Howzat for a top bowling performance

Tillside u15 Calum Bickerton who collected 6 wickets with 6 balls at Etal this weekend
Tillside u15 Calum Bickerton who collected 6 wickets with 6 balls at Etal this weekend

Young cricketer Calum Bickerton still can’t believe his achievement of taking six wickets in six balls for Tillside U15s.

The feat was made all the more remarkable by the fact that he clean bowled all six of his opponents.

Calum, who is 14, recorded match-winning figures of 8-10 as he helped his side to a comfortable league win over Backworth recently.

But it was the fact that he claimed six wickets in successive balls which made it all the more remarkable.

“I took three at the end of one over,” he said. “It was my first hat-trick of the season, although I have been close on three other occasions, the closest being when one of the slips dropped a catch.

“I didn’t think too much about it at the time, because I was concentrating on bowling out the rest of the team.

“I then took three wickets in a row at the start of the next over, and I couldn’t really believe it.”

A club spokesman later said these were the best figures ever recorded by a Tillside bowler in their history, at either senior or junior level.

Calum’s father, Keith, who also plays for the club, said he had never seen anything like it in his playing days.

“To take six wickets in six balls is a tremendous achievement, but to clean bowl all of them is something a bit special,” he said.

Calum was naturally presented with the match ball afterwards, but for the time being it is still in his kit-bag until he finds a place to keep it.

As well as playing for Tillside U15s and the club’s 2nd XI in the Northumberland League, Calum also turns out for Berwick Academy, where he is a pupil.

“I want to play for the first team at Tillside one day,” he said. “I can bat, but I consider myself to be a bowler.”