Every village cricketer dreams of one day bowling the opposition out by taking a hatful of wickets then knocking of the runs when your team’s in trouble for a thrilling victory, writes Tony Goodson.
It never happens of course - except if you’re Jordan Taylor.
Jordan, 17, was playing recently for Pannal 2nds at home to Sharow. Pannal, struggling this season at the foot of Division 2 in the Nidderdale League, were holding their own as Sharow batted and were doing reasonably well on 115-5, the teenager already having picked up a couple of wickets.
But Jordan, who lives in Crimple Meadows, Pannal, and is a pupil at St Aidan’s School, ripped through the tail, taking a hat-trick as well on his way to astonishing figures of 7 for 7 in 5.1 overs, two of them maidens.
From 103-2, Sharow had slumped to 133 all out and Pannal looked a good bet to get a much-needed win.
But when Pannal batted, they were soon in trouble at 78-6 and the game was slipping away. Cue Jordan and a quick-fire 35 runs from the youngster gave the home side a rare victory by two wickets.