Clark snares hat-trick in stunning spell

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Albany cricketer Jordan Clark produced a stunning spell of bowling while representing Australia’s Under-16s, claiming a hat-trick and finishing with figures of 5-39.

Speaking after the match in the third One Day International against Pakistan in Dubai, Clark said the hat-trick came as a surprise.

“A hat-trick and five-for was the last thing I thought I’d end up with,” he said. “I hadn’t bowled too well throughout the day, went quite expensively, then bowled this relatively good ball which the batsman missed.

“I kind of half-appealed, thought he may have it, but then next ball got him, he nicked off.

“Laws (wicket-keeper Lawson Eva) took a good catch behind the stumps.”

Clark said the next ball was identical to the previous delivery.

“The new batsman came in and then it was the same again pretty much — same ball, same shot, same result,” he said.

“That was the end of my over, I had to wait — they were nine down while Juddy (Angus Judd) was bowling to the bloke on 100.

“He managed to get himself on strike for the hat-trick ball, I wasn’t really backing myself in, but I also thought that I was a chance.

“I just went with the same plan, around the wicket and clean bowled him.”

Clark also chipped in with 23 runs with the bat but it was not enough to get Australia over the line as they went down by 128 runs to Pakistan, who clinched the series 2-1.

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