As terrible as I expected – stone motherless last without a win for the season. The Thunder have now lost 13 matches in a row and they’ve only played 15 matches as a franchise! Disgracefully inept in all departments and not helped by a revovling door selection policy . The coaching staff seemed unable to work out what there best line up was – I would have thought it would have been pretty simple given they only had about 4 ‘good’ players.
The sole shining light with the bat for the Thunder. Khawaja made 206 runs in only 6 inings at a helathy strike rate of 119. All this n a fomat of the game he is allegedly not suited to. Averaged 41 with the willow, no one else n the Thunder squad averaged over 20. As a team the Thuder scored 0 centuries and 3 fifties. Khawaja scored 2 of the fifties. Enough said.
Bowled economicaly (6.50 rpo) and took wickets (11 at an average of18.90). Will now look to move on to his 15th T20 franchise in the hope of winning a game – I definitely don’t expect to see him in Thunder gear next year.
Young leg spinner showed plenty of promise with 5 wickets at an average of 30. Also broke the record for most Gatorades consumed on the Perth-Sydney flight. Broke Brett Lee’s long standing record of 13 and that didn’t include a sneaky one ‘Zamps’ had in the Quantas lounge before take off. Mad!
One innings of note, 65 in the last game, which was nearly half his run tally for the tournament (137). Gayle didn’t bring the fireworks with the bat but was respectable with the ball. He bowled tidily (6.5 rpo) and took wickets (6 at an avergae of 17) Overall not a great return for the key payer of the Thunder line up. Should have been captain from the start too.
Didn’t quite work out for Rogers. 87 runs in 6 innings at an average of 14.5 and strike rate of 90.6 with a high score of 24. He skippered the side for the first 6 games and was then dropped. Ouch!
It gets worse. 5 innings for 65 runs. Average: 13.00 Strike rate: 94
And worse. Prior batted at No 3 for 4 innings for 32 runs at an average of 8.00 and a strike rate of 68.
And then eye wateringly bad. 5 hits for 26 runs at an average of 5.2 and at a strike rate of 79.
A young allrounder who has been performing well in 50 over cricket for NSW but had a bit of a shocker in the Big Bash
Batting: 7 innngs, 65 runs at 13.00
Bowling: 3 wickets at an average of 51.33 and 9.24 runs per over.
What they should do
Terminate the franchise.
Well perhaps a bit drastic but merge with the ACT Futures League Team & play a game or two in Canberra. Manuka Oval now has lights and will host its first international cricket match featuring Australia in February. The people of Canberra may turn up in greater numbers than the low crowds that ventured to the Olympic stadium.
A radical porposal I know as the new Big Bash is all about city based franchises (presumably based in one city not two) but maybe Sydney just isn’t big enough or interested enough for two Big Bash teams.
The other advantage of this is the Thunder would get a source of players (ie Mark Higgs) who have at least been playng state 2nd XI cricket for the ACT.
Also they definitely need a new batting line up.