Hat-tricks are rare in international cricket. Be it men’s or women’s, it has occurred a total of 12 times on the international stage – 100 in the men’s game and 26 in the women’s game.
Megan Schutt took the 127th international hat-trick which is also the 27th in women’s international cricket. It was her second hat-trick in international cricket and she became the first bowler to do so in Women’s cricket. It was the 11th hat-trick in Women’s ODI cricket overall. She took a hat-trick last year in March against India.
Hence, as we celebrate Schutt’s incredible achievement, we recollect all the hat-tricks taken in Women’s ODIs.
Carole Hodges (vs Denmark – 1993)
Carole Hodges was an England cricketer who batted in the top-order and bowled off-spin regularly. She was the first bowler to take an ODI hat-trick. In fact, it was just the second hat-trick in the history of women’s cricket. It was just the second game of the World Cup and England’s first. They scored 286 in their 60 overs against Denmark. The latter were rolled over for a mere 47 and Hodges cleaned up the tail and the hat-trick came through the last three wickets. She finished with four wickets for three runs in that innings.
Julie Harris (vs West Indies – 1993)
The second ODI hat-trick didn’t even take a week. Just six days after Carole Hodges made history, Julie Harris etched her name in the history books. Batting first, West Indies were in trouble at 69/6. However, there was a small partnership that was growing. But Harris put all the fightback to rest. She picked up a hat-trick as she wiped out the tail to bundle out the Windies for a paltry score (96).
Emily Drumm (vs Australia – 1996)
Emily Drumm was a top-order batter who bowled a bit. She could chip in well but it was her efforts with the bat that were most noted. However, she became just the third bowler and second New Zealand women to pick up an ODI hat-trick. Australia were looking good at 135/3. However, Drumm’s one over changed the course of the game and derailed Australia’s innings. She picked up the wickets of Goss, Garey and Broadbent and finished with figures of 3/22 from his eight overs. Her efforts helped New Zealand square the three-match ODI series 1-1.
Clare Connor (vs India – 1999)
Here is yet another top-order batter who has taken an ODI hat-trick. Clarke Connor used to bat at No. 3 and chip in really well with the ball for England. In 1999, she picked up a hat-trick in Northampton. However, it came in a losing cause. India had already put up a decent score and it was in the final over when Connor took the hat-trick. She dismissed Rupi Shastri, Hemlata Kala and Anjum Chopra to complete the hat-trick.
Saibh Young (vs England – 2001)
Defending 116 irrespective of the pitch, conditions and opposition isn’t easy. However, Ireland Women made it possible against England Women in 2001. Saibh Young led the charge with a brilliant hat-trick in the middle. She first dismissed the top-scorer, Harper before cleaning up Rainford-Brent and Clarke on the next two deliveries. That set the platform for Ireland’s win.
Lotte Egging (vs Pakistan – 2008)
Lotte Egging played international cricket only for three years but she made history as she became the first and only Netherlands bowler to take a hat-trick in international cricket. She bowled well at the start and it was only at the end did she get to a hat-trick. She dismissed Pakistan’s Asmavia Iqbal, Qanita Jalil and Sadia Yousuf to pick up the last three wickets of the innings. Unfortunately, Netherlands lost as they failed to stand up with the bat.
Dane van Niekerk (vs West Indies – 2013)
Dane van Niekerk is a superstar in world cricket. Her all-round skills are one of the most sought ones in T20 leagues around the world. She’s scored runs with the bat and has also chipped in regularly with the ball. Chasing just 207 in 50 overs, van Niekerkof this collapse as she dismissed KJ Garth, CMA Shillington and MV Waldron for ducks.
Inoka Ranaweera (vs New Zealand – 2015)
This is another hat-trick that came at the end of the innings. New Zealand were comfortably placed and were already call the shots in the game. In the final over, Inoka Ranaweera came in and wrote her name in the history books. She became the first-ever Sri Lankan women’s cricketer to take a hat-trick. It were the last three balls of the innings as Peterson, Bermingham and Tahuhu were sent back to the pavilion.
Rumana Ahmed (vs Ireland – 2016)
Rumana Ahmed has been around for quite some time now. However, it was only last year when Ahmed picked a hat-trick. Bangladesh had scored just 106 batting first. Ireland were also on course to chase it down but a collapse turned things around and everything went down the drain. Ahmed made merry in the middle of this collapse as she dismissed KJ Garth, CMA Shillington and MV Waldron for ducks.
Masabata Klaas (vs Pakistan – 2019)
Masabata Klaas has been playing white-ball cricket for a decade now and despite being just 28 years old, she seems pretty experienced. Earlier this year, she took a hat-trick against Pakistan in Potchefstroom. A good start and a good middle-order partnership held Pakistan in good stead but regular wickets kept hampering them. Hence, Klaas triggered a collapse as she sent back Aliya Riaz, Umaima Sohail and Sidra Nawaz in successive deliveries. It was the 10th hat-trick in Women’s ODIs.
Megan Schutt (vs West Indies – 2019)
Megan Schutt is the latest entrant in this list. The Aussie pacer has already taken a T20I hat-trick before. She took it last year in March against India. This time around, it was West Indies who faced the brunt. Like quite a few in this list, Schutt picked up a hat-trick on the last three balls of the innings. Chinelle Henry, Afy Fletcher and Karishma Ramharack were Schutt’s victims.