highlight.

"I asked one of our pace bowlers for advice on the hat-trick ball and he said 'just bowl it as fast as you can'.

"I'm a fast bowler and I ended taking three of the wickets from slow balls, so it was a bit ironic I suppose."

And to put the icing on the cake, Bateman had several family members watching on the sidelines.

"All the family was there and that never normally happens," he said.

Bateman has played first grade this summer after Southern Districts withdrew from the LJ Hooker League competition due to lack of players.



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