London: Pakistan paceman Mohammad Abbas took six wickets for simply 11 runs, together with a hat-trick, on Friday to go away Hampshire heading in the right direction for victory over Middlesex in England’s County Championship.
After Hampshire had made 319 of their first innings on the second day of 4 at Southampton, it was not lengthy earlier than new-ball bowler Abbas struck on his method to outstanding figures of 6-11 in 11 overs as Middlesex slumped to 79 all out.
“It’s a great day for me,” Abbas instructed BBC Radio Solent after stumps.
“I took two wickets and before I bowled for my third wicket I realised Ramadan is going on and that is lucky for us and Friday is a day that is lucky for me.”
Middlesex opener Max Holden added: “Mohammad Abbas is a world-class bowler, but there’s no excuses for getting bowled out for 79 on that wicket.”
Hampshire captain James Vince opted towards imposing the follow-on and at stumps the hosts had been 204-2 of their second innings– an enormous lead of 444 runs, with Ian Holland 90 not out and Sam Northeast unbeaten on 99.
Abbas, famend for being particularly correct within the form of early season circumstances in England that always help seam bowling, struck twice in two balls in his first over to dismiss Holden and Nick Gubbins.
The 31-year-old then accomplished his maiden first-class hat-trick with the primary supply of his second over when Middlesex captain Steve Eskinazi fell for a duck edging to wicketkeeper Lewis McManus.
Abbas then had each Robbie White and Martin Andersson lbw for nought apiece.
At that stage Middlesex had been 14-5, with Abbas having taken all of the wickets to fall.
Sam Robson turned Abbas’ sixth sufferer when caught behind for 18 as Hampshire seemed to keep up their unbeaten begin to the Championship season after a gap win over Leicestershire.