Just a day after Scott Boland made history at MCG, his Hobart Hurricanes teammate Ben McDermott became the first man to strike back in centuries and score three centuries in the Big Bash League.
McDermott scored 127 runs from 65 balls with nine fours and nine sixes as his Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday night beat the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium by 85 runs.
Wednesday night’s century followed his 110 of 60 balls against the Adelaide Strikers in Hobart on Monday night.
The 27-year-old Queensland native finished with the third highest score in the competition’s 11 seasons after Hurricanes’ Matthew Wades 130 not out and Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis’ 147 not out.
McDermott joins Indian star Shikhar Darwan in making back-to-back 20 centuries after Darwan achieved the mark in the Indian Premier League in 2020.
“It’s a bit surreal. I’m over the moon, I can not wait to sit back and enjoy [watching] that, ”McDermott told Fox Sports.
“It’s coming out of the screws at the moment, but I know how fast it can change, so I will continue to ride the wave while I can.”
McDermott’s nine sixes were two below the record of 11 in an innings, and his century was his second at Marvel Stadium after scoring his first BBL century on earth in the 2016-2017 season.
McDermott and the Hurricanes looked on loan in the first four overs as towering English sailor Reece Topley dismissed Matthew Wade for a duck and D’Arcy Short was caught behind and left the side at 2-19 after four overs.