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ESPNcricinfo Awards 2022 Associate bowling nominees: Meiyappan’s hat-trick, and Watt’s big secret

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Mark Watt
3 for 12 vs West Indies
T20 World Cup, Hobart

One of the worst kept secrets on the Associate scene in 2022 was Scotland left-arm spinner Watt’s penchant for taking wickets with 24-yard deliveries darted in a second earlier than the batter expects. Given an opportunity on the World Cup stage, Watt decided to deploy his weapon against a Test nation. After keeping it up his sleeve in the first over of the chase, he unleashed it for the first time in the eighth over and bowled Brandon King with one that slid through to hit the top of off stump. He then got Alzarri Joseph to nick an edge to the keeper with a flatter delivery before making it three wickets with 24-yarders in the 17th over, against Odean Smith, whose timing was thrown off, resulting in a skier to long-on.

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