Cricket is a sport of endless possibilities. Over the years a number of bizarre things have happened on the cricket pitch which has proved that nothing is impossible on the field. Who could have thought that a bowler would end up conceding 17 runs on a single delivery? But the Big Bash League 2018-19 clash between Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Renegades become witness to one such instance as Australian bowler Riley Meredith conceded 17 runs in the first over of Renegades innings.
The Aussie pacer, who plays for Hurricanes, opened the attack for his side with a target of 184 runs to defend. He bowled two back to back dot balls to start with before conceding a single on the third delivery. However, what followed from there on was a nightmare for him. Meredith bowled a no-ball overstepping by a fair margin. He followed it up with a wide delivery which went racing past the keeper awarding 5 runs to the Renegades.
He then bowled two back to back no-balls with Aaron Finch dispatching both of them for boundaries. Meredith finally bowled a full-length delivery and a legal one with Finch getting a single off it to make it an incredible 17 runs off just 1 ball. ( NB+ 5wides + NB (4) + NB (4) + 1 )
Hurricanes got off to the worst possible start in their defence of 184 runs as Meredith conceded 23 runs in the opening over. The pacer, however, made amends to his mistakes picking up a wicket to finish with 43/1 in his three overs. Finch (35) and Tom Cooper (44) almost took Renegades to a victory before Hurricanes bowlers made a comeback to restrict Finch’s men on 167 runs and win the game by 16 runs.
Earlier, Matthew Wade scored a quickfire 58 off 30 balls to help Hobart Hurricanes post 183/6 in 20 overs.