Hobart Hurricanes star Nathan Ellis has picked up just the second hat-trick of the Big Bash season, but appeared unaware he had achieved the feat. Ellis bowled career-best figures of 4-27 from four overs as fellow quick Riley Meredith (2-14 from four overs) struck early blows to leave the Sydney Thunder reeling.
But it was the nature of Ellis' hat-trick that appeared to leave the Hurricanes confused. Ellis took three scalps, including the last ball of the fourth over and the first two deliveries of the 15th over.
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When he bowled McAndrew through the gate, Ellis ran down and celebrated with his teammates. But the celebrations appeared subdued as Ellis seemed to recount whether it was a hat-trick or not.
"I don't think he knows. He has no idea it's a hat-trick. This is always the issue when a bowler picks up the wicket (across multiple overs)," the commentator said.
The cricket world also questioned the bizarre reaction from the Hurricanes. Many agreed Ellis may have been unaware he had just become the 10th person in Big Bas history to take a hat-trick.
He is the second player this year after Michael Nesser.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 15, 2023
Nathan Ellis hat-trick! 🔥 And he barely celebrates. Does he even know? 😆 #BBL12
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) January 15, 2023
Nathan Ellis got a hat-trick in BBL just now & now body knows,got a wicket in last ball of his final over & now 2 wickets in first 2 balls of second over. Everyone seems to be silent.👀#BBL12 #bigbashleague
— Archisman Mishra (@iamarchis16) January 15, 2023
— Rick Eyre on cricket (@rickeyrecricket) January 15, 2023
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To open the game, Mereditch dismissed Test and ODI opener David Warner in just his second game this season after a nine-year BBL hiatus. Warner was outfor a second-ball duck in the first over.
Meredith trapped Sam Whiteman lbw in the fifth over to leave Sydney reeling at 3-19 after they won the toss and elected to bat.
Whiteman reviewed the on-field decision seemingly after the 15-second deadline had passed.
But it didn't matter, with tracking revealing the ball was crashing into middle stump.
The match is crucial for the finals hopes of both sides, with the sixth-placed Hurricanes sitting one win behind the Thunder in fifth.
On his return to the Hobart side, spinner Paddy Dooley picked up an economical 3-22 including the final wicket on the last ball.
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