Hat-Trick! South African spinner makes history with T20 World Cup hat-trick

Madison Landsman of South Africa’s U19 Women’s squad set a new record with a brilliant and match-defining hat-trick on the third day of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023.

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The leg-spinner all-rounder went on to deliver the 15th over of Scotland’s second innings, with the run rate increasing but the chase still alive in what had been a close affair in Benoni. But the 18-year-old placed South Africa on the cusp of a stunning victory, their first of the tournament, with three wickets in three balls, leaving the Scots reeling at 60/8.

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A flighted delivery with the second ball of the over lured Maryam Faisal into a big shot, but she was fooled in the air and a top edge looped up to give keeper Karabo Meso a straightforward catch. Niamh Muir was enticed into a drive off the following delivery, spooning the ball into the covers where skipper Oluhle Siyo clutched on to the catch at the second attempt.

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And, with the field closing in on him, Landsman went up for the hat-trick ball and a chance to create history. The spinner gave it lots of flight, luring the batsman into another terrible hit, with Orla Montgomery aiming for the big heave and entirely missing the ball, which clattered onto the off-stump.

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The celebrations were massive, not just for the hat trick, but also for the influence it had on the game and South Africa’s T20 World Cup prospects. The win puts the Proteas in a strong position to advance to the next round after they were defeated by India in their last match, with UAE yet to play in their final Group D match.

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