Ben Cutting hits Morne Morkel: The all-rounder from Sydney Thunder top-scored for his team in a much-needed finishing act.
During the knockout match of the ongoing 10th season of the Big Bash League between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat in Canberra, Sydney Thunder all-rounder Ben Cutting played yet another finishing act to power his team to 158/8 in their allotted quota of 20 overs.
Cutting, who top-scored for his team with 34* (18) comprising of a four and four sixes, amazed one and all with a gargantuan six off veteran Brisbane Heat fast bowler Morne Morkel.
It was on the third delivery of the 18th over when Cutting thwacked Morkel over the mid-wicket region as the ball ended up landing on the roof of the Manuka Oval.
Had Cutting been more smart with his running between the wickets in the last two Power Surge overs, he would have had more balls to face as potentially the last-man standing. Apart from the 34-year old player, Thunder wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings also played well for his 34 (24) comprising of three fours and a six.
Morkel, who was included as an X-factor substitute for Xavier Bartlett, conceded 37 runs in his four overs dismissing Thunder captain Callum Ferguson (25) in the process. However, with bowling figures of 3-0-22-2, Mark Steketee was the pick of the bowlers for Heat.
Proving their captain Chris Lynn’s (10) decision of winning the toss and batting first as the right one, Heat batsman Sam Heazlett (74 not out) and wicket-keeper batsman Jimmy Peirson (43 not out) shared a match-winning 92-run partnership to seal the chase in the last over.
Ben Cutting hits Morne Morkel for 101-metre six
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 31, 2021
How Twitterati reacted:
That is OUTTTAAAAA HERE!!
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 31, 2021
Ben Cutting has given Thunder just enough score to hope with. Lynn early and we could have a good chase.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 31, 2021
Most sixes in @BBL history:
Chris Lynn 170
Glenn Maxwell 97
BEN CUTTING 88
Aaron Finch 86#BBL10
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) January 31, 2021
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