Sydney Thunder kept their hopes of making it to the playoffs alive by winning their last match of the league phase against the Perth Scorchers in Sydney. The Scorchers could only make 99/4 in the restricted 15 overs with only Cameron Bancroft (35* off 25) scoring more than 20 overs. The Thunder got a revised target of 96 from 12 overs. Alex Hales began with a 27-ball 47 as the Thunder was cruising at 66 in the 8th over. Three wickets in no real-time pegged back the Thunder before they eventually completed the chase in the final over.
All the statistical highlights from a rain-affected match between Thunder and Scorchers:
A hat-trick for Thunder at home against Scorchers:
3 – Sydney Thunder has won all the three BBL matches they played in Sydney against the Perth Scorchers since the start of 2018. In this period, the Thunder won four out of five matches in the BBL against Scorchers. Scorchers lead the overall head to head record by 6-5 margins. However, the game on Sunday saw Scorchers winning the bat flip/toss in a BBL match against Thunder for the first time in 11 meetings.
A BBL record for Daniel Sams:
25 – The wicket of Ashton Turner in this match was his 25th wicket in the 2019-20 Big Bash League. These are the most number of wickets for any player in a BBL season surpassing Kane Richardson’s 24 scalps during the last edition.
Overall, Sams now has claimed 40 wickets in the BBL for the Sydney Thunder. Gurinder Sandhu (41) and Fawad Ahmed (40) are the other players to claim as many BBL wickets as Sams for the Thunder.
Hales goes past Ferguson:
449 – The 449 runs by Alex Hales in this tournament thus far are the most by a player for the Sydney Thunder in a BBL edition. Hales thus went past Callum Ferguson’s 442 runs scored during the 2018-19 season. No player barring there two have amassed 350+ BBL runs in a season for the Thunder.
Livingstone finishes ahead of Marsh:
425 – Liam Livingstone finished the 2019-20 Big Bash League with 425 runs across 14 matches. These are the most number of runs aggregated in a BBL edition for the Perth Scorchers. In this process, Livingstone went past Shaun Marsh’s 412 runs across nine matches in 2012-13 season. Josh Inglis’ 405 runs in this season find 3rd spot in this list while Mitchell Marsh’s 382 runs are the 4th most for the Scorchers in a BBL edition.
Marsh’s poor captaincy record:
6-14 – Mitchell Marsh now has led the Perth Scorchers in 20 matches losing in 14 of them and winning only six. As many as 14 players captained for 20+ matches in the Big Bash League but Marsh’s win percentage of 30 is the lowest among all.
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