AFTER taking his first hat-trick cricketer Peter Bucca still regards himself as a batsman who bowls competently.
The opener could now class himself as a strike bowler and genuine all-rounder after achieving the difficult feat on the cricket field recently playing for Wetherill Park fourth grade team.
In a recent game against Liverpool Lions, Bucca finished with match figures of 9-10, the best figures he has returned.
He took 4-5 in the first innings and then 5-5 in the second dig.
Bucca's hat-trick was stretched over two overs. The university physiotherapy student took wickets with the fifth and sixth balls in one over.
When it was his turn to bowl again, he grabbed the third wicket with his first ball of the over, the magic hat-trick ball.
"I had the first batsman out caught, the next one caught, then the third wicket, which was my hat-trick ball, I bowled him," Bucca, 18, of Edensor Park, said.
"I am mainly an opener who bowls second or third change.
"This is my first hat-trick.
"I have been close a few times before.
"A couple of times I have got two wickets in two consecutive balls.
"I am really happy to get the hat-trick."
Bucca's season tally with his medium pace is 24 wickets at 9.92.
He has scored 281 runs at 31 with a highest score of 94 n.o.
"I have never scored a century; I've been close a few times though," Bucca said.
The former Cecil Hills High School student said he plays cricket for the love of the game and having fun on the cricket fields with his mates at Wetherill Park Cricket Club.
Wetherill Park Cricket Club public relations officer Charlie Vella says the hat-trick is well deserved.