Rain hits Big Bash League Derby
Royal Challengers Bangalore players Dirk Nannes and Chris Gayle ended up on the losing side in the two highly anticipated derby matches in the Big Bash League which were plagued by rain interruptions.
Melbourne Stars beat Nannes’ team Melbourne Renegades by 11 runs and Sydney Sixers beat Gayle’s Sydney Thunder by 17 runs, both shortened by rain and decided by the Duckworth Lewis method.
The first match between the two Melbourne sides took place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and saw Stars decide to bat first after winning the toss.
Nannes gave away 12 in his first over to be taken out of the attack. His second over was exemplary, giving the batsman no chance at all to score and it ended as a wicket maiden. He was worked around in his next over which yielded nine runs and conceded another 12 in his last over ending with figures of 1/33.
Contributions from David Hussey, George Bailey and Matthew Wade helped the Stars post 167/5 in their 20 overs.
One over from the Renegade innings was cut off after just the second over when rain interrupted play. They had already lost Aaron Finch by that time and lost Brad Hodge soon after the resumption of play. Glenn Maxwell hit 28 off 24 before his dismissal in the 8th over after which rain returned to halt play.
The par score according to the D/L method was recalculated and at 58/3 in 8.3 overs, Renegades were found to be 11 runs short of the par score of 70, handing the match to the Melbourne Stars.
The derby between the Sydney Thunder and Sydney Sixers at Stadium Australia in Sydney saw the Sixers win the toss and bat first. They slid to 47/5 from 24/0 before runs from Ben Rohrer and Peter Nevill helped them post 117/7 in their allotted quota of 16 overs in the rain hit match. Gayle chipped in with 1/18 in his three overs.
Mitchell Starc and Brett Lee reigned in Thunder with an exceptionally tight start to the Sixers defence. Chris Gayle was worked over by Lee and a leading edge which went as far as mid- off kept his contribution to a six ball duck. Starc took two wickets in two balls in the next over as Thunder slid to 12/3 and the dismissal of Jason Floros in the sixth over saw the covers come on for rain.
With the minimum 5 overs required for a result to be determined already bowled, the game was called off with Thunder’s 29/4 after 5.3 overs falling 17 runs short of the par score of 47 runs.
Mitchell Starc was announced as the Man of the Match for his 3/17 in 2.3 overs.