When skipper Ashton Turner of the SCORCHERS was leading his side towards the target in a difficult chase of 173 runs compiled by the HEAT, their game seemed to be on the cusp of a slide when an awful mix-up with Hardie saw the skipper Ashton Turner (on 00 runs) run-out at the total of 137 runs at the point of 16.5 overs.
In strode a raw rookie, Chris Connolly, a left-handed batsman who had only faced 11 balls before in the BBL at this level. He scored one run of the sixth ball….. BUT that meant that the Scorchers needed 39 runs off 8 balls with two new batsmen in …and both quite raw rookies.
BUT what transpired! Volaarey! Cantaaarey!
When medium-paceman Bazley bowled the 18th over to Connolly, this rookie crucified him:
17.1 = Six runs – a lofted drive over mid-off for six!
17.2 = a sliced drive through off for 2 runs
17.3 = a pull through midwicket for four runs
- 6 A pull through midwicket for six runs
As the recorder noted, the rookie Connolly was working a miracle! Hardie chipped in too and between the two the Scorchers reached the target of 178 runs in 19.3 overs with Nick Hobson aiding Connolly in the last two overs.