Six Wickets: ‘Surreal’: Australian club cricketer takes six wickets in six balls to win match | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: An Australian club cricketer achieved an extraordinary feat by taking six wickets in the final over of a one-day game, securing an unlikely victory for his team. Gareth Morgan, the captain of Mudgeeraba in the Gold Coast’s Premier League Division 3, orchestrated a stunning turnaround as his team faced almost certain defeat.
Facing Surfers Paradise, who needed five runs to win with six wickets in hand, Morgan made the bold decision to bowl the last six balls himself.What unfolded was nothing short of sensational, with Morgan removing opener Jake Garland for 65 and then dismissing the next five batters for golden ducks.
Describing the rare achievement as “surreal,” Morgan reflected on the umpire’s earlier comment, saying, “It is funny, the umpire said to me at the start of the over that I needed to take a hat-trick or something to win the game. When it happened he just sort of looked at me.”
Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin and national broadcaster ABC, Morgan expressed his disbelief and excitement, stating, “It is very surreal. I remember thinking after I got the hat-trick — I don’t want to lose this game now. Then it just went crazy. When I saw the stumps go back on the last ball, I couldn’t believe it, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The first four dismissals were all caught, adding to the dramatic nature of Morgan’s incredible over. The final two wickets were bowled, completing a sequence that left the opposition in utter disarray.
This extraordinary achievement by Morgan stands out even in professional cricket, where the record for the most wickets in an over is five, achieved by New Zealand’s Neil Wagner (2011), Bangladesh’s Al-Amin Hossain (2013), and India’s Abhimanyu Mithun (2019), according to ABC. Morgan’s performance is a testament to the unpredictable and thrilling nature of the sport at all levels.
(With inputs from AFP)

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