Sydney Thunder pacer Daniel Sams bowled a ball that was miles off target during the opening night of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019.
It was the last ball of the first over in the Brisbane Heat’s innings. Chasing a target of 172, T20 Blast’s young sensation Tom Banton came out to bat for the first time in the Big Bash League. Banton opened his account in the Australian league with two flamboyant sixes in the first over off Daniel Sams. Bowling the last ball, the ball slipped out of Sams’ hand. The ball went miles down the leg side, almost on the pitch beside.
The players had a smile about it as the umpire signalled dead ball and the game continued.
Here’s a video of the ball that came out on social media:
Although the first over wasn’t the greatest, Sydney Thunder recovered well and beat Brisbane Heat comprehensively. Brisbane could not stay for the full quota of overs as they were bowled out in the final over at a score of 143. Sydney bowlers shared the wickets with four of their bowlers getting two wickets each.
Earlier, Sydney Thunder had won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Callum Ferguson led the way with an unbeaten 73, as they scored 172 in their 20 overs. A delighted Ferguson was eventually adjudged the Man of the match for his performance.
“We are absolutely thrilled,” Ferguson said in the post game presentation. “Was pleased with the way batters stuck it out. It is pleasing to be there till the back end of the innings.”
The match marked the beginning of the tournament involving 61 T20s between eight teams played over a span of around two months.