Eastern Province’s Kelly Smuts made history during a Sunfoil 3-Day Cup game in Paarl this past weekend.
Smuts has written his name into cricket’s history books by eclipsing an 88-year-old world record for a collective individual first-class performance. Smuts, whose older brother Jon-Jon plays for the Warriors, produced a remarkable effort with both bat and ball to ensure his name will remain etched in the annals of cricket statistics.
Playing against Boland, the 26-year-old former Graeme College star took seven wickets for 36 runs in Boland’s first innings of 205, reports the Herald.
Smuts then scored 108 in EP’s first innings of 442. He then went on to take six second-innings wickets, four of which came off consecutive deliveries to give him a hat-trick.
In the process Smuts became the first player to score a century and take 13 wickets in a first-class match in South Africa, and the 25th overall in the world.
He is also the second player worldwide to score a century and take four wickets in four balls in first-class cricket after Kevan James (Hampshire vs India in Southampton in 1996).