A MAGNIFICENT spell of left arm swing bowling from the under 13s Bay Breakers player Sean Griffin ensured his team victory in Saturday’s round of Eurobodalla junior cricket.
Griffin’s unprecedented figures of 6/1, which included a hat-trick, were instrumental as the Breakers removed cross-town rivals the Bombers for a meagre total of 17 inside 10 overs.
The Breakers batted first on a damp outfield, with the slippery ball very hard to control by the Bombers opening bowlers.
With Jack Gallen (12) and Griffin (12 not out) setting the tone, good support from Regan Drew (seven), James Gunson (five) and Mackenzie Clack (five not out) carried the score to 8/88 off their allotted 30 overs.
Anthony Patyus was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/2 off his three overs, supported by Matt Klarica (2/10), Lachlan Harrington (1/11) and Brody Saker (1/14).
Highlights in the field were Patyus’s two slips catches, and a direct-hit run-out by Liam McPherson.
With the Bombers next to bat, the outfield had dried out completely and no-one could foresee what was about to unfold in the next 45 minutes with a new ball in the hands of the Breakers bowlers.
Clack secured the first breakthrough for the Breakers in the third over, having McPherson well caught at point by a good catch from Zac Moloney, then followed up in his next over by bowling Lachlan Harrington.
The conclusion of Clack’s impressive spell brought Griffin into the attack, and in his first over the youngster bowled both Klarica and Saker to have the Bombers reeling at 4/9.
Lachlan Knight then threw down the stumps with a direct hit from fine leg to leave Patyus short of his ground, and the Bombers in a big hole at 5/9.
Griffin’s second over realised a dream most cricketers never get to achieve, with three wickets in as many balls giving him the elusive hat-trick.
The Bombers were then 8/15 and the Breakers were hunting their first victory of the year.
Bombers Hector Brewer and Jordan Young tried their best to hang in at the crease, but Griffin struck again with an LBW decision in his third over to finish the game off in spectacular fashion with the Bombers bowled out at 9/17.
Meanwhile, the Breakers pair of Griffin and Gallen travelled to Young last Friday to try out in the Canberra-Goulburn Catholic Archdiocese cricket trials, and both were successful in making the squad of 12.