KFC Big Bash League 2011: Sydney teams win, Melbourne clubs lose

by admin on December 19, 2011

A superb Dave Warner century, a 76 by Brad Haddin and a good, concerted bowling effort from the Hobart Hurricanes was the cornerstone of the first round of the Big Bash League T20 club cricket tournament.

Sydney Sixers kicked off the proceedings with a six-wicket win over the Brisbane Heat in the first game of the tournament. The Heat scored 139, batting first, but could never instil the necessary momentum into the innings.

Captain Haddin, under pressure at the Test match level for his poor performances, led the way with a 76 to his name. The Sixers won the game by seven wickets.

David Hussey led the Melbourne Stars to a decent score of 153/7 in the second Big Bash League club cricket tournament with a half-century. But that wasn’t enough to stop the Dave Warner-led Sydney Thunder from achieving the target in 19 overs.

Warner cracked his second century in as many games as the Thunder wasted no time in notching up the points.

The other Melbourne side, the Renegades, also met the same fate as they went down to the Adelaide Strikers. The Strikers were propped by a brilliant first-wicket stand of 86 in less than 10 overs and went on score 189 in their 20 overs.

Daniel Harris (49) and Michael Klinger (46) stood out for the Strikers,

In reply, the Renegades club capitulated to a woeful 122 all out, with only three scores in double-figures.

In the fourth game of the Big Bash League season, the Hobart Hurricanes scored only 140 in their 20 overs. Ricky Ponting opened the innings and struggled through to a 19-ball 17, while Travis Birt made a 30-ball 40.

In reply, the Perth Scorchers lost half their side for 44 and by the time they found some form of acceleration from Mitchell Marsh, the asking rate had risen to near-unmanageable proportions. His 35 wasn’t enough and the Scorchers were bowled out for 109.

English club Durham player Paul Collingwood had a poor debut for the Scorchers as he conceded 20 from his two overs and scored only four.

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