WBBL 2019: Marizanne Kapp joins wife Dane van Niekerk in elusive club after taking a hat-trick

WBBL 2019: Marizanne Kapp joins wife Dane van Niekerk in elusive club after taking a hat-trick

Kapp's hat-trick helped Sixers crush the Stars.

Marizanne Kapp
Marizanne Kapp. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Saturday was a special day for South African fast bowler Marizanne Kapp. Playing for Sydney Sixers in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), she registered her first-ever hat-trick. She achieved the incredible feat against Melbourne Stars. In the process, she became only the second Sydney Sixers and fourth overall in the tournament to take a hat-trick.

But there was another aspect to her achievement that made it even more special. Marizanne Kapp joined her wife and teammate Dane van Niekerk in the list of players who have taken a hat-trick for Sydney Sixers. Niekerk had taken a hat-trick for the Sixers a couple of years ago. She was also playing the match and picked up a couple of wickets conceding 18 runs.

Both Marizanne and Niekerk now have two hat-tricks under their name, one in international cricket and one in the Women’s Big Bash League. Marizanne picked up the hat-trick in the 19th over of Stars’ innings as she took the wickets of Madeline Penna, Nicola Hancock and Holly Ferling.

Here is a clip of Marizanne Kapp’s hat-trick:

Marizanne Kapp helps Sixers win the game

Riding on Marizanne Kapp’s hat-trick, the Sixers thrashed the Stars by eight wickets. The Sixers never let the Stars get off the hook as they kept things tight with the ball after Stars captain Elyse Villani elected to bat first. Van Niekerk struck with her first ball of the tournament to remove opener Lizelle Lee in the fourth over.

Villani, on the other hand, found the going tough as she struggled her way to 14 from 32 deliveries.  Mignon du Preez then scored 47 from 44 to give some respectability to the total. The Stars eventually finished their innings on a modest 107 for 9. Sixers were the favourites to chase down the total and they did it with ease.

Opener Alyssa Healy set the tone for the chase by hitting 2 fours and as many maximums during her 18-ball 27 runs knock. Ellyse Perry, on the other hand, played second fiddle and remained unbeaten on 39 to take her side home in the 18th over. She was well supported by Ashleigh Gardner who struck 32.

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