Starc claims hat-trick as Sixers shine in Sheffield Shield

Fast bowler Mitch Starc ensured NSW secured first-innings points with an incredible hat-trick against WA at Hurstville Oval. Starc claimed the last three wickets of the innings in as many balls, dismissing WA for 176 just before thunderstorms stopped play. The Australian quick finished with figures of 4-56 to go with the 43 runs (61 balls) he scored earlier in the match.

Josh Hazlewood picked up three wickets, claiming the scalps of key top-order batsmen for the Warriors including the Marsh brothers and Ashes hopeful Hilton Cartwright. Nathon Lyon finished with figures of 1-39 off his 13 overs.

Earlier, Starc smashed 7 fours and one six as he and Peter Nevill (32 runs) sustained at 59-run partnership for NSW to help the team get to a 270 total. Daniel Hughes added a solid contribution of 25 runs (51 balls) and smacked a handy five boundaries.

In a low-scoring affair in Hobart, Sixers batsman Jordan Silk notched 44 valuable runs in the second innings of Tasmania's clash with Queensland. Paceman Jackson Bird took three wickets in the first innings and is set for more to help his state hold off Queensland in their 155-run chase.

In Sydney Grade Cricket, Sixers fast bowler Ben Dwarshuis took two wickets in Sutherland’s win against Fairfield-Liverpool in the fourth round of the competition. 

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