Jordan Clark Dismisses Joe Root, Kane Williamson And Jonny Bairstow In Roses Hat-Trick
Jordan Clark became the first man in 50 years to grab a hat-trick in a Roses match, as the Lancashire fast bowler dismissed three Yorkshire international cricketers on the way to his sensational feat on day one of the County Championship division one match.
Clark kicked off his three wickets in three balls by dismissing England captain Joe Root for 22, as he caught the number three on the pads after Root had looked in fine touch and he was given out LBW, but there was still plenty to come from the Red Rose quick.
Following Root's exit from the field it brought New Zealand superstar Kane Williamson to the wicket, but he was dismissed in similar fashion to Root, as Williamson was caught on the pads and Clark had duly dismissed two of the world's best batsmen in two balls, both leg before wicket.
With a spring in his step, Clark walked back to his mark, and it was Jonny Bairstow's job to try and fend off the hat-trick ball, but the England middle order batsman could only prod at a ball outside the off stump, and the ball went to his England colleague Jos Buttler in the slips, and Buttler held on to help Clark grab one of the finest hat-tricks in the history of the game.
Yorkshire headed into lunch at 61-4, but it was Clark's brilliance that will reverberate around the world, as he dismissed three of the best batsmen in the world, and it was the first hat-trick in a Roses match since Ken Higgs landed one at Headingley in 1968.