Fast bowler takes five wickets in first-class over

Neil Wagner in action
South African-born Wagner qualifies to play for New Zealand next year

A fast bowler in New Zealand has become only the fifth player in first-class cricket history to take five wickets in six balls.

Neil Wagner achieved the feat for Otago in a four-day Plunket Shield match against Wellington in Queenstown.

His figures of 6-36 ensured Otago won the match by an innings and 138 runs.

South African Wagner joins compatriot William Henderson, Englishmen Bill Copson and Pat Pocock and Pakistani Yasir Arafat in an exclusive list.

All-rounder Arafat was the last player to achieve the impressive feat for Rawalpindi against Faisalabad in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy back in 2004.

When left-armer Wagner began his record-equalling over just before lunch, Wellington were 136-4 chasing Otago's first innings of 441-8 dec.

He had opener Stewart Rhodes caught by Neil Broom for 77 before bowling Justin Austin-Smellie, Jeetan Patel and Illi Tugaga for golden ducks.

Mark Gillespie survived the fifth delivery before he was bowled with the last ball of the over as Wellington collapsed to 136-9, with Otago enforcing the follow on after the visitors were bowled out for 148.

And Wagner picked up a further three wickets in the second innings as Wellington were dismissed for 155, finishing the four-day match with a day to spare.

The previous best performance in an over by a bowler in New Zealand was in 1930 when Englishman Maurice Allom took four wickets in five balls against New Zealand in a Test match in Christchurch.

Wagner, who has now taken 48 wickets for Otago this season, can qualify to play for New Zealand internationally next year on residency grounds.

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