Hobart Hurricanes ‘surprised’ by Daniel Worrall’s record-breaking knock
Adelaide Strikers recruit Daniel Worrall left his opponents in shock after an entertaining cameo during Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena.
After coming to the crease at 6/49 on debut for the Strikers, Worrall plundered 62 off 39 balls to send a scare through the Hurricanes camp.
It was the highest score by a No. 8 batsman in BBL history.
“I haven’t seen that from him before,” Hurricanes paceman Riley Meredith said after the match. “I was a bit surprised to be honest.
“He batted really well, and hit some clean balls.”
Meredith’s confusion was understandable considering Worrall had only managed 55 runs from his previous 33 T20 matches.
But Sydney Thunder captain and former South Australian teammate Callum Ferguson knew he has “always been a crisp striker of the ball”, singing Worrall’s praises on social media.
Worrall boasts a first-class batting average of 13.60, and has never scored on half-century in the Sheffield Shield.
The 29-year-old combined with English international Danny Briggs for an unbroken 61-run partnership for the 10th wicket, another BBL record.
Speaking to Channel 7 during the onslaught, Hurricanes batsman Mac Wright conceded his side were unaware of the pair’s destructive capabilities with the bat.
“This is pretty good to watch actually,” Wright sheepishly admitted. “(They’re) pulling every trick out of the book here.”
Despite the record-breaking stand, the Strikers suffered an 11-run defeat in their series opener in Hobart, unable to chase the 175-run target.
Earlier in the match, Worrall was prematurely removed from the attack after bowling two waist-high no-balls during his spell. He finished with figures of 1/38 from 3.5 overs.
Meanwhile, Meredith continued his impressive form in short-format cricket, claiming 2/30 from his four overs on Sunday.
The speedster also pulled off a bizarre run out in the ninth over, kicking the ball onto the stumps to find Ryan Gibson short of his ground.
“A bit of instinct,” Meredith said. “I couldn’t be bothered to pick it up, so I thought I’d give the shoe a go.
“It was a bit of luck.”