D’Arcy Short had his name go down in BBL history in today’s encounter between Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat, as he stepped out unto the pitch with a stubborn resilience that brought home an entertaining win for Hobart in the 24th Match.
Short Has Long-Lasting Luck
D’Arcy Short was a man that could not be stopped, as he seemed to daringly evade the attempts by the fielders of Brisbane Heat to bring his determined stint to a close. His fortune started to manifest with a dropped catch and misfield which went for four when Short had just made a humble early tally of 3 runs.
That spilled effort is likely to haunt Brisbane with questions of “what if?” for a long time to come, as Short proceeded to get comfortable as ever, making the most of singles, boundaries and sixers, with a steady composure that could not be broken.
He quickly reeled in his half century off of 29 balls before it was déjà vu for Brisbane in the 11th over, when he launched one off his top edge, nice and high, with anticipation mounting for the crucial catch; but the moment would prove too daunting for Joe Burns at midwicket, who languished with the pain of seeing the chance to dismiss Short literally fall through his hands.
Short Carried the Weight
Short also proved himself as an effective leader of momentum, as he spearheaded a 63-run stand with Matthew Wade, who stayed in step with Short up to his half century but then took his exit a ball later, as Ben Cutting bowled a ball that went way beyond Wade’s comfort zone, up to his chest, on the leg stump. Wade was cramped for space, and could only force a top-edged pull which sailed over to Mitchell Swepson at long-on, for the 2nd wicket.
Whereas his partners did not set themselves apart with their run-making, D’Arcy made up for any Short-fall by leading from the front, getting tough as the absence of adequate support surely made the going tougher.
23-year-old Ben McDermott contributed just 19 runs to the mix before Cutting clipped his hairs at the end of the 15th over, with a ball that squeezed a desperate stretch out of the batsman, who ended up giving it an uncertain slice that took it through the air to Alex Cross, with the score on 133/3.
As for Alex Doolan and George Bailey, neither batsman managed to progress beyond 10 runs respectively, with their lackluster performances serving as a fantastic foil for Short’s performance, which he would end unbeaten on 122—the highest any batsman has ever made within the Big Bash League.
Heazlett & McCullum Threaten to Overturn Hobart
During the powerplay, Sam Heazlett and Brendon McCullum got off to a frighteningly strong start, hunting down the 180-run target with a joint show of 64 runsw, which spread across the first 6 overs before Cameron Boyce threw in some offputting wristpin into the mix.
Boyce took off just enough length to hide it from McCullum, who only got his outside edge to it, sending a skier over to cover for a skilfully taken catch by George Bailey.
Heazlett would fall in the 11th over via lbw after he was hit plumb in front of middle and leg by the amazing allrounder, Short, claiming what was the 3rd wicket.
Archer’s Effortless Catch
Despite that the batsmen of Brisbane were able to rack up higher individual scores than their opponents, the work of drought-like restriction done by Boyce and Jofra Archer, kept the Heat dry and thirsty for some sustained momentum.
However, the pair would not let up, with Boyce snatching 2 wickets and Archer taking a magical 1, that will be replayed in the minds of all who witnessed it, for the sheer ease with which it was taken.
After firing a loaded 147 kph delivery at Ben Cutting, there was perhaps noone who would have predicted the next few moments. Cutting returned fire for fire, slamming it in the direction of Archer, who raised his right hand—as though merely taking a comfortable stretch—to have the ball suddenly resting in the palm of his hand, allowing for a smug stare-down by bowler.
In the end, it was a fierce battle, but a ruthless man on a mission could not be stopped, while his compatriots defended his honour with bowling that did just enough to take home the 3-run victory.