Archer the talk of the town

Barbadian Jofra Archer and D’Arcy Short combined again to help Hobart Hurricanes secure a vital second win in this year’s Big Bash League over the red-hot Adelaide Strikers in Hobart today.

Short set the game up with a sublime 96 from just 58 deliveries, becoming the first player in BBL history to make consecutive 90s. It helped the Hurricanes to a formidable score of 5 for 183.

Attention, though, soon switched to Archer as the BBL’s Twitter feed dubbed him the tournament’s “new cult hero”. His nerveless final over ensured a painful night for Jason Gillespie, Adelaide Strikers’ coach, who is about to join forces with Archer at Sussex next season. And that pain might intensify for Gillespie should Archer’s fast-rising reputation win an IPL deal and ensure he misses the start of the English Championship season.

On a placid surface, with one short boundary to target, the Strikers took the game to the last over. Having lost two early wickets, Colin Ingram and Travis Head set the game alight with a rollicking 102-run stand in just 64 balls. Archer and Short teamed up for a brilliant catch on the midwicket boundary to remove Ingram, and then with 13 runs to defend in the final over, Archer executed nearly every ball to perfection to hand the Strikers their first loss of the season.

Clive Rose opened the bowling with Archer and they proved a lethal combination. The raw pace that sometimes reached over 150kph and steep bounce of Archer accounted for Strikers’ leading scorer Alex Carey. The deceptive drop of Rose’s left-arm orthodox saw Jake Weatherald get too far underneath a lofted on-drive. The game appeared over at 2 for 24 after five overs. Cameron Boyce entered the attack and squeezed further to leave the Strikers requiring 132 runs from the final 11 overs.

Ingram was one of the Strikers key recruits after the departure of experienced duo Ben Dunk and Brad Hodge. Ingram has hit 24 fifties in 156 T20s and strikes at 135. But he had gone nine innings across the Ram Slam and the BBL without passing 50, and had struggled in his first three outings for the Strikers. He turned to a trusted four-year-old bat for some confidence and he launched back-to-back sixes in the 10th over off Simon Milenko. He also showed his touch with a scoop and a reverse sweep for consecutive boundaries off Rose.

Ingram and Head clubbed four fours and five sixes in four overs before Bailey turned to Archer again. He forced a leading edge from Head with a high full toss, and conceded just six runs to lift the required rate back above 11. Ingram held the key and it was Archer again, this time in the field. Ingram struck a pull shot to deep midwicket off Tymal Mills. Archer caught the ball and threw it to Short before he stepped over the rope to complete an outstanding catch.

Archer nailed two yorkers to start the last over, one hit Jake Lehmann flush on the toe in front of leg stump, the other zipped through to Wade who produced a direct hit as Wells tried to pinch a bye. Archer conceded just six runs in the over when he had 12 to play with and finished with staggering figures of 3 for 15 from his four overs.

Source: (Cricinfo)

11 Responses to Archer the talk of the town

  1. luther thorne January 4, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Put him in the West. INDIES Team and he becomes an ordinary player demotivated depressed and dismissed.

  2. Greengiant January 5, 2018 at 6:53 am

    @luther thorne: Yes you’re right, if he has to bowl on these flat dead tracks in the Caribbean. The ICC World cup resulted in the doctoring of our pitches. The medication, and the team currently administering treatment has killed them. Our batsmen now struggle on pitches where the ball is coming on quickly, because we have been developing front foot players.

    Slow pitches creates front foot players, while quicker wickets, and by extension quick bowlers helps develop back foot playing ability that is needed to play the rising deliveries. Covered pitches has done some damage to batting ability as well.

  3. harry turnover January 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    Welll said Greengiant. nothing green about your knowledge of cricket .
    However,for him to be picked for the West Indies he would first have to make the Bdos team and maintain his place ( a thing that Chris Jordan could not do when the regulars were around ) and then make the WI team.
    Doubt very much that he would make himself available as he would be way down the pecking order for both Bdos and the West Indies teams.

  4. orlando January 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    i understand that england is looking at archer as their youg bright future . just want to know why isnt cwi talking about him also. thay may be the better choice right now . but we all know england just uses the west indian players for a lil while . draw then in so west indies dont get them . and while england is looking at him. i doubt courtney and co. is even loooking in. just look at jordan.

  5. orlando January 5, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    and i read in the nation that viv richards is blaming beaton bowling troubles on mr. estwick . he had troubles long before .mr estwick .so dont use him as a scape goat. while you are at it . tell us who is to blame for narine. samuels . shillinford . and dont forget jermain lawson who came through the under 13 15 17 19 jamaica and all the way to test without being noballed. Thats total disrespect for a top class coach. . but i forgot he is the one to replace ambrose. very petty

  6. Haskell Murray January 5, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    He will qualify to play for England because the West Indies stupid rule that he has to play in all of their first class tournament is still in place. So we will loose another good one who should be wearing the maroon cap.

  7. orlando January 5, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    are you to tell me a guy on the fringe of making the england team cant even make a barbados team. well if that was really true then he should go and play for one of the others. i just notice chaim holder is playing for the leewards. then again i dont blame him for leaning toward england.

  8. Tony Waterman January 6, 2018 at 2:48 am

    “He will qualify to play for England because the West Indies stupid rule that he has to play in all of their first class tournament is still in place.”

    So!!!! How many First class Games does he have to play in England, to Qualify to Play For England ??

    My Impression is that this is Parochialism at play in the West Indies.

  9. SHERLOCK WORRELL January 6, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I think all of you have to read Viv Richards comments again. He also said that Beaton issues came even before Estwick. And those issues is why Narine don’t play in ICC tournaments, (every personal reasons)??.

    Well said, England used our players. Remember we were on top for a long time and they are trying to keep us down. Also, along with the umpires and referees calling our player for throwing. Check the series Beaton was very aggressive….Shillinford and Narine getting a lot of wickets agains all players and the CWI (WICB) and pass player not giving assistance. Players bowling no balls Gabriel…can just move the marker back. The players don’t used they brain, cricket is a thinking game.

  10. orlando January 6, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    hey Sherlock .i read that article again and unless im missing something . he didnt say anything about issues before estwick. sorry.
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    Beaton was reported to the International Cricket Council for a suspect bowling action, following the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Christchurch last week.

    The 25-year-old Guyanese had made his debut in the first ODI in Whangarei just days prior.

    Beaton previously represented West Indies Under-19s, West Indies A and was also called up for the Afghanistan Twenty20s earlier this year.

    Sir Viv said with the player having gone through so many of the different stages of West Indies cricket, the onus was on coaches to identify these types of flaws.

    “He [Windies bowling coach Roderick Estwick] is supposed to have the know-how as to how to get these guys and correct them, and these guys [players] would have been through that particular department for quite some time to try and rectify all that,” Sir Viv told the

  11. luther thorne January 6, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    West Indian players are being kept out of the game for a lot of frivilous reasons but the reality is that you do not have to play for West Indies to make a living from playing cricket. The foolisness of stopping players from playing for West Indies as a punishment is totally wrong and useless now anyhow so they could as well forget it. All we in the Caribbean and in Barbados in particular like to RH do is punish and unfair Black people of African ancestry.


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