Ali forced to wait for hat-trick opportunity

Kabir Ali, right, enjoyed a productive spell with the ball against Yorkshire, despite missing out on a career-first hat-trick  Picture: Neil Marshall
Kabir Ali, right, enjoyed a productive spell with the ball against Yorkshire, despite missing out on a career-first hat-trick Picture: Neil Marshall
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Kabir Ali saw the opportunity of his first career hat-trick pass him by but insisted: I’m not too disappointed.

The Hampshire bowler picked up two wickets in two balls on a day when just 26 overs of Ageas Bowl play was possible between the hosts and Yorkshire, following the total wash-out of day one.

There was a prompt start at 11am.

But just before 1pm, the rain arrived and the players were not seen again as play was abandoned at around 4pm for yet another rain-ruined day’s cricket.

In the short period of action, Hampshire struck three times to leave the visitors in early trouble at 28 for three.

Although, they did recover to 83 for three before the weather intervened.

James Tomlinson trapped opener Adam Lyth (two) to make the breakthrough, before Ali then took centre-stage.

The Hampshire bowler claimed his first victim to remove the dangerous Phil Jaques (12) when he produced a cracking delivery to induce the edge behind to Michael Bates.

And with recent England Test debutant Jonny Bairstow then dismissed for a golden duck with the very next ball through the same combination, Ali sensed the rare feat of three wickets in three balls – although he had to wait until his next over for a chance at Gary Ballance.

While the Yorkshire batsman survived, Ali was satisfied with his lot as Joe Root (46 not out) and Ballance (17 not out) steadied the Yorkshire ship.

He said: ‘I sometimes get lucky with two quick wickets but I’ve never had a hat-trick in my life.

‘Hopefully at some stage I will get to do it. I would have loved to have done it but I was just happy to get the two wickets.

‘The wicket is a bit slow. It’s nibbling a little bit but, as a bowling unit, we bowled well.

‘I thought it came out nicely for me and I will take a lot from that and hopefully pick up where we left off on day three.

‘It’s just a shame that the day came to an end when it did because we would have liked to have been in an even better position.

‘Jaques is a big player for them and Bairstow isn’t bad, either, so it was nice to get those two out early.

‘I was thinking about the hat-trick while I had to wait for the next over but a dot ball is almost as good as anything.

‘Getting a hat-trick can be a bit of a lottery but I’m sure it will happen at some point in my career.’