CRICKET: Hat-trick taking is becoming a habit for the Rice family

Jamie Rice with sons Ethan (left) and Kian (right).

Jamie Rice with sons Ethan (left) and Kian (right). - Credit: Archant

It’s a case of like son, like father for one local cricketing family.

Dad Jamie Rice swooped for a hat-trick in a Hunts League fixture last Saturday – less than a month after his youngest lad, 10 year-old Kian, achieved the feat while playing for the Hunts Under 10 side.

Rice senior removed the final three Ickwell batsman in as many balls as Godmanchester Town 2nds – a team he has represented for 30 years – claimed a nine-wicket Division Two win.

He ripped through the Bedfordshire side’s tail as they were skittled for just 79 to follow up an earlier wicket and finish with figures of 4-18. It was the second hat-trick of his career - ‘many years’ after the first.

“I can’t remember the exact date of my first hat-trick, but it was at least 20 years ago,” said Rice senior. “I can recall it was against Brampton while playing for our third team on a bit of a dodgy track.

“The hat-trick on Saturday was also helped by favourable bowling conditions to be honest.

“It’s been a difficult few years for the 2nds so getting the win was the most pleasing thing. The hat-trick was a personal bonus.”

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And, to make the occasion even more sweet, Rice’s eldest son, Ethan was playing alongside him.

The 13 year-old, who captains the county side in his age group, also enjoyed an afternoon to remember when bagging 3-12 to record his best figures so far in senior cricket.

Town’s fine development of young players was again in evidence the following day during a win for their 3rds in Division Five of the Hunts League.

Twelve year-old Ryan Fowler (4-15) and 14 year-old Thalha Rashan (4-27) starred in a 144-run triumph against an Upwood side who were dismissed for just 65.

They were chasing the Town team’s posting of 209-5 which featured a fine 114 from their slightly older skipper Elliott Baldwin and a smart 58 by Oscar Bryden.