Sydney Thunder vs Melbourne Renegades Rain delay, Sydney weather forecast, news, Big Bash cricket
Sydney Thunder’s dismal Big Bash League season was barely over at the Sydney Showground on Wednesday night when they were wooden spooned without a ball bowled.
At 8:35pm the referees announced that the Thunder’s final round match with the Melbourne Renegades had been called off due to rain, which had barely stopped throughout the evening.
It was the Thunder’s third game affected by rain this season, and saw the Western Sydney club pick up just one win in 10 matches for the 2023/24 season. It’s their fifth wooden spoon in 13 seasons.
Thunder captain Chris Green said his team was “hoping to restore some pride tonight and give the fans what they deserve.”
“I talked all the time, we were short with the bat, especially during the middle overs… We only scored three fifties,” Green said. “A lot of scores of 15, 20, and odd 30, which left us 15, 20 points short.
“The good teams in this competition, with small margins, will be discovered every time.”
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No panic stations
“These are not panic stations,” Green said. “We’re not going to fire everyone. We had a rebuilding phase nine years ago with the Sydney Thunder.
“This is the first year in six years that we’ve missed the finals. It’s just a blip on the radar and I honestly think we’ll be better after this.”
Green said there will be no “honesty session” after the season because the players have been honest all year.
“We’ve been honest with ourselves the whole time,” he said. “If you ask everyone, we were not at our best.
“But even without being at our best, we pushed all the good teams to narrow losses. It shows that if we play our best cricket, we can match that and beat the best teams.”
“It’s the frustrating thing – we’ve never been able to play our best cricket in the nine matches so far.”
It was also a damp squib for fans who were hoping to see 40-year-old Western Australian Shaun Marsh play his final match of cricket.
The media attempted to speak to the 40-year-old, but he was “done with media contact,” according to a Renegades media official.
Marsh has the third highest batting average ever in a BBL game at 40.44, behind Brad Hodge (42.8) and Steve Smith (41.2).
Retired Test man David Warner, wearing a multi-coloured baby umbrella, signed autographs and took selfies for fans who remained on the ground until it was called off.
Warner will travel to Dubai to play for Dubai Capitals in the ICTL20 before spending a stint in the Indian Premier League with Delhi Capitals.
Cricket Australia will fly Warner home for T20 internationals against the West Indies in Hobart, Adelaide and Perth from February 9-13. The matches will be his last international matches in Australia.
The 37-year-old said he will retire from all international cricket after the T20 World Cup in June in the Caribbean.
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