Marchant de Lange: The South African fast bowler bowled exceptionally well on his The Hundred debut at the Trent Bridge.
Trent Rockets fast bowler Marchant de Lange has registered his name in the record books by becoming the first-ever bowler to pick a five-wicket haul in The Hundred.
Included as a replacement for Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz, de Lange didn’t take much time before creating an impact for his team in the third match of the inaugural season of The Hundred against Southern Brave at the Trent Bridge.
Having picked bowling figures of 20-10-20-5, de Lange’s spell played a gargantuan role in restricting the visitors to 126/8 in 100 balls. In addition to picking five wickets, de Lange gave away runs at just a run per ball to put on display an exceptional spell of fast bowling.
Marchant de Lange picks first-ever five-wicket haul in The Hundred
Introduced into the attack on the 36th delivery, de Lange’s first ball in the competition saw him dismissing Delray Rawlins (7) as the southpaw hit a full delivery straight to Rockets captain Lewis Gregory at cover.
On his fifth ball, de Lange sent back Brave all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme (4) who paid the price of being too innovative against an express pacer. It was on the 53rd delivery that Devon Conway (18) edged a de Lange delivery to Trent Rockets wicket-keeper Tom Moores.
Bowling the last five-ball block of the innings, the 30-year old player dismissed Chris Jordan (16) and George Garton (0) on the first and third ball respectively to not let Brave’s lower-order batsmen score boundaries towards the end.
Twitter reactions on Marchant de Lange:
Just listen to that roar! 🦁
— The Hundred (@thehundred) July 24, 2021
De Lange! 🔥
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) July 24, 2021
Love watching Marchant De Lange… plays any game of cricket with a great big smile on his face. (And he’s a top bowler)
— Charles Dagnall (@CharlesDagnall) July 24, 2021
5 for de Lange! What a spell.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) July 24, 2021
Before joining Trent Rockets for this trailblazing tournament, de Lange had represented Somerset for the first time in T20 Blast. In 11 T20s this season, de Lange’s 14 wickets had come at an average of 21.64, an economy rate of 7.97 and a strike rate of 16.2.