County Championship: James Faulkner takes Lancashire hat-trick

James Faulkner
James Faulkner has taken six wickets in the County Championship for Lancashire this season
LV= County Championship Division Two, Emirates Old Trafford (day one)
Leicestershire: 207: Agathangelou 54, Bailey 4-69, Faulkner 3-53
Lancashire: Yet to bat
Lancashire 3 pts, Leicestershire 1 pt
Match scorecard

James Faulkner took a hat-trick as Lancashire put themselves in command on day one against Leicestershire.

The Australian seamer had Ben Raine caught at point then trapped Jigar Naik and Charlie Shreck leg before wicket.

Tom Bailey (4-69) had earlier helped reduce the visitors to 78-5, Andrea Agathangelou's 54 against his former team proving the only real resistance.

Kyle Jarvis (3-72) took the final wicket as Leicestershire were all out for 207, before bad light ended play.

Emulating fellow Aussie
James Faulkner is not the first Australian to take a hat-trick for Lancashire - Ted McDonald took the last of his three hat-tricks in 1930

Zimbabwean paceman Jarvis's 50th scalp of a highly successful season, makes him the first bowler to reach the milestone this summer.

Faulkner's hat-trick was the first for Lancashire since England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson performed the feat against Essex in May 2003.

He reached the milestone in a match which is starting at an experimental time of 12:30 BST in an attempt to boost attendances.

Lancashire fast bowler James Faulkner:

"It all happened pretty fast, but it was nice to contribute. I didn't know until I was walking back to my mark after the second wicket and the umpire told me I was on a hat-trick.

"The rest of the boys had no idea either. The first wicket was a wide half-volley - probably the worst ball of my spell. It wasn't a great ball, and you take them any way you can.

"We weren't really on it as a bowling group. There were too many four-balls. But it was just one of those days when things work out. When you bowl a team out for 200 on day one, it is a good day."

Leicestershire batsman Andrea Agathangelou told BBC Radio Leicester:

"I'm not that pleased, I got a start which is something you fight through but I would have like to have got my hands a little dirtier and taken the game a little deeper. If I had it over again I would have tried to graft a little longer.

"I stand by batting first, the wicket is a lot better than we made it to be, it was a combination of some bad shots as well, it's definitely not a 200-all out wicket, definitely 300.

"We need to stand together as a batting unit and hold our heads up, take it on the chin, we underperformed a little bit today."

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