The Scorchers finished second on the home and away ladder after starting the season with two home losses. Clearly they got their shit together as the season wore on and then managed to pull off a great heist in the Big SEMI edging out the Stars in a last ball thriller. A puss effort in the Big FINAL would have been slightly disappointing – the only consolation would be the massive CLT20 pay day that the Scorchers have now qualified for.
Welcome back to the runs SE Marsh! Older Son of Swampy (OSOS to his mates) made the most runs in BBL|02 (412) and hit the most sixes (16). He also made the most 50+ scores with 5 and earned himself a national T20 recall. Not a bad season.
The forgotten man of Australian limited overs cricket made a return to form with 200 odd runs at a decent clip. I look forward to the King of Northbridge bringing his “Party First, Cricket Later” attitude to the Australian T20 dressingroom after his somewhat surprising national team call up. I expect him to clash with The Governor, George Bailey, skipper of the T20 side and his rigid discipline program.
Justin Langer said if he ever coached a T20 outfit he wanted The Fonse in his side. And what a good idea that turned out to be – 12 wickets at an average of 14 at 6.24 runs per over. AT muscled six catches to boot!
The Spin twins
Michael Beer opened the bowling in most innings and did a hell of a job – 10 wickets at an average of 21 at a tick under 6 runs per over. Brad Hogg did what Hoggy does best – took 11 wickets at 20 and kept the runs down. The new spin twins indeed.
The curious case of The Sinker – disappearing into the depths of the batting line up. Captain Kato played all 10 games yet batted only 5 times. He made 82 runs for the BBL season which included his one half century (62 runs) and 2 ducks.
Kept the entire home and away part of the BBL then was dropped for the Finals with Mike Hussey taking the gloves. Perhaps Triffit’s batting was the reason he was axed: 7 runs in 5 innings at an average of 1.75, a top score of four and a strike rate of 50 plus 2 ducks. Not pretty reading. Admittedly he probably came in very late in an innings a few times but I can now appreciate why Mike Hussey was preferred.
A sixth bowler
The five front line bowlers were so good no part timers were used. Not the spin of Voges, North or Katich nor the military mediums of Mike Hussey. Unusual.
What they should do
Look for another keeper – maybe someone over the age of 33 to fit into the Dad’s army mould of the rest of the team. Mike Hussey perhaps?
Now that Mike Hussey has retired from international cricket, install him as Scorchers captain and close the door on Simon Katich.
Stop losing Big FINALS at The Furnace.