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Ben McDermott named KFC BBL|11 Player of the Tournament

Ben McDermott
Ben McDermott
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Hobart Hurricanes batter Ben McDermott has been named the KFC BBL|11 Player of the Tournament after a record-breaking season opening the batting.


McDermott became the first player in BBL history to score centuries in consecutive matches, plundering 110 not out against the Adelaide Strikers on December 27 before backing that up 48 hours later with 127 against the Melbourne Renegades.

In doing so, the 27-year-old became the first player to score three career BBL centuries, narrowly missing out on another when scoring 93 against the Brisbane Heat on January 8.

The Hurricanes opener ended KFC BBL|11 with 577 runs – the fourth-highest single season tally in BBL history - at 48.08 apiece and a strike rate of 153.86. He currently sits 90 runs clear of Adelaide’s Matt Short in the BKT Golden Bat standings, with Short due to line up in The Challenger at the SCG on Wednesday night.

McDermott’s prolific season saw him break into the all-time top 10 run-scorer’s list since the competition’s inception, with his cumulative tally now sitting at 2139 runs from 74 games. He also became the fourth player to hit 100 BBL sixes during this season’s final home and away game against the Melbourne Stars.

His contribution to the Hurricanes’ Finals-bound campaign also stretched into the field, taking the wicket keeping gloves on six occasions for four catches and one stumping. He also claimed another five outfield catches.

The KFC BBL|11 Player of the Tournament is voted on by match officials at the 56 home and away matches throughout the season. McDermott tallied 25 votes to finish three clear of Melbourne Stars pair Joe Clarke and Glenn Maxwell, who tied for second place with 22 votes each.

KFC BBL|11 Player of the Tournament votes
 

Rank

Player

Club

Votes

1

Ben McDermott

Hobart Hurricanes

25

=2

Joe Clarke

Melbourne Stars

22

=2

Glenn Maxwell

Melbourne Stars

22

=4

Mitchell Marsh

Perth Scorchers

21

=4

Matt Short

Adelaide Strikers

21

6

Daniel Sams

Sydney Thunder

17

7

Josh Philippe

Sydney Sixers

16

=8

Moises Henriques

Sydney Sixers

15

=8

Tom Rogers

Hobart Hurricanes

15

=10

Aaron Finch

Melbourne Renegades

14

=10

Kurtis Patterson

Perth Scorchers

14


Trent Woodhill, Big Bash Leagues’ Player Acquisition and Cricket Consultant, said:

“After showing moments of brilliance throughout his BBL career, it was fantastic to see Ben McDermott construct a record-breaking season for the Hurricanes.

“His move back to the top of the order was a masterstroke and he made the most of his opportunity against the new ball. His power and timing was a delight to watch.

“It is also pleasing to see a combination of big names and breakout stars in the top 10 of voting. While Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch confirmed their standing as top T20 players, the likes of Matt Short, Tom Rogers and Kurtis Patterson also enjoyed career-best BBL seasons.

“Congratulations to all players who featured and thanks to our match officials for their work in identifying the Player of the Tournament.”

KFC BBL|11 Finals information

Two matches remain in the KFC BBL|11 Finals series - The Challenger and The Final:

  • The Challenger - January 26, 7:25pm AEDT: Sydney Sixers v Adelaide Strikers, Sydney Cricket Ground
  • The Final - January 28, 7:40pm AEDT: Perth Scorchers v winner of The Challenger, Marvel Stadium

Tickets to both matches are on sale now via cricket.com.au/big-bash.

Both matches will be broadcast live on Seven, Foxtel, Kayo and SEN.