Get ready for cricket season with a look back at some of the best hits and iconic moments in BBL and WBBL history.
Cricket season is finally here and we’re all set for an epic 11th season of the Big Bash League (BBL). The Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) is already underway and the men’s season begins on December 5, when two-time defending champions the Sydney Sixers host the Melbourne Stars at the SCG, in what will be a cracking match between two old rivals.
Since the league was established in 2011, there have been some show-stopping performances. So to get you in the spirit for this season we’ve collected some of the most iconic moments from the BBL including the biggest hits and those historical game-winning moments in both the men’s and women’s leagues.
In his fourth game for the Scorchers, a battle against the Adelaide Strikers in January 2014, Craig Simmons broke the record for the fastest BBL century, off just 39 balls. He finished the game with 102 runs from 41 balls, with his innings including eight fours and eight sixes. A performance that rightfully saw him awarded Man of the Match.
Brisbane Heat will fondly remember WWBL 04, the year that they broke the monopoly of the Sixers to win their first-ever WBBL title. Sixers, Thunder, Heat, and Renegades all qualified for the semis with 20, 19, 18, and 15 points respectively. In the first semi-final, Heat beat Thunder by 4 runs, and in the final Beth Mooney was the star of the show with 65 from 45 balls smashing Sixers’ hopes to win by 3 wickets. Who doesn’t love a good underdog story?
Two hat-tricks in one day in BBL|10
It doesn’t get much better than two hat-tricks in one day, and that’s exactly what happened in the tenth season of BBL. Rashid Khan secured the first hat-trick of the day for the Adelaide Strikers against the Sixers and was followed by uncapped Pakistan player Haris Rauf who claimed a hat-trick for Melbourne Stars against Sydney Thunder at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Needing 26 off 29 balls with six wickets in hand, Brisbane Heat looked to be a dead cert to join the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL|06 final, but an epic performance by Sammy-Jo Johnson and Hannah Darlington saw Thunder take 6 for 12. Watch it back here.
Melbourne Stars batsman Marcus Stoinis hit the highest individual score in BBL history in a sublime performance that saw the Stars beat the Sydney Sixers by 44 runs at the MCG. Stoinis smashed 147 not out from 79 balls, hitting 13 fours and eight sixes.
Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright of the Perth Scorchers shared a 207-run opening stand, which is the highest in the BBL to date.
Ashleigh Gardner smashes it out of the park
When it comes to superb hits in the WBBL it’s hard to look past Sydney Sixers star Ashleigh Gardner’s massive six against the Melbourne Renegades. Gardner struck the ball perfectly to send it out of the grounds during her half-century stand against the Renegades at North Sydney Oval.
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