BBL 2021: Ben McDermott Century, video, highlights

Hobart Hurricanes dynamo Ben McDermott produced a blow on Wednesday night that prompted Australian cricket big Andrew Symonds to describe it as “the best Big Bash innings ever played”.

Just two days after smashing an unbeaten 110 from 60 balls against the Adelaide Strikers, McDermott destroyed the Melbourne Renegades’ attack in an innings of 127 from 65, creating an 85-run victory at Docklands Stadium.

Queenslander is now the only player to have scored back-to-back BBL centuries and the only player with three tons to their name.

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McDermott’s 127 is the third highest score in BBL’s history, behind Marcus Stoinis ‘147 and Matthew Wades’ 130, both hitting over the summer of 2019-20.

And the 27-year-old’s 237 runs in two consecutive laps is a record that is not reasonably competitive, with Luke Pomersbach number two on the list with 194.

McDermott is the most productive dough in this summer’s tournament after averaging 353 runs at 88.25 from five innings.

He was run out on the last ball of the Hurricanes’ innings in his battle against the Renegades.

The former limited-overs national team player is preparing for a convincing case for inclusion in Australia’s 2022 T20 World Cup squad as voters look forward to a home tournament in October and November.

“It’s the best Big Bash innings ever played – I would go so far as to say that. It was an excellent game,” Symonds said on the Fox Cricket broadcast.

“The way he absorbed the pressure early on, there were wickets falling around him, the way he absorbed it, and now he’s been with (Peter) Handscomb and made a real touch of it. It’s been an excellent game. . Well played.

“It’s not an easy surface to hit and he’s had the worst. He had to take the new ball and he got through it. Wickets fell around him and he’s just been patient and he has controlled his laps.

“The control of his cricket bat tonight has been something else.

“He showed power, touch and showed his cricket-smart. And he has made himself a good world with the World Cup not so far away.

“It’s the best BBL innings I’ve seen. Benny McDermott has played the innings of his life.”

McDermott was not a member of the Australian squad that won the 2021 T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

He has played 17 T20 internationals and two ODIs.

He made his first BBL ton in the summer of 2016-17, hitting 114 from 52 against Renegades.

Right-arm Renegade fast Kane Richardson was the most expensive bowler as McDermott drove his Hurricanes to 5-206 from their 20 overs Wednesday night.

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