18/19 Big Bash League Weekly Roundup - 1
The 18/19 Big Bash League is finally underway and we’ve already had 3 incredible contests to get us underway. Reigning champions Adelaide Strikers faced Brisbane Heat on the opening night, the Renegades made history against Perth Scorchers and two of England’s stars impressed as the Sydney Thunder played Melbourne Stars.
Adelaide Strikers bt Brisbane Heat by 5 Wickets
Last year’s champions got their season off to a winning start with a straightforward win over Brisbane Heat at the Gabba. Adelaide Strikers captain Colin Ingram won the first ever bat flip in the BBL, calling ‘roofs’. Ingram opted to bowl first, giving Brisbane Heat the chance to bat first and put the Strikers under some early pressure.
Brisbane’s batters got off to an awful start when veteran Brendon McCullum was bowled out after facing just 2 balls. McCullum’s skied shot combined with his lack of speed led to an easy wicket for Alex Carey. Chris Lynn came in for McCullum and formed a promising partnership with Max Bryant. The pair combined for 46 runs, before Lynn was caught by Michael Neser for 50-2. Heat managed 77-2 before 2 quick fire wickets left them at 83-4, after 10 overs. It got worse for the Heat, who made 100 in the 14th over, but only after sacrificing 7 wickets. The middle of the Heat’s batting lineup proving that they might struggle this season. Rashid Khan stepped up a gear to take 2 wickets in 2 balls, sending the Heat in at 101-9 after 15 overs. A final partnership of Jimmy Pierson and Mujeeb Ur Rahman combined for 45 before the Heat eventually bowed out for 146 all out.
Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald opened for the Strikers as they aimed for 147. Both openers impressed, but it was Alex Carey who would take the headlines after hitting a continuous stream of boundaries during his innings. A partnership of 56 was ended when Weatherald’s poor shot presented an easy catch for Joe Burns. Colin Ingram was brought to the crease but only faced 3 balls before being caught by Sam Heazlett in the mid wicket. Carey rounded off the first half century of the tournament in the 11th over, hitting 51 after just 35 balls. Carey outlasted another batting partner when Brendon McCullum caught Matt Short after 13 runs. Carey was eventually dismissed for 70 runs after Mitchell Swepson hit the off stump. The Strikers were on 108-4, with a partnership of Jonathan Wells and Jake Lehmann at the crease. As the Strikers continued their chase, Lehmann was dismissed just 5 runs short of the target. Heading into the last over, Adelaide needed 1 run, which came in the first ball of the over to give them a first win of the season.
Melbourne Renegades bt Perth Scorchers by 4 wickets
Melbourne Renegades beat Perth Scorchers for the first ever time in an impressive start to their Big Bash League campaign. The Renegades won the toss, opting to bowl first.
Sam Whiteman and Michael Klinger opened the batting for the Renegades, however it wouldn’t be long before Whiteman would be heading back into the changing rooms. After an unimpressive 1 run from the opening over, and only 14 wickets in the following 8 balls, Whiteman was bowled by Usman Khan in the 3rd over. Khan had limited the pairing to just 2 runs in 6 balls so far, and his statline looked even more impressive with a wicket to his name. David Willey replaced Whiteman at the crease and his partnership with Klinger was the Renegades’ most fruitful. At 43-1, Willey’s mistimed shot fell directly to Jack Wildermuth for a simple catch. After 10 overs, opening batsman Michael Klinger was eventually dismissed, but only hit 28 runs overall, after 32 balls. That left the Renegades on 57-4, and from there on out it never looked like Melbourne were in it. No batsmen hit more than 13 runs for the rest of the match and the Renegades were eventually dismissed for just 103.
With a simple target to aim for, Tim Ludeman and Jack Wildermuth opened the batting for the Perth Scorchers. After just 7 balls however, Scorchers were 7-2 and it looked like being a closer competition than first anticipated. It didn’t get better and after just 3.5 overs, Renegades found themselves staring into the abyss on 17/4. Mohammad Nabi replaced Tom Cooper, joining Sam Harper at the crease. The pair restored some hope for the Renegades and hit 68 runs together, before Nabi was caught out for 85-6. Scorchers needed 19 from 52 balls so wouldn’t have worried when longstanding Harper was dismissed after a mistaken run attempt. Daniel Christian eventually ended the contest with a hard hitting 6 just before the end of the 16th over.
Sydney Thunder bt Melbourne Stars by 15 runs
England stars Joe Root and Jos Buttler appeared for the first time this season in Sydney Thunder’s opener against Melbourne Stars. The Thunder would bat first as the Big Bash outsiders went for a first win of the season.
Jos Buttler and captain Shane Watson opened the batting for the Sydney Thunder at the Manuka Oval. After rain postponed the start of this match, both sides would have been grateful to at least get on the field. The pair looked like they could have lasted longer than the 4.3 overs that they did, with Buttler eventually being bowled out after 20 runs from 16 balls. Callum Ferguson replaced Buttler and picked up where he left off, and the Thunder looked in control. But in the 8th over, both Watson and Ferguson were caught and suddenly the Thunder were on the back foot at 59-3. Joe Root and Jason Sangha replaced the pair and their partnership got 40 runs for the Thunder. Root was caught for 99-4 and Daniel Sams came to the crease for an even more impressive performance. Sangha and Sams carried the Thunder to 176-4, including a half century for 19 year old Daniel Sangha. The Thunder completed the 20 overs on 181-5, by far the most impressive innings of the Bash so far.
Rain had started to fall during the closing overs of the Thunder’s innings and play was eventually postponed after just 3 balls of the Stars batting. When play was eventually resumed, the umpires decided that only 8 overs would be played, with a target of 90 for the Stars to aim for. Straight after the restart, it was clear that the Thunder had adjusted better during the break. Ben Dunk, Travis Dean and Glenn Maxwell were all dismissed before 3 overs were up, in a commanding Thunder bowling performance. Before the halfway mark, Marcus Stoinis was caught as well, leaving Melbourne on 26-4 with 4 overs to go. The wickets kept coming and heading into the final over, the Stars were 57-6, needing 33 runs from just 6 balls. Inevitably, they failed to reach their target and the Thunder got a first win of the season.
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