Twenty20 Big Bash
So soon after attending our first Ashes Test experience I was encouraged by the response of the boys when we joined the junior club and ventured to ANZ Stadium in Sydney to watch New South Wales take on Tasmania in the Big Bash. Ironically it was another debut for me.
The main difference, for those that don’t know cricket, is that Twenty20 is a shortened version of the game designed to be completed in two and a half hours. A Test Match takes five days to complete. Get your head around that one.
ANZ Stadium is actually purpose built as a football stadium but is converted into a cricket ground every so often; inviting short boundaries straight and huge boundaries square. The boys brought a little mate from MILO cricket along and had a ball. The combination of being a night game, with friends and other players in the club made the experience for them so much better. No complaining! T20 is the way for us for the near future I think.
The game itself was enjoyable with a few standout memories. First the fancied NSW were not able to beat Tasmania though they made a game of it out of nothing. Travis Birt hit the biggest SIX I have ever witnessed live; an absolute bomb over square leg. The Punjab import Naved-ul-Husan bowling a mesmerizing spell in the middle that completely pegged NSW back. David Warner and Usman Khawaja opening partnership of 69 in eight overs. Finally Ben Rohrer almost pulling off the miracle with a 29-ball 47 to eventually lose by only two runs. It should have been a lot more.
But that six. Unfortunately the Fox Sports video is no longer available so this TV-taped YouTube clip is the best I’ve got.