Natalie Sciver credited with inventing 'Natmeg' shot against Yorker
Poriborton Desk 1:58 pm, July 14, 2017
Not only did Natalie Sciver lay waste to the White Ferns' bowling attack, it seems she may have invented a new cricket shot along the way. The England allrounder smashed 129 off 111 balls in her side's 75-run win over New Zealand on Thursday (NZ time), but it was two of her more deft shots which caught the eye of many.
Twice she appeared to intentionally guide yorkers from Kiwi quick Holly Huddleston between her legs for twos, sending social media into a flutter.
The shot was quickly termed the "Natmeg", a play on Sciver's first name and the football term nutmeg, which describes kicking the ball between an opponent's legs.
While Sciver said she had played the shot before, she played down her skill.
"Basically, because my stance is quite wide, I kind of get into a position where I can't move my front foot again. If the ball is really full, all I can do is hit through my legs, and luckily I hit it," Sciver said.
"It's purely by chance. There's no more exciting story than that. It's something that I've done before. Usually the bowlers say, 'I was so close to getting you out', and I just go, 'hee, hee'."
England Men's captain paid tribute to Sciver's ingenuity, saying: "I'm not sure I've quite got that in the locker - it's a great bit of skill, to be able to play that.
"I think Jonny Bairstow has played it a few times but not quite as well as that. It's good to see something different in the game and it's nice to see it come off in such a high-stakes game."
Source: Stuff, Sky Sports
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