Big Bash League: Top 5 Knocks From BBL 2021-22 League Stage
Glenn Maxwell set Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on fire on Wednesday when he struck 22 boundaries en route 154 not out – the highest individual score in the history of Big Bash League (BBL).
With that, the league stage of the BBL 2021-22 came to an end. Even though the first phase of the tournament was hit by Covid-related issues quite a few times, the group stage still had numerous memorable moments, knocks and spells. A total of six centuries were scored in 56 league games with Maxwell and Ben McDermott hitting two each. Here’s the BBL 2022 live score and updates.
With 40 points from 14 games, Perth Scorchers finished top of the league table, five points more than second-placed Sydney Sixers. Sydney Thunder, Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes completed the top five of the points table.
List of 5 best knocks in the group stage:
5 – Daniel Christian (73 off 61)
During a chase of 144 against Perth Scorchers in Match 33, Sydney Sixers suffered a major batting collapse. They lost the opener, Josh Philippe, for a duck in the first over before going four down inside the first four overs. At 61 for 5, Christian walked in to bat. The veteran batter struck four sixes and five fours in his 61-ball 73. While he failed to take his side home, he put up immense fight and grit. Sixers’ next best performer with the bat was Jordan Silk, who scored 16 off 19 balls.
4 – Daniel Sams (98* off 44)
At 78 for 2, Sams came out to bat for Sydney Thunder against Melbourne Renegades in Match 37 of BBL 2021-22. From Kane Richardson to Josh Lalor to Zahir Khan, Sams did not spare any Renegades bowler. He hammered eight sixes and seven fours and remained unbeaten on 98 off just 44 balls. He scored at an incredible strike rate of 222.72. Thanks to Sams’ knock, which was also his highest BBL score, Thunder posted 209 on the table and won the game by 129 runs. Read our free betting tips today and learn how to predict matches.
3 – Marcus Stoinis (75 off 31)
While Maxwell was in the limelight for his unbelievable hitting against Hobart Hurricanes on Wednesday (Jan. 19), Stoinis ended up in his shadow despite playing one of the best knocks in BBL. At a strike rate of 241.93, a tad more than his skipper, Stoinis struck six sixes and four fours in his unbeaten knock of 75 off 31. Stoinis walked in at 141 for 2 at the end of 11 overs and shared a match-winning stand of 132 runs with Maxwell as the duo took Melbourne Stars to 273 for 2 in 20 overs – the highest team total in the tournament’s history.
2 – Ben McDermott (110* and 127)
Hobart Hurricanes opener took BBL 2021-22 by storm in the group stage when he scored two back-to-back centuries, becoming the first-ever player in the tournament to achieve the feat. The 27-year-old hit 110 not out against the Adelaide Strikers in Match 22 before scoring 127 off 65 balls against Melbourne Renegades in Match 26. McDermott also became the first player to score three centuries in the competition’s 11 seasons.
1 – Glenn Maxwell (154* off 64)
Maxwell led from the front and produced a captain’s knock as he scored 154 not out off just 64 balls against Hobart Hurricanes. The skipper took little time as he began to go after the bowlers from the second over itself. The explosive opener brought up his half-century off only 20 deliveries. When Maxwell was inches away from his century, he struck two back-to-back boundaries and took a single to reach the triple figures. The timing of the knock was even more special as the Victorian batter was playing his 100th BBL game. Here’s our today’s cricket match prediction. Read more here how we predict any upcoming matches.