A YOUNG cricket player has made history at his club after becoming the first person to take six wickets in an over.

Thirteen-year-old Luke Robinson was playing at Philadelphia Cricket Club, near Houghton-le-Spring, when he achieved the feat in his third over.

His mother Helen Robinson, who was scoring the game, said: "It was amazing to watch. I was thrilled when he got the first one. That was brilliant.

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"Then when he got the second I was hoping he would get the hat-trick. When he got the fourth, fifth and sixth I just couldn't believe it.

"The ball just went straight through each time."

The youngster had just one run scored against him during the match, which was notched during his first over.

Philadelphia's under 13 team was playing Langley Park in the quarter-final of the end of season plate competition.

Philadelphia won and will now play the semi-final next week.

Following the match, his team mates formed a guard of honour to celebrate the achievement.

Luke, a pupil at Park View School in Chester-le-Street, has been playing cricket since he was about two and has been playing competitively since he was eight.

He also plays for Durham County Cricket Club's under 13's team.

Mrs Robinson, who runs the junior section of the club with her husband Stephen, added: "It's very, very rare. We rang someone who is quite a statistician and he could only think of it happening once before.

"In the 149 years that the club has been going it's the first time it's ever been done. It's astounding really.

"All his team mates were thrilled. We've got a lovely bunch and everyone was excited for him."

Luke's achievement has attracted national attention, including a retweet by the BBC's Test Match Special team.

His feat is one of 25 nominations for for Performance of the Week by the Cricketworld website, which has also awarded him a certificate. Members of the public can vote for Luke at cricketworld.com – if he wins he will be awarded a 'special memento' and last night he stood second in the voting.