BBL 2016/17 24th Match: McDermott stars as Hurricanes pull off last ball heist to clinch record-breaking run chase

McDermott made the third-fastest hundred in BBL history

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Ben McDermott smashed a highly entertaining century and Stuart Broad stole the show in the final over and on the last ball of the match as the Hobart Hurricanes not only stunned the Melbourne Renegades by two wickets, but also chased down the highest score in Big Bash League (BBL) history.

Being put in to bat first, the Renegades got off to a solid start before opener Marcus Harris was dismissed by Daniel Christian for 25.

Captain Aaron Finch and Cameron White kept the scoreboard ticking with a 74-run partnership, during which Finch brought up his half-century, before White’s time at the crease came to an end after he made 34.

Finch went on to make 63 off 40 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of D’Arcy Short.

Finch scored a valiant 63

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Callum Ferguson fell shortly after, but Tom Cooper made an unbeaten 53, which came off 24 balls and included seven boundaries and two sixes, and Thisara Perera smashed a quickfire 28 as the Renegades finished on 222/4, the highest total in BBL history, off their 20 overs.

Cooper made a gutsy 53 not out

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Jake Reed was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Christian and Short chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing a record target of 223 to win, the Hurricanes were dealt two major blows early into their innings as captain Tim Paine and Short were both removed by Cooper for a golden duck and 18 respectively.

McDermott and George Bailey steadied the innings and even gave the Hurricanes an outside chance of victory with their 151-run partnership, the majority of which was dominated by McDermott, who raced past his fifty and subsequently went on to bring up his hundred.

McDermott, who made the first hundred of the ongoing BBL season, ended up making 114 off just 52 deliveries, which included eight boundaries and nine sixes, before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Sunil Narine.

Things went from bad to worse for the Hurricanes as Brad Hogg took out Christian and Jonathan Wells in successive deliveries.

Beau Webster failed to trouble the scorers, while Bailey went on to score 59 off 42 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was sent packing by Narine.

Bailey struck three boundaries and two sixes during his knock of 59

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Heading into the final over, the Hurricanes needed 16 runs to win, but after getting a single off the first ball, Narine ran out Cameron Boyce out for one run on the second ball.

Three wides followed before Broad became the hero as he made the 11 runs his side needed to win off the last four balls, which included the game-winning single off the final ball of the match.

Broad leaps in delight after hitting the winning runs

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Narine was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Cooper and Hogg  claimed two wickets each.

McDermott was named Man of the Match.

One thought on “BBL 2016/17 24th Match: McDermott stars as Hurricanes pull off last ball heist to clinch record-breaking run chase

  1. It was rather pot luck for McDermott against spin early on but he survived and those sixes he hit on the leg side didn’t just clear the rope they cleared them by some distance. He started to display his off-side game in the second part of his innings as well. We’ll see if he’s a flash in the pan or if he can go on. Silly overthrow from Nevill in the final over was possibly costly!

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