BBL fans left in awe with the recent two dramatic wins

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BBL fans left in awe with the recent two dramatic wins

BBL fans left in awe with the recent two dramatic wins

December 29, 2021

Author 77baji

The Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars won successive high-scoring thrillers in the BBL on Monday night, giving Australian cricket fans a batting masterpiece.

Ben McDermott was the key player for the Hurricanes’ win. He achieved his second BBL century to lead his team to a seven-wicket victory over the Adelaide Strikers. This is also the fifth by a Hurricanes player.

McDermott, who was promoted to partner captain Matthew Wade at the top of the order last week, delivered a second consecutive match-winning innings at Blundstone Arena with an unbeaten 110 off just 60 balls.

McDermott's brilliant innings included five sixes and a dozen fours as he guided the Hurricanes past their victory total of 176 with nine balls to spare.

The 27-year-old right-hander followed up his 67 off 43 balls in a win over Melbourne Stars on Christmas Eve with a blazing performance.

After smashing a career-best 133 for Tasmania in their most recent one-dayer against Western Australia last month, he is now averaging 75.33 from four BBL games this season.

McDermott said to the media, that it was really special for him and that is as good as it gets for him, closing innings for the squad and winning matches. He said that he had a little luck on his side, he came close to being run out twice but it's just one of those nights, and he will take what he can get.

As they took on a Strikers bowling line-up that had been damaged in the field, McDermott and D'Arcy Short both hammered sixes out of the park.

The Melbourne Stars then set new records before seeing off a Chris Lynn resurgence to defeat the Brisbane Heat by 20 runs at the Gabba on Monday night's late match.

The Heat were in the chase for a 208-point victory, with Lynn (57 off 34) and Ben Duckett (54 off 35) warming up to the challenge.

They were only two overs apart, with Lynn's drilled off-drive scooping out Andre Russell on the boundary and quickly snuffing out the wind in the hosts' sails.

A record Joe Clarke and Hilton Cartwright combo had earlier driven the Stars' valiant comeback, earning Liam Guthrie an unwelcome Big Bash honour.

Guthrie's night began with the dismissal of former Brisbane batsman Joe Burns, with the Stars falling to 3-16 after also losing Marcus Stoinis (0) and Glenn Maxwell (2).

Clarke (85 off 44 balls) remained unconcerned, and he found a willing companion in Cartwright (79 off 44 balls), the two combining for a fourth-wicket BBL record partnership of 151.

Cartwright was at his brutal best, hitting a straight drive for 50 off 31 balls, with eight maximums and only one four in his highest BBL numbers.

Guthrie came back to bowl his last over and was taken for 23 runs, delivering four wides and removing Cartwright with his final ball due to a lack of a sixth bowling option.

His 2-70 was still the most damaging stretch in BBL history, significantly surpassing Ben Dwarshuis' 0-61 against the Stars two years ago.