Glass smashes Te Aroha - five balls, five wickets
Cricket's an easy game, just ask Josh Glass. The Hamilton Boys' High School year 9 pupil single-handedly shattered Te Aroha College in a third form cricket game on Saturday, snaring five wickets in five balls to end his five-over spell.
Glass is hoping his smashing streak will continue tomorrow when he is expected to open the bowling for the HBHS Maroons, and wants to make it six wickets in six balls with his first nut of the day.
As it is, college cricket seems pretty easy for the 13-year-old, if his second game for the school is anything to go by.
After grabbing two wickets in his first match for Boys' High last month, Glass was wicketless through three overs in the 30-over competition in Te Aroha on Saturday. The fourth over was better, grabbing a wicket with the first ball and conceding only one more run from the remaining five balls.
That's when the magic started to happen. After a dot ball to start his fifth and final over, Glass grabbed his second wicket for the day after bowling a Te Aroha batsman.
The next batsman was soon on his way back to the pavilion, struck on the pads and given out LBW.
On a hat-trick, Glass said he was feeling calm, if not a little excited, but just wanted to keep it simple with the next ball.
"When I got my second wicket and realised I was on my hat-trick, I was a bit happy, because I don't normally get to that stage.
"I just keep a steady rhythm when I run up, I don't try to bowl too fast, but I try to be accurate. I still try to get some pace on it, but I don't try to force it."
For that hat-trick ball, Glass focused on bowling it toward off-stump, and it worked a treat as he bowled another batsman.
That hat-trick ball snapped a bail in half, meaning there was a short break while it was replaced and giving the Te Aroha batsman a chance to pad up and head out to the crease.
Once play was underway again, Glass was back into his rhythm, and had his fourth and fifth victims in a row clean bowled. His team was left speechless, Te Aroha was left seven wickets down, and Glass was left disappointed he couldn't keep bowling.
Te Aroha limped through to 41 all out by the end of their innings, and the Maroons chased it down for the loss of only three wickets.
Now the Maroons are looking forward to their next match, tomorrow against St John's College, and the team are confident Glass's streak can continue.
"First ball, first wicket, that'd be pretty cool," team-mate Ayden McLuskie said.
"[The chances are] very high, I'd say."
One thing is for sure, St John's will have to be weary of Glass's accurate seam bowling.