Week One Review (KFC BBL)
Round one was a captivating week of cricket with the use of spinners the most fascinating part of the cricket being played. From a batting point of view there was a lot of big hitting, highlighted by an exceptional ninety-nine runs from Stoinis. From a bowling perspective, Sams, Laughlin and Tye took four wickets for their respective teams and Bravo took five wickets for the Renegades. There was a good contest between bat and bowl. All of the excitement you would expect from T20 cricket was there for the impartial.
Thunder v Sixers Review
Danger man Maddinson was in fine form and is definitely a prodigious talent in this form of the game. Ahmed bowled a fantastic first over with a wicket maiden, removing Maddinson. The Thunder spinners changed the game. With the bat, the Thunder profited from a crucial partnership between Watson and Patterson. Watson led from the front with a brilliant performance with the bat. Sams claimed four wickets including the dangerous Watson. The Thunder won a thriller off the last bowl! They won with five wickets in hand.
Heat v Stars Review
Ross and Burns batted well to get the score to two hundred and six runs. The Stars started their innings poorly with the score at four for fifty four from seven overs. The Stars fell just short of the Heat’s total as the Heat ran out victors by fifteen runs. Despite the result Stoinis stole the show with some brilliant big hitting.
Hurricanes v Renegades Review
The Hurricanes looked like they were going to post a big total when the score was two for one hundred and fourteen from thirteen point three overs. Unfortunately the Hurricanes suffered a devastating batting collapse. The sudden loss of wickets can be attributed to some fantastic bowling from Bravo who finished with a remarkable five wickets. When it was the Renegades turn to bat, White and Harris added one hundred and thirteen for the second wicket, which gave the Renegades the ascendancy and meant that they won with seven wickets in hand.
Strikers v Thunder Review
The Strikers managed eight fours in the first five overs, but the run rate was only eight point two runs per over. Carey and Head formed a formidable partnership; they combined for a seventy-nine run partnership. Nair took three crucial wickets to halt the progress of the Strikers, almost single handily bringing the Thunder back into the game. When it was the Thunder’s turn to bat Patterson changed the momentum of the game with a remarkable batting display until he was removed by Stanlake, while Laughlin cleaned up the tail. The Thunder won by fifty-three runs.
Sixers v Scorchers Review
The Scorchers went into the game without a few of their players due to injury and other reasons. Maybe those omissions galvanised the Scorchers. From the first bowl ball to the last, the Scorchers controlled the game. Tye was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while O’keefe and Abbott brought some respectability to the scoreboard for the Sixers. The Sixers fought hard taking four wickets when the Scorchers had scored sixty-six runs, with the run rate under six runs per over at that stage. From there on the Scorchers cruised to victory thanks to an unbeaten partnership from Voges and Turner for the fifth wicket.
Renegades v Heat Review
The Renegades started well taking three wickets for only twenty -eight runs. Despite only losing four wickets after fifteen overs, the run rate was only six runs per over. In the sixteenth over Cutting endeavoured to change the momentum of the game with two sixes only to be dismissed not long after by Hogg. Khan took two Renegades wickets early in their innings, giving the Heat some hope of victory. What followed was a eighty nine run partnership between White and Cooper. The Renegades won their second game in a row, running out victors with seven wickets in hand.
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