Did you know Jimmy Matthews holds the record of taking 2 hat-tricks on the same day
Did you know Jimmy Matthews holds the record of taking 2 hat-tricks on the same day

On May 28th, 1912 Jimmy Matthews playing for Australia took not just one but 2 hat-tricks on the same day. When Australia was playing against South Africa, Matthews took a hat-trick in each inning of South Africa which were played on the same day, thus took Two Hat-Tricks In A Day.

About Jimmy Matthews (from Wikipedia Page)

Possibly the best all-round cricketer Williamstown has produced”, Matthews played in eight Test matches for the Australian cricket team, two in Australia in the 1911/12 season, and six in the 1912 Triangular Tournament in England.

He played first-class cricket for Victoria in the seasons from 1906/07 to 1914/15, playing in 67 first-class matches in all, although 28 were played for Australia on the 1912 tour of England.

He is famed for being the only player to have ever taken two hat-tricks in the same Test match.

In the opening Test of the 1912 Triangular Tournament, playing against South Africa at Old Trafford, he took a hat-trick in each innings.

He took the last three wickets in South Africa’s first innings, to prevent them avoiding the follow on; later the same day, 28 May 1912, he took a second hat-trick in the second innings.

None of the dismissals required the assistance of any fielders: the first batsman was bowled, then two were leg before wicket, then another bowled, and finally two more caught and bowled. South African wicket-keeper Tommy Ward was his third victim in both hat-tricks, being the only known instance of a king pair on debut in Test cricket.

Matthews took no other wickets in the match, giving him match figures of 6 wickets for 54 runs, but he did take a further 9 wickets in the series, including 4/29 in the fifth match of the series, again against South Africa.

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