WARWICK paceman Mark Steketee almost claimed a hat-trick on his Bupa Sheffield Shield debut as he took three wickets.
The 21-year-old became the first player from the Warwick area since Simon Beattie in the 1970s to play Sheffield Shield cricket for Queensland as he lined up for the Bulls in Hobart yesterday.
Steketee took his first wicket in his ninth over when he dismissed former Australian Test bowler Ben Hilfenhaus for one, caught by Joe Burns.
He then fell just short of a hat-trick when he bowled Sam Rainbird through the gate, before drawing an edge from Australian paceman Jackson Bird the next ball.
However, the hat-trick was not to be as Australian Twenty20 batsman Ben Dunk took 21 from Steketee's next over on his way to 71.
The Warwick paceman was used at first change and ended with figures of 3-56 from 12 overs as Tasmania was bowled out for 149.
"As a kid you want to get to the top and to make my debut is a pretty good reward for the hard work I've put in throughout my life," Steketee said after the day's play.
"I remember my first wicket - it wasn't my best ball but that happens.
"I was aware I was on a hat-trick but Dunky got a single between my overs and started slamming me because they were nine (wickets) down."
Steketee debuted for the Brisbane Heat last season and early this season played his first 50-over cricket for the Bulls.
"It's obviously good to represent my home town, but also my family," Steketee said.
"I found out I was playing on Sunday night but I was still pretty nervous (yesterday) morning.
"Once I got the first ball out of the way I was alright - I've bowled against a lot of the guys in the Big Bash so it's not too different."
How it happened:
Steketee to Hilfenhaus, OUT
BW Hilfenhaus c Burns b Steketee 1
Steketee to Rainbird, OUT
SL Rainbird b Steketee 3
Steketee to Bird, OUT
JM Bird c Philipson b Steketee 0
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