Megan Schutt becomes first woman to script two international hat-tricks
Australian fast bowler Megan Schutt has created history be becoming the first woman cricketer to claim two hat-tricks in international cricket.
In the third and final one-day international match against West Indies on Wednesday, Schutt was wicket less until the 9.3 overs of her spell.
But she blistered past the Caribbean’s tail scalping three wickets in the remaining three balls of her final over dismissing Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher. She returned with the figure of 3 for 24 eventually.
West Indies woman were eventually bundled out for mere 180. While chasing 181, half centuries by opener Alyssa Healy (61) and captain Meg Lanning (58) helped Australia beat the hosts inside 32 overs of their innings.
The Aussies took the game by eight wickets in the third game of the five-match series.
It was the 11th hat-trick in women’s ODI cricket. Schutt became the seventh Australian cricketer – male or female, to achieve the feat in the 50-over format.
The 26-year old Schutt registered her first hat-trick in a Twenty20 game against India in March last year. She then removed opener Smriti Mandhana and skipper Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
“It was good to actually take it all in the one over. It’s kind of luck of the draw, it was the last over of the innings so you’re either getting hit for six or getting wickets,”
Schutt told cricket.com.au.
“I just hoped for the best really, I know my back-of-the-hand slower ball is effective on wickets that turn a bit so I just looked to take as much pace off as I could,” she added.