Starc claims double hat-trick
Mitchell Starc has underlined his outstanding form ahead of the Ashes series with two hat-ricks in a match in the Sheffield Shield.
The Australian left-arm paceman claimed his second hat-trick of the match to bowl NSW to a 171-run victory over Western Australia at Sydney's Hurstville Oval.
Starc had gone wicketless until he mopped up the Warriors' tail for the second straight day to finish with 3-41.
WA, who were chasing 395, fell apart after Shaun Marsh was dismissed in the last over before tea for 91. They lost 10 wickets for 44 to be dismissed for 223 as NSW collected a second win from as many Shield matches.
Starc had Jason Behrendorff caught behind and bowled David Moody with the last two balls of his 15th over.
He then had Jonathan Wells caught in the slips by captain Steve Smith with the first ball of his next over, as NSW secured a dramatic win with almost 10 overs to spare.
Smith said of Starc: "The shape he gets and the angle he creates from going so wide - it's difficult for batters, let alone tail-enders.
"Most people are pretty lucky to take one hat-trick in their career, but two in a game is a pretty fantastic effort."
The Warriors had made a good start, with an opening stand of 179 between Marsh and Cameron Bancroft.
Following up his gritty unbeaten first innings 76, Bancroft made a more fluent 86, but Test hopeful Hilton Cartwright collected a pair and lasted just 11 balls across the two innings.
Josh Hazlewood claimed 3-49, while both Pat Cummins and spinner Nathan Lyon collected two wickets.
Earlier on the final day, Smith posted his 34th first-class century, striking 17 fours and a six to get 127 off 167 balls.
He put on 140 with Kurtis Patterson (66) and 85 with Moises Henriques (45) for the third and fourth wickets respectively.
The Blues added 134 in 95 minutes before Smith declared at 300-6.
Australia are 8/11 to win the first Test against England in Brisbane, with Starc 4/7 to be top bowler in the series, while James adnerson can be backed at 9/1.
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