South Africa captain Dane Van Niekerk who is a part of team Sydney Sixers in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL 03) became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in the tournament.
This was also the overall third hat-trick of the Women’s Big Bash history. Van Niekerk achieved the feat for her side against Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday.
The all-rounder clean bowled all the three batters starting with India’s Veda Krishnamurthy. Veda was dismissed for 13 off 16 after she missed the ball completely while charging down the track. Next Van Niekerk got rid of Hurricanes skipper Corinne Hall for a duck after she missed the ball while attempting to play a cut. The next to fall was Stefanie Daffara, who missed the ball while playing a paddle sweep.
Here’s the video:
— Rebel Women's Big Bash League (@WBBL) December 17, 2017
Dane Van Niekerk also managed to pick up the wicket of Nicola Hancock and ended the day with figures of 4-20 from her 4 overs, for which she was also awarded the player of the match award.
☝️> ANOTHER ONE! @danevn81 has the ball on a string right now!
She's just bowled Hancock for her 4th wicket of the match!
— Sydney Sixers WBBL (@SixersWBBL) December 17, 2017
Earlier, Hurricanes were set a target of 153 from their 20 overs and the Hurricanes were on course before Van Niekerk’s over changed the course of the match. The Hurricanes eventually fell 33 runs short of their target.
With this win, Sixers have now won three out of their four games, while Hurricanes are yet to win a match in the tournament.