YORKE FEAT MAKES HEADLINES
Just like the golfer who spends his life dreaming of hitting a hole-in-one, most cricket bowlers never fulfil their fantasy of taking a hat-trick.
But to achieve the rare feat twice in two days is just about unheard of.
Brisbane recruitment consultant and Souths second-grade paceman Rhys Yorke is living the dream after a remarkable weekend which saw him take three wickets in three balls on Saturday .. and then repeat the dose on Sunday.
Left-armer Yorke, 25, scaled cricket's version of Mount Everest playing for Valleys and then climbed back to the summit the next day on the Sunshine Coast.
''On the first day, I just hit three blokes on the pads in a row and they were all given out lbw,'' Yorke said.
''The good thing was I thought they were all absolutely plumb. We bowled Valleys out for 32 and the other opening bowler took five wickets - but no-one even said hello to him because I had taken a hat-trick.''
Yorke called his Dad Peter on Saturday night to tell him about the hat-trick, but celebrations were put on hold because Souths had to travel to the Sunshine Coast the next day for a one-day semi-final.
And jaws dropped when history repeated.
''My first over on Sunday was terrible, I bowled two wides and I thought it was going to be nothing like the previous day,'' Yorke said.
''Then I got a guy bowled and hit a guy on the toe for an lbw so I had wickets in consecutive balls.
''I went to the top of my mark and just said to myself to just make sure the hat-trick ball was pitched it up.
''It was probably the best ball I have ever bowled, it swung in late and hit the batsman on the pads in front and I didn't really even appeal because I knew it was out.
''I ran out to point like a lunatic and all my teammates piled on top of me on the ground. I felt a bit bad for the Sunshine Coast blokes because they must have thought we were carrying on a bit as they didn't realise what had happened the day before.''
To show how rare the achievement is, only three players have taken two hat-tricks in 2072 Test matches dating back to 1877.
Remarkably, former Australian legspinner Jimmy Matthews took a hat-trick in each innings of a Test against South Africa in 1912.
Yorke has proudly claimed ownership of both hat-trick match balls, and plans to get them mounted, while the scorecard from each game will be framed and take pride of place at home.
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