Somerset's Thomas reflects on four-in-four

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Somerset fast bowler Alfonso Thomas was the hero of the latest set of County Championship matches, taking four wickets in four balls against Sussex, and then four more later in the game, to see his side win by six wickets.

Somerset fast bowler Alfonso Thomas was the hero of the latest set of County Championship matches, taking four wickets in four balls against Sussex, and then four more later in the game, to see his side win by six wickets.

The South African bowler, who played one T20 for his national side, helped crush the Sussex top order on Tuesday, as they lost five wickets with the score on 33, four of those to Thomas.

The 37-year-old's first-ever hat-trick in one over consisted of James Anyon, Rory Hamilton-Brown and Ed Joyce, and then he came back and removed Matt Machan with the first ball of his next over.

He told the ECB website of his elation: "On the third wicket it sort of sunk in it was a hat-trick and then I was off like some nut-case really.

"And then I took the fourth one and then I wasn't quite sure what to celebrate, so it was more or less the same thing as the hat-trick ball I think."

He started with night watchman Anyon, bowling his middle stump out the ground, and he described it thus: "I won't quite say a working over.

"When I was bowling over the wicket he seemed to line it up quite nicely and I just tried to change the angle by coming round the wicket to him, which worked, and he almost looked as if he wasn't quite sure where his off stump was and it obviously paid off."

He then continued to describe the wickets: "We certainly wanted him (RHB) to play the first ball. I have to say it was a bit of a fluke. I didn't really mean to get it that full.

"And then the third one to Joycey, I sort of thought in the first innings towards the latter end of his hundred that I was causing him lots of problems coming round the wicket.

"Although Marcus wanted to me to stay over, I just went with my gut, to round the wicket, to more or less try to make him play every ball really, and he got a bottom edge and Craig (Kieswetter) took the catch."

Thomas added: "I've obviously had a lot of nerve-wracking moments with Somerset, having to bowl super overs, having to bowl bowl-outs and things like that, so it was nice to just take four wickets in four balls and I was very happy with that."

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