Perfect over


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A teenage cricketing prodigy is celebrating an extraordinary bowling feat – by getting six out in just SIX BALLS in the ‘perfect over.’

Luke Robinson’s team looked like they were heading for defeat in a cup match after only managing to chalk up 76 runs during their innings.

After two indifferent overs, the 13-year-old asked to be pulled from the bowling attack but was persuaded otherwise by his dad, who was umpiring the match.

The move paid off and he cleaned bowled the first batsmen and the wickets then continued to tumble one by one.

But he stumbled on his last ball as the realisation of the impending achievement sank in, says his proud dad Stephen.

Fast bowler Luke managed to compose himself and capped off the fine over with his sixth and final wicket, and the meteoric batting collapse was complete.

Langley Park Under 13s eventually ended with a meagre 18 runs after the morale-zapping over.

Luke’s phenomenal double hat-trick turned the match on its head and his team, Philadelphia Cricket Club Under 13s, progressed to the semi final of the cup.

Officials at the club are now checking records to see if the feat has ever been achieved in its 149-year existence.

Philadelphia C.C.C tweeted: Congratulations to our U13 Luke Robinson who took 6 wickets in an over tonight, all bowled v Langley Park U13s #6in6balls#wellbowled.”

The meteoric achievement has been hailed by cricket fans and Luke’s ‘dream over’ has been nominated for Cricket World ‘performance of the week’.

His father Stephen, 45, from Houghton-le-Spring, north east., who was umpiring in the match, said: “It was a surreal experience.

“He’d actually bowled two overs and not had any wickets. He was asking to be changed so that he could save his last one for later on in the innings.

“But I told him to keep on going and what he produced was just a procession. You only bowl three overs at under 13s level.

“I was umpiring at the end he was bowling, it was the perfect over.

“He was nervous for the hattrick ball and for the sixth ball when he came to run up he stopped and had to go back to his mark and compose himself.

“You only dream about these things.

“It was perfect. Langley Park were looking good at 10/1 but, after Luke’s over, they ended up getting just 18.

“He works hard at his cricket and plays hard too.

“He’s benefited from some quality coaching at the club from the likes of former Durham County Cricket Club head coach Geoff Cook and former Durham bowler Neil Killeen.

“And now he’s reaping the reward of all the effort that he’s put in.”

After three overs, Luke ended with two maidens and one run for six wickets.

Luke, who was playing alongside younger brother Matthew, 10, at the time, has his sights set on a career in professional cricket.

The youngster’s cricketing heroes include England bowling sensation James Anderson, batsman Mark Wood and Paul Collingwood.

Luke, who played his first competitive match aged five, already plays for Durham County’s Under 13 team and has even turned out for Philadelphia Senior’s Second XI.

The amazing feat was done earlier this year by Golden Point Cricket Club in bowler Aled Carey, 29, during a Ballarat Cricket Association fourth-team fixture in Australia.

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