The Adelaide Strikers thrashed the Sydney Thunder at the Sydney Showground on Friday night, winning 15 runs over the hosts.
Yes, you read it right. Thunder put everything on 15. It was U/10s stuff. That was incredible.
“Crazy night. Still can’t believe it,” West Indies great Ian Bishop tweeted. “What a bowling alley.”
Consider the numbers.
Henry Thornton took 5/3 out of 17 goals. Wes Agar took 4/2 off 12 balls. Matthew Short got 1/5 and the summer catch.
The entire supply of the Thunder lasted 35 balls.
Rashid Khan didn’t bowl. Peter Siddle didn’t bowl.
There were five ducks. Wicket-keeper Henry Nielsen made five catches.
“Honestly, I don’t have much to say about this,” said Thunder captain Jasan Sangha. “It’s not like we’re crazy. Nine out of 11 batsmen stuck behind… we stole too many times.
“I don’t want to get into it. But at the end of the day, a pro team just isn’t good enough to be eliminated with so many runs.
“I don’t know. It didn’t look like the guys were trying to throw their wicket away.”
They didn’t have to – Thornton and company were bowling with hand grenades.
“We’re just a bunch of good guys doing their best,” Thornton said. “It was a bit surreal in the crowd. Nobody could believe this was happening.”
Halfway through, it looked good for the home team after the Strikers, faced with a great bowling performance from the Sydney Thunder, scored 9/139.
And then the carnage began. Matthew Gilks fixed his second duck in two games when he broke off abruptly to point out where Alex Hawes caught a great diving catch.
Jason Sangha entered and Thornton had two draws as the captain passed Nielsen. Forward captain Peter Siddle had two penalties.
Short landed a one-handed blind on the first miss to dismiss Riley Russow.
Danger man Alex Hales soon left ahead of Wes Agar. It was so that Daniel Sams’ single was in the Bronx, which was cheered by the small home crowd.
When Agar bowled out Sams and Thornton made Ross Thunder lose five wickets in nine runs in the first 17 balls.
“Here at Showground, there is an absolute mess,” said Brett Lee in a comment. He didn’t even know the half.
Thornton caught Hales behind the Thunder, 6/9 of 19 balls.
Chris Green defended Thornton’s next ball and the fans roared their approval. Then they did it again. And again.
The lowest BBL score was the Melbourne Renegades 57 in 2015.
When Ollie Davis shoved the single across the ravine, the crowd roared as if he had hit a six.
Green then walked away from Agar, taken by surprise.
It was 7 by 10. Then 8 by 10!
When Thornton got rid of Ollie Davis, the Thunder were 9/14.
Fazalhak Farooqi is out. And he went back. His team is all for 15.
All this after the Thunder came to change innings with the top.
On a chilly evening at the Sydney Fairgrounds, in front of a crowd of hundreds, 38-year-old Peter Siddle, apparently an ageless vegan, won the flip and was elected to bat.
After a 10-minute delay caused by the late completion of the Stars-Hurricanes game at the MCG, impressive Afghan sailor Fazalhak Farooqi opened the bowling alley and caught the Thunder’s first wicket when Matthew Short misjudged his throw and the ball flew up to cover where Ollie Davis had taken the catch .
Jake Weatherald, out of shape, made a mistake during the throw and gave the spoonful of the catch to the Sangha. And both rookie Strikers lost 27 in the first four-over powerplay.
After six overs, Adelaide was down by less than one ball and lost three wickets.
The celebrity man Chris Lynn walked in and immediately caused a monstrous outcry to the LBW, which the Sangha chose not to consider. Lynn, limping to six of 13 balls, was barely out of first gear in the first half of Adelaide’s innings. Then Brendan Doggett came out and Lynn decided it was time. Over 13 balls, he broke 30 runs.
On the other hand, “black baseball cap” all-rounder Colin de Grande followed suit, breaking Chris Green in the middle of the wicket, hitting six and then two balls, and then repeating the dose in the middle – both notebook cricket throws.
However, just as the Thunder’s trundlers seemed to be under pump, Matthew Gilks caught Lynn from the top end, who came down with ice, while de Grandhomme was caught very sharply by Davies in the middle of the wicket.
After all, that was more than enough.
Originally published as Cricket stunned by ‘crazy night’ as Adelaide Strikers set world record