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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Thunder's thrilling win goes down to very last ball


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Jos Buttler has offered up the most bizarre dismissal of this summer's Big Bash League but still helped the Sydney Thunder to victory in their last-ball, one-run win over Perth.

The Scorchers appeared out of the match after falling to 5-54 early in their pursuit of the Thunder's 6-154, before Ashton Turner almost got them home in the final over as part of an unbeaten 87-run stand with Will Bosisto (23no) on Wednesday.

Needing 20 off the bowling of Daniel Sams, Turner took the margin to four off the last ball before he could only manage a two down the ground in the Scorchers' second straight loss.

Thunder celebrate the win over Perth

His 60 not out was more than double the score of any other Perth batsman, as only he and the Thunder's Callum Ferguson and Buttler looked comfortable on the low and slow pitch.

Already the competition's leading run-scorer after the opening two-and-a-half weeks, Buttler's 55 came from 54 balls but had plenty of highlights as he played all around the ground.

He brought up his 50 with a reverse pull shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile, and had earlier ramped Jhye Richardson for six back over the keepers' head.

However he fell getting too creative, trying to reverse sweep paceman Richardson but only succeeding in collecting his own stumps, out hit wicket.

Root bowled after nutmeg

Regardless, it was enough to put the Thunder in control given their spinning prowess on a wicket that suits their attack perfectly.

Spinners Fawad Ahmed, Jonathan Cook and Chris Green took 4-67 between them in 12 overs, with Ahmed the Thunder's best with 2-22 from his four.

His first wicket came courtesy of a zooter which skidded on to trap Michael Klinger lbw for 20, while his second was to a brilliant one-handed Shane Watson grab at slip after Ashton Agar attempted to play against the spin.

Watson out after 'screamer'

Ahmed was also responsible for the only of the wickets not taken by the spinners, when he sensationally ran out Hilton Cartwright with one stump to aim at from backward point.

It comes after Ahmed also took three wickets against the Sixers in the only other game at Spotless Stadium this season, with the Thunder spinners seemingly at home on the deck.

Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft also hit 19 in his second game back from his nine-month ban stemming from the ball-tampering saga, before falling lbw to Cook

Jos Buttler has offered up the most bizarre dismissal of this summer's Big Bash League but still helped the Sydney Thunder to victory in their last-ball, one-run win over Perth.

The Scorchers appeared out of the match after falling to 5-54 early in their pursuit of the Thunder's 6-154, before Ashton Turner almost got them home in the final over as part of an unbeaten 87-run stand with Will Bosisto (23no) on Wednesday.

Needing 20 off the bowling of Daniel Sams, Turner took the margin to four off the last ball before he could only manage a two down the ground in the Scorchers' second straight loss.

Thunder celebrate the win over Perth

His 60 not out was more than double the score of any other Perth batsman, as only he and the Thunder's Callum Ferguson and Buttler looked comfortable on the low and slow pitch.

Already the competition's leading run-scorer after the opening two-and-a-half weeks, Buttler's 55 came from 54 balls but had plenty of highlights as he played all around the ground.

He brought up his 50 with a reverse pull shot off Nathan Coulter-Nile, and had earlier ramped Jhye Richardson for six back over the keepers' head.

However he fell getting too creative, trying to reverse sweep paceman Richardson but only succeeding in collecting his own stumps, out hit wicket.

Root bowled after nutmeg

Regardless, it was enough to put the Thunder in control given their spinning prowess on a wicket that suits their attack perfectly.

Spinners Fawad Ahmed, Jonathan Cook and Chris Green took 4-67 between them in 12 overs, with Ahmed the Thunder's best with 2-22 from his four.

His first wicket came courtesy of a zooter which skidded on to trap Michael Klinger lbw for 20, while his second was to a brilliant one-handed Shane Watson grab at slip after Ashton Agar attempted to play against the spin.

Watson out after 'screamer'

Ahmed was also responsible for the only of the wickets not taken by the spinners, when he sensationally ran out Hilton Cartwright with one stump to aim at from backward point.

It comes after Ahmed also took three wickets against the Sixers in the only other game at Spotless Stadium this season, with the Thunder spinners seemingly at home on the deck.

Meanwhile, Cameron Bancroft also hit 19 in his second game back from his nine-month ban stemming from the ball-tampering saga, before falling lbw to Cook

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