Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer has donated his Vitality Blast shirt to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Museum, after his stunning hat-trick in the Sharks’ victory over Middlesex at Lord’s recently.
Archer, who was making only his third appearance at the Home of Cricket, took the first ever hat-trick in the English domestic T20 competition at Lord’s as Sussex defeated Middlesex by 12 runs in a thrilling finish.
He accounted for England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan, who made 90, John Simpson and James Fuller to finish with figures of 3 for 25 in the South Group victory.
The Barbadian-born seamer has starred across all three formats for Sussex since bursting on to the scene in 2016 and has become a sought-after asset for many of the global T20 leagues, following spells in Australia’s Big Bash and the Indian Premier League earlier this year.
Archer said: “I feel really honoured that MCC have asked to donate my shirt to their Museum, especially with it being a domestic T20 and not an international game.
“It only clicked after the third wicket that it might be three in a row! I was more focused on trying to close the game out than the hat-trick.”
He isn’t the only Sussex player to claim a hat-trick in this season’s Vitality Blast, as Tymal Mills repeated the trick in the match against Glamorgan at Hove. The south coast club became only the second team to have two hat-trick heroes in an English domestic T20 season, following in the footsteps of Warwickshire’s Imran Tahir and Keith Barker in 2010.
In addition to famous features of the Museum such as the Ashes Urn and Prudential World Cup Trophy from India's victory in 1983, players regularly donate items of playing kit to MCC's collections.
Recent examples of such donations include Tammy Beaumont’s ICC Women’s World Cup winning shirt from England’s triumph at the Home of Cricket last year, and Rilee Rossouw’s shirt which he wore whilst making a century and helping Hampshire to win the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord’s earlier this summer.