My first Big Bash game, ten years on

December 30 2011: My first attendance at a BBL game, my only game in the Big Bash League’s first season, and my first to a T20 match in almost six years. Sydney Thunder versus Melbourne Renegades at ANZ Stadium (as Stadium Australia was known at that period). It was scheduled for the evening of what would have been the fifth day of the Boxing Day Australia versus India Test, which thankfully ended in four.

There was never any doubt in my mind about which BBL team I would seek to support. The Sydney Sixers’ glitzy narcissistic image was a turnoff from the start, so despite the blandness of the name and the logo, Sydney Thunder it was.

Despite my pre-match protestations that I wouldn’t be tweeting from the game… I did.

Stay till end for the Fox Sports News report on the game.

(In case this page loads slowly because of all the embedded tweets, they can all be read on one Twitter page within this search range.)

My first comment about pyrotechnics at BBL games, a proud tradition that I have expanded ten years later into the hashtag #saynotopyro
Fidel Edwards finished with 4-0-30-1, the most expensive of the Thunder bowlers.
Abdul Razzaq joined Shahid Afridi at the crease for the Melbourne Renegades.
Ronald (Andrew) McDonald would later join the Sydney Thunder to become part of their BBL05 championship squad.

Sydney Morning Herald match report:

Sydney Thunder pre T20 era XI

As part of a debate that developed downstream from a team listing put together by Brad Hodge and tweeted by @7cricket a few days ago (see below), I have assembled a hypothetical Sydney Thunder squad of players from the pre-T20 era.

Criteria for inclusion:

  1. They must have played for a club (or a predecessor) that competes in the Thunder Conference of the 2018-19 Kingsgrove Sports T20 competition in NSW Premier Cricket (that is: Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown-Camden, Fairfield-Liverpool, Hawkesbury, Northern District, Parramatta, Penrith, Sydney University, Western Suburbs, ACT, Central Coast)
  2. They must not have played in a major T20 tournament since the birth of the format in 2003. (I have included the ICL in this definition, which disqualifies Michael Bevan)

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Match notes: Sydney Thunder v Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, 16 Dec 2016

On December 16 2016 Sydney Thunder played a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI at Spotless Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park in a Twenty20 warmup match. For Bangladesh it was preparation for their tour of New Zealand, for the Thunder it was a pre-season game for BBL06. Continue reading “Match notes: Sydney Thunder v Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, 16 Dec 2016”