Eleven-year old Busselton boy Reilly Johnstone has achieved an incredible feat on the cricket field by taking three separate hat-tricks in just two weeks. How many bowlers can claim to have done that?
Reilly, who plays for YOBS White in the Busselton-Margaret River Junior Cricket Association, took the amazing figures of 7 wickets for 8 runs (including two hat-tricks) in his Stage 1 game at Vasse on February 15. He also achieved two direct hit run outs in the field. Then last Saturday Reilly continued his purple patch when he took three wickets in three balls, yet again, for the third time.
It's Reilly's first season of cricket.
"'I'm really enjoying cricket," he said, somewhat unsurprisingly. "I just try to bowl at the stumps. I like learning how to get better, also my Dad helps me a lot."
Reilly's coach James Trewren says his pupil is a pleasure to teach.
"He works hard at training and is rapidly improving - he deserves every accolade that comes his way. He always puts the team first and encourages his team mates."