Drama surrounds 15-year-old spinner in BBL clash
Noor Ahmad made history before he’d even bowled his first ball and the attention only intensified on the youngster as he arrived in the Big Bash League.
At 15, the Afghanistan-born spinner became the youngest person to ever play a BBL game, taking the field for the Melbourne Renegades in their six-wicket loss to the Hobart Hurricanes.
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Ahmad was the last bowler brought into the attack as the Renegades tried to defend their total of 5/157 and didn’t take long to have an impact. He had Peter Handscomb caught in the deep in his second over, making him the youngest person to ever claim a wicket in the men’s BBL.
The left-arm wrist spinner thought he was in the game again later in the over. Ahmad went up for a huge LBW appeal, thinking he’d trapped Colin Ingram in front of his stumps with a wrong’un first ball.
Wicketkeeper Sam Harper was pleading with the umpire, as was Shaun Marsh at first slip, but the umpire kept his finger down.
Replays showed Ahmad may have been dudded a second scalp in what would have been an incredible debut, Hawkeye predicting the ball would have crashed into the stumps.
There’s no Decision Review System in the BBL so the Renegades just had to cop the rough call on the chin.
Noor Ahmad thought he had a second wicket.Source:FOX SPORTS
Ahmad will have to wait a little longer to taste his first BBL victory after a batting masterclass from Ben McDermott guided the Hurricanes to victory.
Arriving at the crease after Josh Lalor bowled D’Arcy Short with the third ball of the innings, McDermott blasted a brilliant 89 not out from 55 balls to ensure his team chased down the total with 14 balls to spare.
Earlier, the Renegades slumped to 2/4 before Harper (66 not out from 52 balls) and South African Rilee Rossouw (59) launched a rescue mission that saved the innings.
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