Kyabram's Scott Fleming took nine wickets for 11 runs in a brilliant bowling spell.November 14, 2012 4:32am
Counting to nine are Scott Fleming and his children (from left) Matthew, 10, Shannon, 8, Jarrad, 7, and Ashley, 14.
Fire Brigade cricketer Scott Fleming is still coming to grips with a seven-over bowling spell which produced a remarkable nine wickets on Saturday.
The 41-year-old was one dropped catch away from claiming the holy grail of bowling — 10 wickets in an innings.
The father of four finished with 9-11 from his maximum seven overs during Fire Brigade’s D-grade game against Girgarre in Goulburn Murray Cricket.
Making the story even more remarkable, it was Fleming’s second game back after a 16-year absence from competitive cricket, only finding the whites again after his son, Matthew, joined the Flames’ under-12 team this year.
Fleming’s efforts also included another rare cricketing achievement, taking a double hat-trick — four wickets in four balls — during his spell.
The medium-pace self confessed ‘‘on the spot’’ bowler had two batsmen caught, one caught and bowled, one hit wicket and five bowled dismissals in his haul.
Fleming said it was a pretty surreal experience.
‘‘I just came back to have a game with the young fella,’’ he said.
‘‘I quite enjoyed it.
‘‘It’s not something that comes along every day, so I’ll embrace it when it comes.
‘‘You sort of get a little dumbfounded.
‘‘You look at each other in the field, saying ‘is this really happening?’
‘‘In between each over, you sit back in your position in the field and just have a bit of a smile to yourself.’’
Fleming, who had not taken five wickets in an innings or claimed a hat-trick before Saturday, said he would have been happy to get three or four wickets, let alone nine.
Although it would have been nice to get the 10th wicket — which was dropped at first slip — Fleming was not too upset.
‘‘The bloke made a good effort to get there,’’ he said.
‘‘A lot of people will give him a hard time, but I got nine wickets so I’m happy with that.
‘‘He’s not the first person I’ve seen drop a catch and he won’t be the last.’’
Fleming, who lives on a farm outside Kyabram, had not been sure about whether he would return to the playing field at the start of the season, but was glad he did.
‘‘I did um and ah about whether I would come back,’’ he said.
‘‘But then I thought if I didn’t do it now I would be too old for it, so I should make the most of it while I can.
‘‘(Saturday) makes me think I have a couple of years left in me.
‘‘I’ve got a couple more of my boys I’d like to play with.’’
Making the experience even more momentous was Fleming’s three sons watching him at the game on Saturday, which made it ‘‘a bit special for me’’.
‘‘I’d like to thank the support of my teammates to get my nine-wicket haul,’’ he said.
‘‘It was just an afternoon out and they come along once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky.
‘‘It will be etched into the back of my head for the rest of my life.’’
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