Starc breaks 39-year drought
LIGHTNING struck twice at Hurstville Oval last week when NSW and Australian left-arm paceman Mitch Starc took hat-tricks to end both WA innings.
Starc, pictured, became just the eighth player to take two hat-tricks in the one first-class match, and the first since left-arm orthodox bowler Amin Lakhani, for Universities and Young Pakistan against a near Test-strength Indian team at Multan in 1978.
Two of the eight bowlers captured two hat-tricks in the one innings.
Playing for Middlesex against Somerset at Lord’s in 1907, Albert Trott grabbed four wickets in four balls and then finished off the visitors’ innings with a conventional hat-trick.
Sadly, Trott, who appeared twice for England against South Africa after earlier playing three Ashes Tests for Australia (he made 195 unbeaten runs in his first three innings), took his own life aged 41.
In a 1963 Ranji Trophy match at Amritsar, Services right-arm medium-pacer Joginder Rao captured 7-30 – including twin hat-tricks – in Northern Punjab’s second innings.
This was just Rao’s second first-class appearance.
Less than a week earlier in Delhi – in his debut bowling innings – he took 6-24 including a hat-trick as Jammu and Kashmir collapsed from 1-31 to 7-31 en route to 47 all out. Three hat-tricks in his first two games. Alas, after taking 21 wickets at a miserly 9.67 in five Ranji Trophy matches spanning just 20 days, Rao’s first-class career was over. A captain in the Indian Army, Rao was injured in a parachuting accident, but later represented his country in golf.
The other four twin hat-trickers are:
Alfred Shaw – Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire, at Nottingham in 1884. Shaw had bowled the first ball in Test cricket, against Australia at the MCG on March 15, 1877.
Jimmy Matthews – Australia v South Africa, at Old Trafford in 1912. Bizarrely, Matthews’ hat-tricks were his only wickets for the match and he finished with just 16 in an eight-Test career. The Victorian leg-spinner dismissed Springbok wicketkeeper and Test debutant Tom Ward for a king pair. Charlie Parker – Gloucestershire v Middlesex, at Bristol in 1924. Parker took 3278 wickets in 635 first-class games, yet played just the one Test (an Ashes draw in 1921). Roland Jenkins – Worcestershire v Surrey, at Worcester in 1949. The leg-spinner snared 32 wickets in nine Tests.