Andy Britton's first appearance in the Irish Senior Cup was certainly one to remember.

The 18 year-old had just broken into the senior ranks of his home-town club Donemana, and was included in their ranks for the away trip to Lurgan.

Donemana had a batting day to forget as they were skittled by the Mid-Ulster side for just 89, with Junior McBrine's unbeaten 38 the highlight of a forgettable display.

(Andrew Britton)

The Lurgan reply had reached 30 without loss, when the ball was thrown to the teenager.

Britton showed no nerves as he trapped opener Van Niekerk with his first ball.

It got better as he also claimed Morrison and Viljoen with his second and third deliveries, also lbw to become at this stage just one of seven bowlers to have claimed a hat-trick in the competition's history.

The standing umpires were Jim Wiseman and international colleague Alan Neill.

While it was Wiseman of this occasion who gave the verdicts in favour of Britton, Neill would also claim a hat-trick of lbws later in his career.

That was during the Ireland Women v Bangladesh series in Northern Ireland in 2016, when Rumana Ahmed dismissed Kim Garth, Clare Shillington and Mary Waldron in successive balls.

Britton's heroics weren't enough to prevent Donemana falling to a five-wicket loss, but there was some good news after the game.

"I received a call from Brian O'Rourke after the match," Britton recalled. "He told me that I was to be part of the U19 World Cup Qualifier squad, so that was a great feeling."

Ireland and Britton qualified for the tournament proper, which was held in Malaysia in early 2008.

The following year, he was capped at senior level, against Kenya at Clontarf, but would make only one more senior appearance, against South Africa A, in 2012 at Oak Hill.

He is currently with Brigade CC, and skippered them to the league and cup double last season.

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