Homers' Siphe Mzaidume scores his first hat-trick

HOMERS South African import Siphe Mzaidume claimed his first hat-trick on Saturday in a big Pigeons Horsham Cricket Association A Grade win over Horsham Saints.

Mzaidume, a right arm opening bowler, picked up the final three Saints wickets, finishing with figures of 4-28 off 10 overs.

"It's something every bowler probably aspires to do when they play, but it doesn't happen very often, so when it does it's pretty special," he said.

"I've come close on two occasions, but that was the first one."

" I just came in and let the ball go and fortunately for me it came out of my hand really nicely, landed exactly where it should have and hit the stumps three times in a row."

Mzaidume rattled the woodwork of Saints batsmen Josh Carroll, Trent King and Tom McDonald in consecutive deliveries, closing the side's innings for 112.

The Pigeons spearhead already has 32 wickets for the season at an average of 14.8, but in an ominous sign for the rest of the competition he believes his best is still to come.

"I don't feel as though I've hit my straps as yet," Mzaidume said.

"I'm playing in a pretty good side where we've got guys contributing all the time, and I'm just happy to contribute to help put us in the position we're in at the moment."

"To be up there with the leading wicket- takers has been a pretty nice achievement for me out here."

Pigeons batsmen Chris Hopper and skipper Lachie Jones made the Saints pay for a number of missed opportunities, crashing 131 and 86 respectively to lead their side to 299 all out in reply.

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