Hobart Hurricanes' Ben McDermott becomes first to hit consecutive centuries

Published:3 January 2022

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Ben McDermott of the Hobart Hurricanes became the first player in BBL history to strike a consecutive century as he led his team to a 5-206 victory over the Melbourne Renegades.

At Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, the strong right-hander smashed nine sixes and as many fours in a 127-run innings off 65 balls.

Behind Melbourne Stars' Marcus Stoinis (147 not out) and Hurricanes colleague Matthew Wade, it was the third-highest individual score in the competition's history (130 not out).

During the Fox Sports broadcast, former Australian limited overs player Andrew Symonds called McDermott's performance "the best Big Bash innings ever played."

At last, it came to an end. The 27-year-old batter was run out on the penultimate ball of the Hurricanes' 20 overs by Sam Harper.

Early on, the Renegades had the upper hand after winning the bat flip and electing to field, with Reece Topley making two early forays.

The English quickly dismissed top-order batsmen Matthew Wade for a duck and D'Arcy Short for five. Meanwhile, no one other than McDermott hit a boundary until the 10th over.

The Hurricanes were 3-66 at the midway stage, with McDermott undefeated on 39 off 31 balls.

During the power surge, though, the 27-year-old burst, scoring 44 runs off two overs with Peter Handscomb (24 off 20).

Tim David arrived late in the game, smashing four big sixes on his way to 30 not out in an eight-ball cameo.

McDermott has 304 runs in three innings as an opener, with a strike rate of 180.95. He was promoted to the top of the order on Christmas Eve.

Last Saturday, he hit 67 off 43 balls against the Melbourne Stars. Then just few days ago, on Monday, he hit an undefeated 110 from 60 balls against the Adelaide Strikers.

The Renegades' top order crumbled in response, with only opener Sam Harper, 57, putting up any resistance.

Off his second ball, Captain Aaron Finch was out for one. Nic Maddinson only got three out of seven, and Mackenzie Harvey was out on the first ball.

When Harper was run out by Nathan Ellis in the 12th over, any glimmer of hope for the Melbourne side evaporated.

The Renegades' tail immediately fell off, and the Hurricanes cruised to an 85-run victory.