‘Will I get my name up next to Warnie?’ – Alana King on Old Trafford hat-trick

Alana King paid a touching tribute to her hero Shane Warne after taking her first ever hat-trick, with the feat coming at Emirates Previous Trafford, the bottom the place the late Australian icon made his identify virtually 30 years in the past.

The 26-year-old Commonwealth Video games gold medalist – who narrowly missed out on taking a hat-trick within the group stage in opposition to Barbados – bowled Cordelia Griffith, trapped Sophie Ecclestone lbw and bowled Kate Cross to etch her identify into historical past with the primary hat-trick in one-and-a-bit seasons of the ladies’s Hundred.

“Will I get my identify up right here at Previous Trafford?” she requested. “That will be sensible. Hopefully proper subsequent to Warnie. He took poles right here for enjoyable, and I am certain he was trying down fairly glad.”

King was after all referring to Warne’s ball of the century to Mike Gatting right here in 1993.

“He was an enormous inspiration, however it wasn’t simply me. It was children all world wide who he impressed to select up legspin. He was positively the rationale I picked up legspin. Hopefully he is been proud watching down on me spin just a few.

“After I was a bit youthful, I did a few classes with him. All I keep in mind from that was him saying, ‘Spin it laborious and have some enjoyable’. I reside by that each single day.

“That is my first hat-trick. Not even in juniors did I take one. My first hat-trick at Previous Trafford, I could not have written it.

“As quickly as I bought that first wicket, I knew I needed to maintain aiming for the stumps. I am simply stoked that I can play my half for this staff. Kate Cross got here as much as me after the sport and mentioned, ‘I am unable to imagine I gave that wicket to you’.”

Not solely did King shine with the ball, she contributed two sixes in a vital unbeaten 19 off 9 deliveries on the finish of the Rockets innings, boosting them to 119 for five. She additionally took a wise low catch out at deep midwicket.

King added: “The ambiance was completely unbelievable. To get our first win was fairly particular. We knew we had been beneath par with the bat, and we would have liked to stay to our recreation plan with the ball. We wished to take some early wickets within the powerplay, which we did. As quickly as we bought their two openers out, we knew the stress was again on them.”

Originals’ coach Paul Shaw mentioned: “Within the first half, I believed we bowled and fielded rather well, and we had been glad chasing 120. However then the second bit, we did not play like we wished to play.

“Alana King’s a high quality performer who might be round for a very long time. She bowled actually, rather well. However we did not play her that effectively.”

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