FLT20 Kent Spitfires v Gloucestershire Gladiators, Beckenham, 15 June 2011
© Sarah Ansell & Kent Cricket
“Left-armer Riaz overcame a case of the jitters to take five wickets in seven balls, including a hat-trick, and Mahmood then clattered an unbeaten 106 from 57 balls to guide Kent to their second win of the campaign with seven balls to spare.
Riaz, on his home debut, conceded 13 in his first over and appeared edgy, aborting his run-up twice before sending down his first ball, but his decision to bowl around the wicket for his second over saw an upturn in his fortunes………..
Having stalled in his run-up twice more, Riaz eventually found his range by bowling Chris Taylor for 5 as the batsman walked across his stumps aiming an audacious paddle to leg. Ed Young, in looking to run the next ball to third man, edged to wicketkeeper Jones and then Richard Coughtrie lost leg stump when making room to force through the covers. It was Kent’s second hat-trick in the competition following Ryan McLaren’s t20 final treble against the same opponents at Edgbaston in 2007.
In his next over Riaz castled Alex Gidman (28) and David Payne, leaving Muttiah Muralitharan to survive the next and deny Riaz a unique double hat-trick. Muralitharan was run out off the final ball of the innings, however, leaving Riaz with figures of 5 for 17 from his three overs and Kent’s first five-wicket haul in competition history.”