London, June 11: South Africa fast bowler Alfonso Thomas took four wickets in four balls for Somerset against Sussex in a four-day County Championship match on Tuesday (June 10).
Thomas became the first bowler in 14 years to achieve this rare feat in County cricket. The last player to take four wickets in successive balls during a Championship match was Gary Butcher, for Surrey against Derbyshire and Thomas is only the 18th to do so, "BBC" reported.
The 37-year-old right-arm bowler, playing for Somerset, bowled James Anyon, had Rory Hamilton-Brown LBW and completed his hat-trick with the wicket of Ed Joyce (caught behind) on the third day of the match at Taunton.
In the next over, Thomas struck off his first ball, dismissing Matt Machan bowled. Thomas finished with figures of 5/40 in 20 overs in the second innings as Somerset defeated Sussex by six wickets.
Thomas played one Twenty20 International for South Africa, against Pakistan in 2007.