The origin of a hat trick

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Well, I knew the expression a hat trick came from cricket.

Where, let’s face it, the task is considerably more difficult than in other sports that have adopted the phrase.

I’m not totally convinced by the idea that it was the custom in the nineteenth century for a bowler’s success to be marked by the presentation of a new hat from his club. I can see that the committee might think three wickets don’t result from successive deliveries very often, and perhaps they should do something. But how did the idea spread? Any suggestions?

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