Australia captain Meg Lanning dropped a simple catch at first slip, denying Alana King a hat-trick in the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Australia captain Meg Lanning during a Commonwealth match. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Alana King took career-best 4/8 against Barbados in the 2022 Games
- Australia have qualified for the Commonwealth cricket semi-finals
- Megan Schutt is the only Australian to take hat-trick in women’s T20I
Australia captain Meg Lanning said that she wanted to dig a hole and jump in it after dropping a simple catch which denied leg-spinner Alana King a rare hat-trick at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
In a Group A fixture between Australia and Barbados, King removed Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell in consecutive balls. The Australian fielders crowded in close but when King drew a thick edge off Keila Elliott, Lanning, who was standing at first slip, fumbled to what would have been a straightforward catch.
Had Lanning held onto the catch, it would have been just the second hat-trick by an Australian in women’s T20Is after Megan Schutt’s hat-trick against India in 2018. Eventually, King finished with a career-best 4/8 in four over as Barbados folded for just 64.
“I’ll have nightmares,” Lanning told reporters after the match. “I wanted to dig a hole and jump in it as quick as I could.
“I don’t know, I tried my best and I dropped it. I wasn’t overly pleased. Let’s put it that way. I was just disappointed for Kingy, she was bowling so well and to let her down like that was not ideal. But that’s cricket, I guess.”
Lanning, along with opener Alyssa Healy, took Australia home comfortably inside nine overs and secured their team’s semi-finals berth at the Commonwealth Games.
“I was just keen to contribute really,” Lanning continued. “I was just pouncing on some loose balls when I got them. (The pitch) has tended to be a little bit tricky to start, and you’ve got to get the pace of the wicket and make sure that you’re playing the appropriate shots … then once you get a feel for it, you can accelerate pretty quick.”
King on her part was understanding. She said: “No one means to drop the ball or anything, it’s just the way the game goes, but I’m happy that I could contribute in whatever way I can.
“Every ball I bowl I’m trying to get a wicket so that was no different. It caught the outside edge and that’s just cricket, I guess. But I’m just really happy with how I played today.”
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