The 26-year-old pacer Megan Schutt became the first Australian Women’s bowler and 11th overall bowler to claim a hat-trick in Women’s ODI history. Also, she became the first bowler in Women’s international cricket history to claim more than one hat-trick and that too in different formats.
On Wednesday (11th September), Windies Women and Australia Women met in the last ODI of the three-match ODI series at Antigua. Australia Women already secured the ODI series before that third ODI as they were leading that series by 2-0. However, Australia Women side made the third ODI memorable with some great achievements.
Megan Schutt claimed a hat-trick in the final over of the first innings
Megan Schutt claimed a hat-trick in the final moment of Windies Women’s innings. On the fourth, fifth and sixth balls of the 50th over, Schutt dismissed the lower-order batters Chinelle Henry (39 runs), Karishma Ramharack (0 runs) and Afy Fletcher (3 runs) respectively. While Schutt bowled Henry and Fletcher, Ramharack gave a catch to Ellyse Perry. Schutt finished that match with the bowling figures of 10-2-24-3.
With that hat-trick, Schutt became the 11th overall cricketer but first Australian Women’s cricketer to claim a hat-trick in Women’s ODI history.
Here are the brief details of the hat-tricks in Women’s ODI history
|Carole Hodges (England)||Denmark||Susanne Neilsen, Pia Thomsen and Heidi Kjaer||Banstead||20 July 1993|
|Julie Harris (New Zealand)||West Indies||Eugena Gregg, Cherry-Ann Singh and Patricia Felicien||Chiswick||26 July 1993|
|Emily Drumm (New Zealand)||Australia||Zoe Goss, Jo Garey and Joanne Broadbent||Adelaide||3 February 1996|
|Clare Connor (England)||India||Rupi Shastri, Hemlata Kala and Anjum Chopra||Northampton||9 July 1999|
|Saibh Young (Ireland)||England||Laura Harper, Ebony Rainford-Brent and Sarah Clarke||Reading||12 August 2001|
|Lotte Egging (Netherlands)||Pakistan||Asmavia Iqbal, Qanita Jalil and Sadia Yousuf||Stellenbosch||22 February 2008|
|Dane van Niekerk (South Africa)||West Indies||Shaquana Quintyne, Anisa Mohammed and Tremayne Smartt||Basseterre||7 January 2013|
|Inoka Ranaweera (Sri Lanka)||New Zealand||Anna Peterson, Erin Bermingham and Lea Tahuhu||Lincoln||3 November 2015|
|Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh)||Ireland||Kim Garth, Clare Shillington and Mary Waldron||Belfast||10 September 2016|
|Masabata Klaas (South Africa)||Pakistan||Aliya Riaz, Umaima Sohail and Sidra Nawaz||Potchefstroom||9 May 2019|
|Megan Schutt (Australia)||West Indies||Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher||Antigua||11 September 2019|
It was the second international hat-trick for Megan Schutt
Meanwhile, Megan Schutt became the first player in women’s international cricket history to claim two hat-tricks and that too in different formats. Earlier, on 26th March 2018, Schutt claimed her first international hat-trick against India Women at Mumbai T20I. In that T20I game, she dismissed Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma in three consecutive deliveries.
Ellyse Perry completed 150 ODI wickets
Coming back to the Antigua ODI, earlier in Windies’ innings, Ellyse Perry completed her 150th ODI wicket after dismissing the opener Reniece Boyce (1). In her 109th ODI, Australian right-arm pacer Perry achieved this feat. She became the third bowler to claim at least 150 wickets in Women’s ODI history. Only the Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami (218 wickets) and former Aussie pacer Cathryn Fitzpatrick (180 wickets) are ahead of Perry in the most wickets list in Women’s ODI history.
Finally, Windies Women were bundled out for just 180 runs (50 overs). Kyshona Knight (40 runs) scored the highest runs for her team in that innings. Lower-order batswomen Chinelle Henry (39 runs) and Sheneta Grimmond (34 runs) added some crucial runs.
In reply, Australia Women chased down that target in 31.1 overs after losing only two wickets. Opener and wicketkeeper-batswoman Alyssa Healy (61 runs) and captain Meg Lanning (58* runs) helped the team to chase down that target easily.
Meg Lanning became the leading international run-scorer for Australia Women
During Australian innings, Meg Lanning became the most run-scorer for Australia Women in international cricket history. Surpassing the former cricketer Karen Rolton, who scored 6,221 international runs for Australia Women, Lanning has scored 6,233 international runs for this team.
Australia Women won this match by eight wickets with 113 balls remaining and won the three-match ODI series by 3-0.