Before the 10th. Season of the KFC BBL we continue our countdown to the most memorable moments in tournament history
Big sixes, great catches and exciting results – the first nine seasons of the KFC Big Bash League had all that and more.
On the occasion of the 10. Season of Competition this summer we’re counting down 20 of the greatest moments in competition history, whether good, bad or just plain bizarre.
Today we’re going with No.. 3 on the countdown and will experience some more classic moments again in the next two days.
Even if you couldn’t see the stadium scoreboard, the reactions of veteran duo Daniel Christian and Cameron White told you all you needed to know.
On a warm Sunday afternoon in February, when the Docklands roof was open to the KFC BBL’s first Derby decider, Peter Handscomb hit one in the air to give Christian an easy catch and watch the stars for her lose second wicket to pursue a humble 146.
Yet the fact that White, who was closest to Christian after grabbing the easy chance, barely looked his longtime teammate in the eye as he offered his hand for a high five token, suggested that the result was inevitable.
Between them, White and Christian had played over 500 T20 games. Your ‘celebration’ said it all; This was just a consolation and the stars would soon be lifting the trophy.
As a former star captain, White knew his former team’s propensity to botch knockout games. But not even they could stuff it.
« If your opponent has nine wickets and needs around 50 wickets in a T20 game, your chances of winning are not great, » White told Cricket. com. ouch.
The Renegades have always been the cousin of the two Melbourne teams. At the start of the competition, the stars had pinched the lion’s share of local Victorian talent (even Glenn Maxwell, initially a Renegade, had crossed after a season), introduced Victorian kings at Shane Warne, and colonized the MCG.
The Renegades, on the other hand, settled for international players who were originally unknown to local fans, opted for Muttiah Muralidaran and played home games in a place that, at least in the early years, was not conducive to attractive cricket.
Neither team had won the title in seven complete seasons. Given the supremacy of the stars at this time, which only failed to reach the final once, it seemed appropriate that they would be the Melbourne team to win the boastful rights.
But the beauty of T20 cricket is how quickly things can diverge from a seemingly foregone conclusion.
When Christian made another catch on the border in front of Ben Dunk shortly after leaving Handscomb, the expression on his face as he ran back to his teammates reflected a simmering hope that had only been there a few moments ago.
What followed was puzzling as the stars suffered a mind-boggling 7-19 breakdown in just 30 balls. The last six wickets were all missteps and somehow it was the Renegades, the BBL | 08 champions were.
How the Stars lost the game after first winning the Renegades 5-65 in Aug.. over the first innings of the game and then 0-93 on the 13th. had over the second innings remains the most enigmatic of their litany of final meltdowns.
« We have no more chance of winning or losing in a very short time, » said White.
While they only needed 53 balls out of 42 when they lost their first wicket and a medium-order star from Handscomb, Maxwell, Nic Maddinson and Dwayne Bravo followed, Marcus Stoinis and Dunk might have wished they had during theirs Match hit faster opening stand.
« You could feel that we had to end the game a little earlier at the limit . . . It was that kind of game, we probably had to get tougher. That’s all in hindsight, « Maxwell said later.
After hitting just two single half centuries in the entire season, their bowlers have been the most unconventional heroes.
There was a journeyman all-rounder Christian who was named player of the game for his previous bat rescue when he hit 38 balls out of 30 from No.. 7 as well as its two wickets and two catches.
Leg spinner Cameron Boyce, who came into season and was dropped by the Australian T20 team and then the state cricket system.
And English import Harry Gurney, referred to as « left arm Mr Bean » by commentator Mark Waugh, who also suggested the Paceman looked like he was having trouble getting a game for Bankstown’s Fourth XI (Gurney dismissed later indicating that he had actually played a season with Bankstown, Waugh’s junior clubs, in 2012-13 and wickets 27 at 14).
Less than an hour after exchanging those limp high five, Christian and White got back together. That hug was full of ecstasy after Christian threw the final ball and confirmed the Renegades’ impossible victory.
Photos from the brief moment in which only the two were in each other’s arms before the rest of their teammates bullied them captured the raw emotions of both players.
Return to cricket. com. Au tomorrow as we continue our countdown to the most memorable moments in BBL history
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