Another BBL season over and what a year it was! Blazing sixes, smashing wickets, remarkable fielding and some sensational catches plus stories, BBL 08 was right up there. It cured our winter blues and reignited our Australian spirit for cricket after a chaotic year of cricket. It was our filling between a Test match series in West Indies and Sri Lanka! As per each year, there were some stand out players and others that flopped in the hot Aussie conditions as Short Leg will inform you on all the interesting stats from the Big Bash!
Top Run Scorers
D’Arcy Short 637 (Hobart Hurricanes) Matthew Wade 592 (Hobart Hurricanes) Marcus Stoinis 533 (Melbourne Stars) Callum Ferguson 442 (Sydney Thunder) Daniel Hughes 399 (Sydney Sixers) Chris Lynn 385 (Brisbane Heat) Ashton Turner 378 (Perth Scorchers) Ben McDermott 376 (Hobart Hurricanes) George Bailey 363 (Hobart Hurricanes) Jono Wells 359 (Adelaide Strikers)
Top Wicket Takers
Kane Richardson 24 (Melbourne Renegades) Sean Abbott 22 (Sydney Sixers) Steve O’Keefe 21 (Sydney Sixers) Josh Lalor 20 (Brisbane Heat) Tom Curran 20 (Sydney Sixers) Rashid Khan 19 (Adelaide Strikers) Jofra Archer 18 (Hobart Hurricanes) James Faulkner 18 (Hobart Hurricanes) Andrew Tye 17 (Perth Scorchers) Riley Meredith 16 (Hobart Hurricanes)
Wicket Keeper Dismissals
Josh Philippe 12 (Sydney Sixers) Alex Carey 11 (Adelaide Strikers) Matthew Wade 10 (Hobart Hurricanes) Sam Harper 8 (Melbourne Renegades) Peter Handscomb 6 (Melbourne Stars) Jimmy Peirson 6 (Brisbane Heat) Seb Gotch 6 (Melbourne Stars) Cameron Bancroft 5 (Perth Scorchers) Jay Lenton 3 ( Sydney Thunder) Baxter Holt 3 (Sydney Thunder)
Catches win Matches
Melbourne Renegades = 69 ; 18 dropped Melbourne Stars = 65 ; 18 dropped Sydney Thunder = 60 ; 14 dropped Adelaide Strikers = 60 ; 15 dropped Brisbane Heat = 58 ; 17 dropped Perth Scorchers = 53 ; 17 dropped Sydney Sixers = 53 ; 14 dropped Hobart Hurricanes = 47 ; 12 dropped
Season in Numbers
2 Hundreds were scored in BBL 08 and both were from Sydney Thunder (Callum Ferguson 113 NO vs Perth Scorchers + Shane Watson 100 vs Brisbane Heat)
3 Melbourne Renegades players made a fifty in their season winning campaign.
6.04 was the best economy rate achieved this year by Brisbane Heat and Afghanistan mystery teen spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
11.17 was the worst economy rate achieved this year by Sydney Thunder bowler Nathan McAndrew, who only featured in 4 matches.
524 was the amount of sixes hit with top run scorer D’Arcy Short notching up 22 just ahead of Chris Lynn and Matthew Wade on 21.
1344 fours were scored with D’Arcy Short leading the way again with 65, 16 ahead of the second highest of Marcus Stoinis.
460 catches were taken throughout the competition however there was 125 catches dropped.
22 was the amount of players used by the victorious Melbourne Renegades
74 balls were faced by allrounder Simon Milenko (Hobart Hurricanes) who played in each game.
6 games the Hobart Hurricanes went unchanged before Jake Doran replaced Alex Doolan for their Melbourne Stars regular round robin match.
191 fours were hit by the Sydney Sixers whilst also taking third best 88 wickets.
166.07 was the highest Strike Rate scored by the flamboyant Adelaide Strikers leg spinner and power hitter Rashid Khan.
Finally, 120 was the top Highest Opening Partnership between D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade of the Hobart Hurricanes.
It was a ripper of a season down in Australia who now have the conclusion of the 4 day Sheffield Shield with 4 rounds left before the season closing Final. Following this BBL post, there will be a Team of the Season round up as well as Short Leg handing out a variety of awards including Fan Catch (or Attempt of the Year). Thanks for the continued support and I look forward to posting more cricket content soon…