BIGGEST BASHERS IN THE TROPICS
RELDAS Ringers left-hander Brad Stout can be revealed as the biggest basher of the inaugural Mendi Tropical Big Bash ahead of the tournament’s final weekend.
Stout has cleared the rope more than any other player, and has hit more than one-fifth of the tournament’s sixes.
The Ringer has smashed it out of
the park six times in his four games, with four of those coming in his monstrous 86 off 57 deliveries against the Wildcatz in Round 4. Stout has also hit 11 fours this tournament.
Wildcatz opener Keegan Morrish is the second biggest six hitter for the tournament with four maximums, while top run scorer Sam Lowry,
Adam Zabala and Chris Stanger have three each.
EV2 Lions captain Craig Mcelligott,
who has been renowned for his strong stroke play, has not cleared the rope once this season, but has hit the most fours with 15.
Tropical Big Bash organiser Peter Busch expects the rope to be cleared a few more times this weekend as the tournament hits crunch time.
He admitted it was no mean feat clearing the boundaries with the rope a fair way out on both fields.
“A couple of people have asked me
how far out they are, but really we just drove around in the cart throwing the rope out the side, it could be around 75m,” he said. “I think next year we will bring the ropes in about five metres. The scores have been OK, but more runs is what T20 is all about.”
Busch said he was not shocked to see Stout at the top of the tree for maximums and said: “He is a gun. He hits the ball harder than my dad used to hit me on the backside.”