Winners are grinners . . . Timaru Cricket Club bowler Evan Pickup kept the hat-trick ball from the recent B2 grade game against Pleasant Point. Alongside him is his father and coach Daniel Pickup. PHOTOS: HELEN HOLT

by Helen Holt

A 10-year-old cricketer has bowled the first hat-trick of the season for his grade.

Evan Pickup has played cricket for four years and so far has been the most successful bowler this season for the Timaru Cricket Club in the B2 grade.

He snared the hat-trick on his way to a five-wicket bag against Pleasant Point on October 16.

“I didn’t expect it. I was really happy.

“I almost got a hat-trick in my first over, but then bowled a wide.”

Evan’s father and coach, Daniel Pickup, said there was a great reaction.

“There was a loud cheer from the sidelines.

“I think they were more excited in the crowd than they were on the field.”

Evan got to keep the ball as a trophy for his achievement.

Howzat? Young cricketer Evan Pickup’s role model is Black Cap bowler Trent Boult.

It was his second game of the season.

The Gleniti School pupil said he hoped to work on his batting this season and improve this follow-through.

Evan is a fast bowler and his favourite Black Cap is Trent Boult.

He started playing cricket after his father suggested it, and he was interested in trying something new.

Cricket runs in his family, with Mr Pickup playing representative cricket for Balclutha 20 years ago.

He believed Evan’s hat-trick and five-wicket bag was the second for the family.