Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Shane Watson, you are kidding,

Big Bash League scorecard: Sydney Thunder beat Perth Scorchers by 1 run

Shane Watson, you are kidding,


Big Bash League highlights: Follow all the highlights of the Big Bash League game between Sydney Thunders and Perth Scorchers

A low and slow pitch has turned in one of the matches of the 2018/19 Big Bash season with the Sydney Thunder winning by one run over the Perth Scorchers.

The Thunder battled hard with Jos Buttler and Callum Ferguson combining for an 82-run partnership in Sydney’s 6/142.

The Thunder seemed well in control but a lone hand from Ashton Turner, who thumped a 36-ball 60 not out, got the Scorchers close but ultimately fell short by one run.

Buttler’s 55 off 54 balls and Ferguson’s 42 off 30 were crucial to build the score.
The Scorchers struggled throughout with an early wicket before an explosion of exceptional fielding in the middle overs seemed to put the Thunder in the box seat.

Sydney took 4/4 in 14 balls to leave Perth 5/54 at over 11.1.
Shane Watson caught the dangerous Ashton Agar with a reflex catch at first slip.
“Shane Watson, you are kidding,” Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard said. “Absolutely unbelievable from the skipper.”

“Turned back time,” added Brett Lee.
“I think he thought it was his seniors card,” Kerry O’Keeffe added.

Jos Buttler jumped out of the way as the 36-year-old nailed the throw.
“We’ve found the fountain of youth haven’t we,” Ferguson said.
Fawad Ahmed spoke to Fox Cricket after the game about the run out.

“I think there was plenty of luck in my shoulders,” he said. “The shoulder’s been really good. It was good from me and Shane Watson as well, two old guys doing really well, good reflexes.”

Ahmed also too 2/22 off his four overs, while Jono Cook grabbed 1/13 off his four.
But another twist came as skipper Ashton Turner smashed 60 not out off 36 balls, while William Bosisto supported with 23 from 21.

It got the Scorchers within 19 for the final over.
Two early fours and two wides made it a nervy finish but Thunder bowler Daniel Sams held his nerve.
“It got a little bit tighter than we were hoping, just happy we got the W,” he said.

“My performance in Hobart, I had some thoughts of that, but in the end, spoke to Watto and tried to execute the ball we had in mind.”

As it happened: Perth Scorchers fell short of the 143-run target set by Sydney Thunders . For his 30-ball 42, Thunders’ Callum Ferguson took home the Player of the Match honours


Sydney Thunder: 

J Buttler (wk), Shane Watson (capt.), C Ferguson, J Root, J Sangha, D Sams, C Green, S Rainbird, J Cook, F Ahmed, G Sandhu


Perth Scorchers: 

M Klinger, D Willey, C Bancroft (wk), A Turner (capt.), H Cartwright, W Bosisto, A Agar, N Coulter-Nile, A Tye, J Richardson, J Behrendorff



  1. WHAT A WIN! We’ve snuck home by one run in a thriller at Spotless Stadium 🙌 Big congrats to player-of-the-match Callum Ferguson, his quick fire 42 helped set the game up early! Brought to you by

  2. And we're home by 1-run. The Scorchers definitely made us work for it in the end
  3. Daniel Sams will bowl the final over. 20 runs required for the Scorchers
  4. Some big shots from Ashton Turner has closed the gap slightly for the Scorchers. 28 needed off 12
  5. 42 runs needed from 17 deliveries and it's crowd favourite Chris Green with the ball
  6. Thank you to all 17,882 of our who came out to Spotless Stadium today 💚
  7. 61 required off the final 30 balls. Sams comes back on from the 'Martin and Angus Stand' end
  8. 75 runs off 42 balls the equation for the Scorchers. Our bowlers are putting on a show
  9. Unbelievable direct hit by Fuzz 🙌

  10. The crowd is up and about at Spotless Stadium. Cartwright is run out by Ahmed and Scorchers lose their fifth wicket
  11. Certainly does! What a catch by our skipper 🤩

  12. Captain Watto takes a ripper one-handed catch at first slip to dismiss Agar. Scorchers 4/52 (10.3)
  13. Jono Cook strikes! Bancroft is trapped LBW and he goes for 19. Ashton Turner the new batter. Scorchers 3/51
  14. The umpire signals 👆and Ahmed celebrates the wicket of Klinger. Agar joins Bancroft. Scorchers 2/50 (9.0)
  15. At the end of the power play the Scorchers are 1/31 at a run-rate of 5.3. Fawad Ahmed has the ball
  16. Greeny does it! He gets the breakthrough. Willey is caught by Jono Cook. Bancroft comes in. Scorchers 1/18 (3.4)
  17. Just the 15-runs from the opening three overs. Tidy bowling from the Thunder. Chris Green comes into the attack
  18. Sam Rainbird is opening the attack for the Thunder. Willey and Klinger in the middle for the Scorchers
  19. Here we go!
  20. Great effort with the bat 🏏 Now time to defend! Scorecard brought to you by
  21. Scorchers require 143 to win after a handy cameo from Green 18 and Sandhu 6 in the final overs
  22. Sangha is caught by Cartwright and Thunder are six wickets down for 121 with 9 balls remaining in the innings. Green and Sandhu in the middle
  23. Sangha has been given the all clear and play resumes at Spotless. Coulter-Nile to bowl the penultimate over for the Scorchers. Thunder 5/121
  24. Sangha has been hit in the helmet by a short ball from Richardson and is being checked over by the doctors. A short delay to play
  25. Buttler plays the reverse sweep but his bat hits the wicket to bring an end to his 55-run knock. His third half century this Thunder 5/116 (17.3)
  26. Buttler plays an inventive shot over the keepers head and that's got the crowd going as he bring up his 50. Thunder 4/112
  27. Another wicket falls for the Thunder with Sams caught on the boundary by Andrew Tye. Jason Sangha the next batter in. Thunder 4/106 (15.5)
  28. Root plays the sweeping shot and he's bowled. Agar gets his second. Daniel Sams comes in to join Buttler 45*. Thunder 3/101
  29. A blistering SIX from Ferguson 41 but the next ball he is clean bowled by Agar. Joe Root joins his English teammate Buttler 43*. Thunder 2/92 (12.5)
  30. Buttler and Ferguson bring up their 50-run partnership from 42 deliveries. Keep it up gents. Thunder 1/65
  31. That's the 50 for the Thunder with Buttler 21* and Ferguson 24* hitting well. 7 overs gone