A 13-year-old schoolboy Luke Robinson etched his name in record books when he scalped six wickets in one over while playing for Philadelphia Cricket Club’s Under-13s. Luke during the course, cleaned up all the six batsmen and his father Stephen Robinson who was umpiring in the match had a perfect view of son’s feat while standing on the bowling end.
"He’d actually bowled two overs and not had any wickets. He was asking to be changed so that he could save his last one for later on in the innings,” Stephen told the Sunderland Echo.
"But I told him to keep on going and what he produced was just a procession. It was perfect. Langley Park were looking good at 10/1 but, after Luke’s over, they ended up getting just 18,” he added.
Stephen, who is also a junior coach at Philadelphia and still plays for the senior team added: "He works hard at his cricket and plays hard too. He’s benefitted from some quality coaching at the club from the likes of former Durham County Cricket Club head coach Geoff Cook and former Durham bowler Neil Killeen.”
"And now he’s reaping the reward of all the effort that he’s put in,” he added.
"It was surreal," said Stephen. "I have been playing for 30 years and have taken hat-tricks but never anything like this.
"Time stood still and I thought, 'is this really happening?'"
Meanwhile mother Helen was the first person to record her son's feat as she was scoring the match, while Luke's younger brother Matthew was fielding and grandfather Glenn was watching from the boundary.
Officials at the club are now checking records to see if the feat has ever been achieved in its 149-year existence.