[caption id="attachment_689909" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-689909" alt="Logan van Beek and Matt McEwans Getty Images " src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/collage42.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Logan van Beek and Matt McEwans Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>On Friday a very rare feat was achieved by two childhood friends in separate <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/plunket-shield" target="_blank">Plunket Shield</a> matches in <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/new-zealand" target="_blank">New Zealand</a>. While Wellington Firebird's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/logan-van-beek" target="_blank">Logan van Beek</a> claimed the first hat-trick in the fast-moving game at Christchurch's Hagley Oval, Auckland Aces paceman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/matt-mcewan" target="_blank">Matt McEwan</a> had also claimed his maiden First-Class hat-trick at Auckland's Eden Park Outer Oval. The Firebirds won the four-day match by 10 wickets inside two days. Van Beek's was the 40th and McEwan's the 41st hat-trick in New Zealand's First-Class history. <p></p> <p></p>Both the players have also visited India previously. They have played club matches in Delhi, Mumbai, Dharamsala, Chandigarh and Bangalore. After claiming the hat-trick, both the players narrated the history behind their friendship and expressed happiness over each other's success. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Van Beek found the rare feat a 'freakish' moment in cricket:</strong> "It is a great feeling to be part of history in the Plunket Shield. More happy that I made a contribution to winning the match. I was amazed, it is very rare to get a hat-trick but for two to happen at the same time is freakish! I sent a message congratulating Matthew McEwan on achieving the hat-trick as well. Matthew and I are childhood friends. We went to the same school, and played in the same cricket team for almost 15 years. I used to wicket-keep to Matthew's bowling. I was a wicket-keeper till I was 18, then changed to fast bowling. We are good friends." <p></p> <p></p><strong>McEwan said it was a day to cherish forever for him and his friend:</strong> "It is an amazing feeling. Congratulatory messages have been pouring in. It was a very special day for both of us. It will be remembered for ever in our lives. We talked after the match and congratulated each other."