Hobart Hurricane McDermott makes BBL history as the Renegades capitulate

Just a day after Scott Boland made history at the MCG, his Hobart Hurricanes teammate Ben McDermott became the first man to hit back-to-back centuries and score three centuries in the Big Bash League.

McDermott scored 127 runs from 65 balls with nine fours and nine sixes as his Hobart Hurricanes beat the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday night by 85 runs.

Ben McDermott of the Hobart Hurricanes made BBL history.Credit:Getty Images

Wednesday night’s century followed his 110 off 60 balls against Adelaide Strikers in Hobart on Monday night.

The 27-year-old Queensland native finished with the third-highest score in the competition’s 11 seasons behind the Hurricanes’ Matthew Wade’s 130 not out and the Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis’ 147 not out.

McDermott joins Indian star Shikhar Darwan in making back-to-back Twenty20 centuries after Darwan achieved the mark in the 2020 Indian Premier League.

“It’s a bit surreal. I’m over the moon, I can’t wait to sit back and enjoy [watching] it,” McDermott told Fox Sports.

“It’s coming out of the screws at the moment, but I know how quickly it can change so I want to keep riding the wave while I can.”

McDermott’s nine sixes was two short of the record of 11 in an innings, and his century was his second at Marvel Stadium after scoring his first BBL century at the ground in the 2016-2017 season.

McDermott and the Hurricanes looked on borrowed time in the opening four overs as towering English seamer Reece Topley dismissed Matthew Wade for a duck and D’Arcy Short was caught behind leaving the side on 2-19 from four overs.

The Renegades Sam Harper showed some fight in the team’s run chase.Credit:Getty Images

Topley was given a third over as the Renegades eyed McDermott’s wicket but Topley couldn’t get him out and McDermott patiently built his innings getting to 30 runs off 27 balls and then boosting his tempo to reach his 50 in 37 balls.

The Hurricanes took their power surge in the 14th and 15th overs forcing the field up with McDermott firing and Peter Handscomb feeding him the strike with canny singles.

During the 15th over, McDermott carted Kane Richardson for 25 runs off his over and signalled he was hungry for more.

McDermott would reach his century with a pull-shot for six in the 17th over to be 101 off 53 balls.

Handscomb was caught out off the bowing of Jack Prestwidge, which saw English power hitter Tim David join McDermott at the crease.

It potentially denied McDermott a chance to chase Stoinis’ record as David took to the Renegades racing to 30 off nine balls including a six that almost reached the third level of the stands.

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David missed his swing at the last ball and McDermott went for an impossible single with keeper Sam Harper running him out as the Hurricanes posted 5-206.

If the Renegades hadn’t figured out it wasn’t their night, they must have got the drift when Mackenzie Harvey made a golden dunk heavily nicking a Tom Rogers ball to slip where it was spilled but lobbed into the air for long enough that Riley Meredith dove in to make the catch.

Harper showed some fight in his 57 runs before he was run out, his side was bowled out for 121 in 15.5 overs and remain last on the ladder.

The Hurricanes remain in third place with McDermott sure to have many more eyes on him when he bats again against the Brisbane Heat in Hobart on New Year’s Day.

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