‘Unbelievable’: Matt Short makes BBL run scoring history in utter annihilation

Adelaide Strikers captain Matt Short has made BBL history, becoming the highest run scorer in a 10-match BBL regular season in his side’s nine-wicket thrashing of the Sydney Thunder.

The Thunder appear destined for the wooden spoon after losing 6/33 as cult hero legspinner Lloyd Pope took three wickets four balls in the 19th over.

It saw the Thunder bowled out for 140, which the Strikers chased with ease, cruising to the total with 23 balls remaining.

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Short was 74 not out off 49 balls, while Jake Weatherald finished 47 not out off 31 balls.

But it continues a phenomenal season for Short, who has hit 509 runs at an average of 72.71 so far in the tournament with six half centuries.

The previous record for the regular season was held by now opening teammate D’Arcy Short, who had 504 runs in the 2017/18 season.

However, a 68 in the Big Bash Final took his tally to 572 runs for the season from 11 innings.

The win saw the Strikers make the finals, which will give Matt Short the chance to surpass his teammate’s overall tally.

While the all-time record of 705 runs by Marcus Stoinis in 2019/20 is safe, due mainly to the fact there are four less matches this season, Short has put himself firming in the frame to add to his two ODIs and seven T20Is for Australia.

“The proudest thing is that I’ve been scoring at most venues, rather than just the beautiful Adelaide Oval,” Short said of the record on Fox Cricket.

“You come to some slower wickets and slower outfields here (at Manuka Oval) and score some runs, that’s probably what I’m most proud of.”

Short was exceptional, launching two sixes onto the roof and another into the roof in a destructive display of hitting.

While the batters were spectacular, the win was set up by a dominant performance from the Strikers’ bowlers.

Cult hero Lloyd Pope was the other star of the game, narrowly missing out on taking the 11th hat-trick in BBL history but claiming career-best figures of 4/22.

Having claimed three wickets in his first three games of the season, Pope matched that in the space of four deliveries as he knocked over Chris Green, Nathan McAndrew and Liam Hatcher in the penultimate over.

Jamie Overton continued his brilliant season with 3/26 as the Thunder were bowled out in the 20th over when Tanveer Sangha was run out without facing a ball.

The Strikers’ win ends the Melbourne Stars’ season, who need the Thunder to win to have any hope of making finals.

With Martin Gabor, NCA Newswire

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