Our Andy snares a hat-trick
Moonee Valley’s international player, Andrew Payton enhanced his cricketing reputation in Round 11 by taking a hat-trick against Balmoral.
Playing in our Sixths at Ormond Park for the January 13 fixture, Andy took the wickets of the middle-order batsmen. One of the wickets was bowled, and the other two were caught by Jake de Niese.
Andrew achieved international fame when he toured India at the end of 2006 with Australia’s Special Olympics cricket team.
He played a prominent role as the Aussies finished with the bronze medal, dominating with the bat and performing well with the ball.
The tournament included a game at Mumbai’s Test ground, with Andy shown here outside the arena.
Andrew has been a regular with our one-day teams since his debut in 2004, and has shown he has the ability to step up when promoted to the two-day grades when required.
The Sixths game was a one-day match in the two-day Legends Shield division in the North West Cricket Association, and the good win has enhanced the likelihood of the team playing finals.
Captain Brett Curran threw Andrew the ball mid-way through the innings, and in a flash Balmoral’s innings was in tatters, eventually being all out for 101 chasing Moonee Valley’s 7/196cc.
With the one-day grades not due to resume until the following weekend, Andy and brother Simon were promoted to help strengthen the Sixths, where several of the regulars were away on holidays.
Andy, in his 44th game for Moonee Valley, certainly provided that strength. Even though Andy’s a young man of few words, brother Simon said he was still chuffed inside, and proud of his achievement.
And the Payton brothers achieved another proud milestone just before Christmas – they played with dad David in the Ninths game against Rockbank – the first time all three had taken to the field together in a fixture match.
They had previously played together in an intra-club game, when we held a one-day match at Ormond Park to help raise funds for Andrew’s India trip.Andrew’s hat-trick is the 13th senior hat-trick at Moonee Valley, and follows on from Tim Fisher in the Fourths last season, Michael Cumbo in the Fifths in 2003/04 and William Lai in the Thirds in 2002/03.
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