Hobart Hurricanes opener Ben McDermott has become the first player in BBL’s history to hit centuries as he fired his team to 5-206 against the Melbourne Renegades.
- Sean Abbott took a great catch to remove Chris Lynn for just 2 at SCG
- The Brisbane Heat were rejected for 105, their lowest score of the season
- At this point in the season, the Heat are second last in the Big Bash
The powerful right-handed player patted nine sixes and as many fours in a knock of 127 from 65 balls at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne.
It was the third-highest individual score in the history of the competition, behind Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis (147 not out) and Hurricanes teammate Matthew Wade (130 not out).
McDermott’s explosive display was described by former Australian limited overs star Andrew Symonds as “the best Big Bash innings ever played” during the Fox Sports broadcast.
It eventually came to an end when he was run out by Sam Harper on the final ball of the Hurricanes’ 20 overs.
Renegades were early on top when they won the bat-flip, chose to pose and Reece Topley made two early breakthroughs.
Then the English fast-forward top player Matthew Wade removed for a duck and D’Arcy Short for five, and it took until the 10th for a player other than McDermott to hit a boundary.
At halftime, the Hurricanes ticked slowly with 3-66, with McDermott undefeated on 39 of 31 balls.
But the 27-year-old exploded during the power rise as he and Peter Handscomb, 24 of 20, took 44 runs from the two overs.
Tim David came to the party late in the innings, with four big sixes, to be 30 not out in an eight-ball cameo.
Promoted to the top of the row on Christmas Eve, McDermott now has 304 runs in three innings as an opener, with a strike rate of 180.95.
He hit 67 of 43 balls against the Melbourne Stars and followed that up with an unbeaten 110 of 60 balls against the Adelaide Strikers on Monday.
In response, Renegade’s top spot faltered, with only opener Sam Harper, 57, showing any resistance.
Captain Aaron Finch was out for 1 of his second ball. Nic Maddinson managed just 3 of seven, while Mackenzie Harvey was rejected first ball.
Any faint hope from Melbourne had disappeared in the 12th over when Harper was run out by Nathan Ellis.
The Renegades tail folded quickly and the Hurricanes won a comfortable 85-run victory.
Sean Abbott takes brilliant diving catch to remove Chris Lynn while Sixers wins thriller
When a dough is out of shape, wild things have a way of conspiring to get them out, and that’s exactly what happened to Chris Lynn when Sean Abbott took one of the best catches you’ll likely see. to send him to pack in the Big Bash.
The Heat have only won two of their six matches this BBL season, with Lynn far from his destructive best: 57 in their last start, his only half-century so far.
A Lynn masterclass was probably Heats’ only hope of digging himself out of a hole against the Sydney Sixers at SCG on Wednesday, but the highest race scorer in the tournament’s history could only handle 2 races.
In the fourth over of the match, with the Heat reduced to 2-13, Lynn cracked a Ben Dwarshuis delivery far from the cover, but Abbott somehow got off the ground, dived, stuck a right hand out and hit a sensational catch to send the Heat -captain. packing.
“It’s the catch of the summer,” said Fox Cricket commentator and former Sixer Brett Lee.
Another challenger for that crown came earlier in the season from Melbourne Renegades’ Jake Fraser-McGurk, but experts in the comments section agreed that Abbott’s removal of the dangerous Lynn gave his catch the edge.
Heats innings continued on a downward trajectory after the dismissal, reduced to their lowest total of the season: all out for 105.
It was perhaps a little surprise, given the way the match started, with Jimmy Peirson caught in the first over before his team had even scored a run.
Tom Cooper hit an impressive six before being shot by Abbott, then came Lynn’s rejection and Sam Heazlett was gone in the sixth over for 4-21.
Jack Wildermuth scored top with 27, assisted by Moises Henriques, who dropped a sitter in the deep, while Ben Duckett and Max Bryant added 21 and 22, respectively.
The low score, however, looked sound as the Sixers collapsed to 8-47.
With the victory apparently thrown away, Abbott and Dwarshuis reunited to save the match for the Sixers.
Abbott was again the hero, scoring the winning runs on the final ball of the match.
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