Wainuiomata bowler Scott Babot has had a memorable fortnight with the ball, capturing five wickets in consecutive balls for his Senior 3 side in Wellington Club Cricket.
Babot’s rare feat of five wickets in five balls, also known as a triple hat trick, was achieved across two Saturdays and two innings in his team’s four wicket win over Johnsonville on 15 and 22 November.
Last week he collected a hat trick (three wickets in three balls) with the last three balls of Johnsonville’s first innings, and then backed that up in the field this Saturday with two wickets with the first two balls in the second innings.
Babot, a first change and seam bowler, grabbed 6 for 56 off 14 overs (wrapping up Johnsonville’s tail with the last three balls of his 14th over) in the first innings and returned 3 for 30 off 6 overs in the second, finishing with match figures of 9 for 87 off 20 overs.
His feats also helped earn his side an excellent win in their first two-day match of the season, after previously beating Petone-Riverside in the side’s only completed one-day match.
Johnsonville scored 183 and 145, and Wainuiomata replied with 213 and 118 for 6.
Not originally playing in this grade, the Wainuiomata Senior 3s have also made a great start to this season.
The team won the Hutt Valley 2A grade in 2007/08, but lost their Senior 3 promotion match to Wellington 2A champions North City. But a withdrawal saw them subsequently invited to play in this higher grade for 2008/09.