Picking a hat-trick takes a lot of time, patience and luck in any form or level of cricket. Victorian third-grade cricketer Nick Gooden achieved it three times. In a match between Yallourn and Latrobe in Central Gippsland cricket competition, Gooden did the unthinkable. He snatched eight wickets in 10 balls to end with figures of 8 for 17. He picked a hat-trick in the first innings, following it by picking five in five.

Six of his victims were bowled, while one was leg-before. This was his first match after a one-year injury layoff. Self-claimed ‘right-arm medium plop’ Gooden credited the groundsmen for giving him a green top to bowl on.

Speaking to Weekend Sunrise, Gooden said: There’s nothing special about it there’s definitely no pace involved.”

On his bowling plan

“The general plan when we got out there was just to get off as quick as we could so we could get on the frothies. I said to the boys ‘let’s just roll through these guys and get off and have a beer’. I think we were having a beer at about three o’clock.”

On his newfound fame

“My wife’s told me to keep a bit of a lid on it.”