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Luke Robinson’s perfect over helped Philadelphia CCC bowl Langley Park out for just 18. © Philadelphia CCC

Luke Robinson, a 13-year-old English school-level cricketer, pulled off the remarkable feat of picking up a wicket with each of his six deliveries – a quadruple hat-trick – on Thursday (August 10) in a Durham Cricket League game.

Robinson, the medium-pacer, was playing for Philadelphia Cricket Club Under-13s away against Langley Park, near Durham city, with many members of his family around performing various roles – Matthew, his younger brother, was in his team, while Stephen, his father, was one of the umpires and Helen, his mother, was the scorer. Stephen, in fact, was officiating from the end the bowler achieved the extraordinary feat to win his team the match.

Amazingly, all the victims were out bowled, ruling out any charges of bias against Stephen, whose son finished with 6 for 1.

“He’d actually bowled two overs and not had any wickets,” Stephen was quoted as saying by local newspapers afterwards. “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. It was perfect. Langley Park were looking good at 10 for 1 but, after Luke’s over, they ended up getting just 18.”

Batting first, Philadelphia had scored only 76, and after Robinson’s stellar effort, qualified for the semifinals of the tournament.

“He’s benefitted 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,” went on the proud father. “And now he’s reaping the reward of all the effort that he’s put in.”

Interestingly, this is the second instance of the record being achieved this year in representative cricket. Aled Carey, the Golden Point opening pacer, did the same against East Ballarat in a fourth-grade Ballarat Cricket Association game in Australia earlier this year,