CLITHEROE Cobras Under 9s cricketer Henry Rumboll, has taken his first official hat-trick of wickets as a bowler.
Unfortunately he had to endure many sleepless nights dreaming of this as the wickets were taken in two matches about six weeks apart!
Henry took two wickets, both cleaned bowled middle stump, with the last two balls of his final over as Cobras beat Haslingden on May 27th.
Henry knew that he had the chance to claim his hat-trick with his very first ball in his next match. But then Britain, and Henry’s hopes, were dashed by the wettest June on record and match after match was postponed.
Henry had been told so many times by his coach: “Make sure your first ball is straight at the stumps,” that he must have gone to sleep every night murmuring “bowl straight” over and over again.
Finally the weather relented and Cobras travelled to play Lowerhouse. Henry, as team captain for the match, won the toss and chose to bat first, thus extending his torment even longer. Finally Cobras were bowling, and for the fifth over the ball was tossed to Henry.
One final “just bowl it straight Henry!” from the coach, and Henry bounded towards the wicket, ball in hand, eyes staring at the stumps at the other end. The ball flew straight as an arrow hitting the middle stump yet again.
Henry jumped, arms raised, his team mates charged to congratulate him, the crowd erupted and the coach - well he just smiled and tried to explain to the opposition what all the fuss was about!
Clitheroe went on to win handsomely, but it was Henry’s day. His first competitive hat-trick, all clean bowled and it only took him 38 days!
Meanwhile, 80 cricket-mad Clitheroe Cobras braved the elements to battle it out in their annual Kwik Cricket Festival.
The cricketing extravaganza played in two age groups on a round-robin basis produced a nail-biting finish in each age group.
While Team England (pictured, s) scraped home to collect the silverware in the Key Stage 1 section, it was unfancied Kent who swept all aside to remain undefeated in the older age group and claim the honours.
Cobras Chairman Farouk Hussain praised the children for their efforts: “It wasn’t a particularly great night weatherwise but the children showed a lot of character and put in some big performances.
“There was a lot of raw talent on show - especially in the younger age group and with a bit of coaching I am sure they can become very good players in years to come.”