Today australian-club-cricketer-secures-victory-by-claiming-six-wickets-in-the-final-over of the match. In a cricketing spectacle reminiscent of the legendary performances by Ian Botham in 1981 or Ben Stokes in 2019, a remarkable comeback unfolded at the Carrara Community Centre on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Surfers Paradise, a club side, seemed destined for victory against Mudgeeraba in the Gold Coast’s Premier League Division Three. With just five runs needed from the final over and six wickets in hand to win, Surfers Paradise was on the brink of triumph.
However, Mudgeeraba’s captain, Gareth Morgan, had different plans, stunning everyone by claiming six wickets in six balls to secure the most improbable of victories.
“It’s amusing, the umpire mentioned at the beginning of the over that I’d need to pull off a hat-trick or something to win the game,” Morgan shared with the Gold Coast Bulletin.
“When it actually happened, he simply gave me a look.”
The pandemonium unfolded when the opening batsman, Jake Garland, a reporter for the Gold Coast Bulletin, smashed the ball directly to mid-wicket and departed after scoring 65. The subsequent two batsmen were caught at mid-on and short mid-wicket, marking three consecutive dismissals, but Morgan’s prowess didn’t halt there.
“After I secured the hat-trick, I recall thinking – I don’t want to lose this game now. Then things just spiraled into chaos,” reflected Morgan.
The following batter was caught at point, leaving Surfers Paradise in a precarious position at 174-8. Morgan, without further assistance from his teammates in the field, then proceeded to clean bowl the final two batsmen.
“When I witnessed the stumps dislodged on the last ball, I was in disbelief; I’ve never witnessed anything quite like it,” he expressed.
As for reporter Garland, he found himself breaking a golden rule of journalism by becoming a part of the story. However, he didn’t seem to mind too much on this particular occasion.
“I mean, all you can really do now is laugh about it,” he shared on X, formerly known as Twitter. “Always wanted to be part of history with sport somehow, didn’t think it would be for this reason.”
Remarkably, this isn’t the first instance of Morgan being involved in some bowling heroics.
In a post on the club’s Facebook page, Huw Morgan, Gareth’s father, expressed his pride, stating, “A proud father here. Gareth won’t tell you, but as a young bloke, he once took five wickets in an over! He didn’t get six because there were only five wickets left at the start of the over.”
The record for the most wickets taken in a single over of professional cricket is five, achieved three times: Neil Wagner for Otago in 2011, Al-Amin Hossain for a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in 2013, and Abhimanyu Mithun for the Indian state side Karnataka in 2019.