MACQUARIE Hotel opening bowler Sam Dwyer’s hat-trick propelled his side into their first second grade grand final in more than 10 years.
Dwyer finished with career-best figures of 6-26 off seven overs as the Macca defeated last year’s premiers Bonny Hills by 38 runs.
It wasn’t looking good for Dwyer’s side who found itself 5-26 batting first before they recovered to a competitive 6-142.
In reply, Bonnies were 1-59 just before drinks when Dwyer ripped through the top and middle order leaving them reeling at 6-60.
He took two wickets in two balls before the break added to the pressure of completing his first hat-trick.
“It’s the first hat-trick I’ve ever taken so I was more than a little bit excited,” Dwyer said.
“It’s the fourth hat-trick I’ve been on this year and it’s been the first decent hat-trick ball I’ve bowled.”
Dwyer bowled full and straight for all three of the wickets included in the hat-trick, with two of them being adjudged LBW.
He admitted there might have been some luck involved in the second wicket.
“I thought it was a bump ball, but it was caught in close at short mid wicket, everyone went up and the umpire gave him out so I wasn’t going to complain.”
The sixth and final wicket of Dwyer’s haul was the most pleasing.
“Phil Crouch hit me for a six a couple of overs before and then hit a nice four down the ground and gave me a bit of a heckle,” he said.
“It took me a couple of overs but I got him caught so that was the one I enjoyed the most.”