INGTON (Agencies) - Otago fast bowler Neil Wagner became only the fifth bowler in first-class cricket to take five wickets in an over when he equalled the world record against Wellington on Wednesday.
The South African-born left-armer reduced Wellington from 136 for four to 136 for nine in the final over before lunch. Wagner joins a select list which includes Bill Copson (Derbyshire vs Warwickshire, 1937), William Henderson (Northern Transvaal vs Orange Free State 1938), Pat Pocock (Surrey vs Sussex, 1972) and Yasir Arafat (Rawalpindi vs Faisalabad 2004).
"It was freakish stuff, everything I bowled just came out right," a delighted Wagner said. "Once I got first wicket I could see the ball was swinging so I tried to bowl full and straight. The yorkers came out perfectly."
Opening batsman Stewart Rhodes was Wagner's first victim, caught by Neil Broom in the gully for 77. Austin-Smellie and Jeetan Patel were then bowled to complete the hat-trick and Tugaga followed to make it four wickets in four balls. Gillespie successfully defended his first ball but was bowled by the final ball of the over. Wagner finished with career-best figures of six for 36 as Wellington were all out for 148.
Wellington were dismissed for 155 following in their second innings, with Wagner taking three more wickets, to give Otago win by an innings and 138 runs.