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Watch: Michael Neser completes hat-trick with outrageous hooping in-swinger as Jonny Bairstow watches on

Michael Neser hat-trick, Glamorgan v Yorkshire
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: Playing against Yorkshire at Headingley, Michael Neser of Glamorgan completed the second hat-trick of the 2023 County Championship.

Asked to bat at Leeds, Glamorgan were reduced to 1-2 by Ben Coad (2-18) before Marnus Labuschagne (65) and Sam Northeast (49) added 82 for the third wicket. Mickey Edwards (3-54) and George Hill (3-62) then helped Yorkshire bowl out Glamorgan for 245.

Yorkshire did not find playing on the surface easy either. After Timm van der Gugten (2-46) took out the openers, Neser reduced them to 62-5 by stumps. The wickets included two night watchman sent out before Jonny Bairstow began his comeback innings. Dawid Malan (25) and Bairstow then took them to 90 for no further loss on the second morning.


Then Neser bowled one straight. The left-handed Malan missed the flick and was trapped leg-before.

Neser switched to over the wicket to the right-handed Hill. He pitched the ball outside off, Hill shouldered arms, and the ball curled back in to hit the stumps.

On a hat-trick, Neser’s next ball was to the right-handed Dom Bess. It swung even further and, like Hill, Bess shouldered arms with an identical outcome.

Neser became the second bowler, after Tom Price of Gloucestershire, to complete the hat-trick this season. Price’s wickets, all caught behind, were Azhar Ali, Jack Haynes, and Brett D’Oliveira of Worcestershire.

He also became the 11th Glamorgan bowler (and the first since Robert Croft against Gloucestershire in 2010) to take a first-class hat-trick. This was the second hat-trick by a Glamorgan bowler against Yorkshire, after Jeff Jones’ 1962 feat in Harrogate. Stuart Broad’s hat-trick (in the 2014 Test match against Sri Lanka) was the 13th at Headingley and, until Neser, the last at the venue.

Having watched this procession from the other end, Bairstow helped Yorkshire avoid the ignominy of being bowled out for a two-digit score. He was left stranded on 20 as they were bowled out for 106. Neser finished with a career-best 7-32.

Watch Michael Neser complete a hat-trick:

Dawid Malan, LBW:

George Hill, bowled:

Dom Bess, bowled:

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