Friday, 17 April 2020 marks 13 years since former Proteas all-rounder Andrew Hall claimed a maiden five-wicket haul.
Hall’s five for 18 propelled South Africa to a nine-wicket victory over England during a key 2007 World Cup fixture at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.
He had claimed four-wicket hauls in ODIs against Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan years prior, before racking up his first five-for.
It changed in Barbados, where he was deployed as a second-change bowler – and capitalised in conducive conditions. Hall welcomed the onus and responsibility, especially as fast bowler Makhaya Ntini had been left out of the XI.
Hall’s five-fold collection included the dismissals of all-rounder Paul Collingwood, wicketkeeper-batsman Paul Nixon and tail-enders James Anderson and Sajid Mahmood. The highlight, though, was his removal of the dangerous Andrew Flintoff.
Right-armer Hall sniped the ball off the seam into Flintoff, who was bowled through the proverbial gate.
England were limited to a mere 154 all out, which the Proteas surpassed with 184 deliveries on the back of a commanding 89 not out from captain Graeme Smith.
‘We knew exactly what Hall was going to produce,’ lamented England captain Michael Vaughan after the match.
‘The wicket was very similar to what we see in South Africa. Today, it was my turn to cash in,’ enthused Hall.
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