“Not a six, it’s a stunning catch”: Jake Fraser-McGurk grabs outstanding boundary catch to dismiss Shadab Khan in BBL 12

Dixit Bhargav
|Published December 24, 2022

During the 14th match of the ongoing 12th season of the Big Bash League between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades in Hobart, Hobart Hurricanes have put forward a golden opportunity for Melbourne Renegades to win their fourth consecutive match and jump at the top of the points table.

Assuming that happens, Renegades will become the first team to register four BBL 12 wins. All Melbourne have to do to achieve the same is chase down a 123-run target at the Bellerive Oval.

Stand-in Hurricanes captain Nathan Ellis winning the toss and opting to bat first in the absence of Matthew Wade and Ben McDermott called for a quintessential batting collapse resulting in the hosts getting bundled out for 122 in 18 overs.

All-rounder James Neesham (28) getting promoted as an opening batter only for the sixth time in his career saw him hitting a couple of fours and sixes each at a strike rate of 147.36 but no other batter generating any sort of impact didn’t work in HH’s favour.

Jake Fraser-McGurk grabs outstanding boundary catch to dismiss Shadab Khan in BBL 12

The highlight of the first innings was the dismissal of all-rounder Shadab Khan (14). Having hit a fours and a six, Khan was eyeing another six off MR pacer David Moody when Jake Fraser-McGurk did his thing on the field yet again.

In spite of the batter getting his timing right, an agile Fraser-McGurk ran towards his right from deep mid-wicket before jumping in the air to throw the ball aerially into the playing area.

Having effortlessly regained his balance, Fraser-McGurk returned to the ground to complete the catch. The fact that all the commentators had declared the shot as a six after taking into consideration Khan’s timing further speaks highly of Fraser-McGurk’s acrobatic fielding effort. For the unversed, Fraser-McGurk had allured limelight after grabbing a mind-blowing stunner to dismiss Brisbane Heat’s Jake Weatherald last year.

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Pick of the bowlers for his team, Moody picked bowling figures of 4-0-16-3 this afternoon. In addition to the right-arm bowler, all-rounder Akeal Hosein also continued with his impressive form to pick three wickets.


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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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