A-Grade Allora falls to hat-trick....from a 14-year-old
CRICKET: A hat-trick is a goal for many bowlers, though few achieve it.
Luckily for 14-year-old Colts bowler Morgan Bourke, he got the first of his career out of the way early during a game against Allora at the weekend.
"It was the last two balls of my first over, both LBWs, and then it was the first ball of the my second over and that was a catch in the covers,” Bourke said.
"This is my first hat-trick, I was pretty pumped up,”
Dismissing Allora's opening batsmen in the first overs set the Colts on a path to victory.
"We bowled them out at 180. It was good to get a few early wickets and put them on the back foot,” Bourke said.
Bourke is a rising star in the Darling Downs cricket fraternity. Not only does he open the bowling and play A-Grade cricket on the weekends against men three times his age but the lad represents his town and school at the state level.
On December 17 he'll travel to Brisbane, alongside Josh Hagenbach, to compete in the state carnival for Darling Downs Southwest Queensland.
"I'll open the bowling for them as well,” Bourke said.
"We have a decent team. I hope everyone can go good, if they do that we'll get some good wins on the board.”
In the past Bourke was selected for the Darling Downs Schoolboys team and the Darling Downs Southwest Queensland Under-14s.
While these top teams give Bourke an arena to prove his skills, it is the weekly A-Grade games where the real education happens as he takes advice from seasoned Colts players.
"The old guys are good,” Bourke said.
"On the weekend John Cleary was on mid-off and he was guiding me where to place the ball and what balls are good for what batsmen,” Bourke said.
It's an intuition he'll take to the state championships.
"I try watching the batman when I'm not bowling and find their strengths and weaknesses. If they are missing the ball around an area, or not scoring runs in a particular area, then I try to get the ball there, get a false shot and try to get a wicket.”