A teenager's hat-trick has sent a shock wave through the Para Districts Cricket Association ladder leaders Salisbury West.
A magical Dylan Childs bowling spell took ATCO to its first grade-one win of the Para Districts Cricket Association season on the weekend, defeating powerhouse Salisbury West.
With his team defending 8/154 in the limited overs contest, 18-year-old Childs destroyed Westies’ talent-heavy middle order, taking four wickets in five balls to reduce it to 7/58.
In the PDCA, you will struggle to find three better batsmen to remove for a hat-trick than Justin Davies, Willi Sewell and Anthony Lewendon.
That trio were soon followed by Michael Allan.
Soon 9/81, West’s day was all but done, before Travis McIntyre and Greg Hodgkinson combined for a 51-run final-wicket stand that had ATCO a little concerned.
However, Hodgkinson fell for 15 and ATCO had a remarkable win, with Childs finishing with 5/18.
In other grade one matches, Angle Vale cruised to a nine-wicket victory over Central United, which had made 6/137 (C. Nuske 33, J. Webb 46).
Craigmore had an important win over Parafield Gardens (J. Hull 4/30).
Phil Neil’s 104 was the stand-out in One Tree Hill’s two-wicket win over Virginia, which had set 9/207.
In grade two, Dublin chased down Central United’s 139 (A. Smitham 41) without losing a wicket, Riverside (6/247) pumped Salisbury West (40), Two Wells (181) rolled Salisbury North (72) and Adelaide Warriors defeated Angle Vale.
Grade three saw ATCO’s Ben Whalan make an unbeaten 98 as they defeated Parafield Gardens.
Smithfield (L. Dunn 50) continued its winning ways, defeating Rose & Crown by 34 runs.
Meanwhile, Craigmore (G. Elliot 78*) and One Tree Hill had wins.
In grade four One Tree Hill’s Josh Cook provided the highlight of the round as he took 4/5 in his side’s win over Salisbury West, which was dismissed for 73.
Grade six saw Craigmore dismiss Salisbury West for just 56, with Jordan Taylor taking 4/14.