Two hat-tricks in one hour - history made in New Zealand’s Plunket Shield

There were two hat-tricks in one hour in New Zealand’s Plunket Shield, the first time that has happened on the same day in the competition.

cricket Updated: Mar 03, 2018 11:11 IST
By Peter Hanson
By Peter Hanson
New Zealand Cricket,Plunket Shield,Cricket
Wellington’s Logan van Beek took a hat-trick against his old side Canterbury at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval.(Twitter )

A piece of history was made in New Zealand’s Plunket Shield as two different players took hat-tricks on the same day for the first time in the competition’s 112-year history.

New Zealand Cricket confirmed via a news release that it is the first time such an instance has happened since its inception in 1906-07, with the two occurring within an hour of each other on Friday.

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Logan van Beek claimed a first career hat-trick for Wellington Firebirds against his former side Canterbury at Hagley Oval, taking the wickets of Chad Bowes and Michael Pollard before returning in his next over to snare Ken McClure.

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Meanwhile, at Eden Park, Auckland Aces’ Matt McEwan earned a maiden first-class hat-trick, with his feat also split over two overs, as Dean Brownlie, BJ Watling and Daryl Mitchell all fell for Northern Districts.

First Published: Mar 03, 2018 09:42 IST