Young Gappers’ hat-trick a shining light in difficult season

Halls Gap cricketer Jackson Thomas picked up a hat-trick at the weekend.

Halls Gap cricketer Jackson Thomas picked up a hat-trick at the weekend.

The start to the 2017-18 Grampians Cricket Association A Grade season has been tough for Halls Gap, playing seven matches without a victory at the mid-way point of the competition.

The Gappers suffered yet another loss at the weekend, going down to Tatyoon by 60 runs.

But the loss did not come without a highlight to remember for one young cricketer.

16-year-old Jackson Thomas picked up the first hat-trick of his career at the weekend which included the wicket of Tatyoon’s top scorer Jarrod Blandford on 77.

Thomas said it was a mix of emotions when he picked up the third consecutive wicket.

“I was pretty happy and surprised,” he said.

“On the hat-trick ball I was just trying to get it in the same spot and luckily it worked out for me.

“When I got the last wicket I just ran and celebrated.”

Thomas finished with figures of 3-33 from 8 overs.