• Meredith concedes 17 runs off one legal ball

    Hobart Hurricanes’ opening bowler Riley Meredith conceded 17 runs off just one legal delivery in the BBL, and his shocker with the ball features as Thursday’s Play of the Day, writes ANITHA MADIKIZELA.

    It wasn’t a pretty sight to watch when Meredith had to bowl the same ball five times before he could get it right, while shipping 17 runs to the Melbourne Renegades in Hobart – giving the visitors a nice start to their chase of a challenging 184-run target.

    The eventful ball came in the first over of the second innings as Meredith’s fourth delivery was called a front-foot no-ball. He followed that up with a wide down the leg side that evaded the keeper on its way to the boundary.

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    Things went from bad to worse as he bowled two more consecutive no-balls – each smashed for four by Aaron Finch (35 off 28 balls, 6×4) – before eventually bowling a legal delivery on his fifth attempt, which only went for one run.

    With such a poor start to his spell, it’s no wonder he finished with 1-43 in his three overs (econ 14.33) as the pacer sprayed the ball all over the place at speeds of over 150kmh.

    Meredith will be relieved that the rest of the bowling attack stepped up when required to defend the Hurricanes’ score of 183-6 by restricting the Renegades to just 167-8 in their 20 overs, which was 16 runs too few.

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    The Hurricanes’ win secures the table-topping team from Hobart a home semi-final at Blundstone Arena next Tuesday as the Big Bash League heads to the business end of the season.


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