GODMANCHESTER S James Cowan may have bowled himself into the cricketing record books – by taking hat-tricks in consecutive matches on the same day. The left-armer accomplished the remarkable feat at the East Anglian Premier League Twenty20 competition at
GODMANCHESTER'S James Cowan may have bowled himself into the cricketing record books - by taking hat-tricks in consecutive matches on the same day.
The left-armer accomplished the remarkable feat at the East Anglian Premier League Twenty20 competition at Bury St Edmunds on Sunday.
His achievement has been reported to Lord's and Wisden are currently checking the record books to see if it has ever been done before.
The first hat-trick came in Godmanchester's 28-run defeat of Saffron Walden. Cowan removed the first four batsmen, including three in a row, to record figures of 4-16 from four overs.
The following match was a near-carbon copy, with Cowan this time blitzing the Bury middle-order, sealing a second hat-trick with identical figures of 4-16.
It was a successful week all round for Godmanchester, as their East Anglian Premier League team recorded their first win since the end of June with an eight-wicket win over Great Witchingham.
Captain Paul Swannell's decision to bowl first was justified when Michael Cafferkey and Stuart Houghton took spectacular catches for early wickets. Swannell held two sharp catches in the slips and Matthew Pateman pouched three, including Witchingham top-scorer Carl Rogers, to leave the Norfolk side at 127-7.
The Witchingham tail wagged, albeit slowly, and they closed on 211-9 in 66 overs, with James Cowan (4-54) and David McCallum (3-36) collecting good figures.
Adam Cousins hit 78 not out in Godmanchester's reply, and his opening stand of 50 with Michael Cafferkey set the tone for the innings.
Pateman joined Cousins with the score at 91-2, and bludgeoned 79 from just 58 balls to win the match inside 45 overs.
The result narrows the gap to Halstead at the foot of the EAPL, with five matches remaining.
"We face a challenging last few games, but we have home advantage for the next four fixtures and the momentum is very much with us," said club chairman James Leet.
"We've been very confident with the ball all year, and hopefully we will be able to combine with the bat again to win two more games to keep us safe.
"With Matthew Pateman back in the runs, an in-form Goddy side at home will be no walkover for any EAPL side.