Bupa Sheffield Shield

Sayers hat-trick spurs Redbacks

Redbacks bowler opens the season with a bang


31 October 2014, 05:30 PM AEST

Sayers claims a hat-trick

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Paceman Chadd Sayers became the first South Australian in almost four decades to claim a hat-trick when routing Queensland's top order in their Sheffield Shield match.

Sayers took three wickets in consecutive deliveries as the Bulls reached 3-98 at lunch, with opener Marnus Labuschagne not out 66, on Friday's opening day at Adelaide Oval.

The Redbacks' swing bowler dismissed Joe Burns, debutant Ben McDermott and Peter Forrest for the first hat-trick by a South Australian in first-class cricket since Andrew Sincock in November 1977.

Sayers produced a superb inswinger to bowl Burns (14) when the score was 27.

Next ball, McDermott, the youngest son of ex-Test great Craig McDermott who was making his first-class debut, was trapped lbw by another in-dipper.

Sayers then produced a fine leg-cutter on the hat-trick delivery which Forrest, playing defensively, edged to wicketkeeper Tim Ludemann.

Sayers, who had figures of 3-19 from 11 overs at lunch, is the 10th South Australian to record the rare feat in first-class matches.

South Australian bowlers to claim a hat-trick G Giffen (v GF Vernon's XI, Adelaide Oval, 1887/88) H Hay (v Lord Hawke's XI, Unley Oval, 1902/03) JN Crawford (v Western Australia, Adelaide Oval, 1912/13) CV Grimmett (v Queensland, Exhibition Ground, Brisbane, 1928/29) MG Waite (v Marylebone Cricket Club, Adelaide Oval, 1935/36) B Dooland (v Victoria, St Kilda Cricket Ground, Melbourne, 1945/46) D Robins (v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval, 1965/66) W Prior (v New South Wales, Adelaide Oval, 1975/76) AT Sincock (v India, Adelaide Oval, 1977/78)