Just a day after Scott Boland made history at the MCG, his Hobart Hurricanes teammate Ben McDermott became the first man to hit back-to-back centuries and score three centuries in the Big Bash League.
McDermott scored 127 runs from 65 balls with nine fours and nine sixes as his Hobart Hurricanes beat the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Wednesday night by 85 runs.
Wednesday night’s century followed his 110 off 60 balls against Adelaide Strikers in Hobart on Monday night.
The 27-year-old Queensland native finished with the third-highest score in the competition’s 11 seasons behind the Hurricanes’ Matthew Wade’s 130 not out and the Melbourne Stars’ Marcus Stoinis’ 147 not out.
McDermott joins Indian star Shikhar Darwan in making back-to-back Twenty20 centuries after Darwan achieved the mark in the 2020 Indian Premier League.
“It’s a bit surreal. I’m over the moon, I can’t wait to sit back and enjoy [watching] it,” McDermott told Fox Sports.
“It’s coming out of the screws at the moment, but I know how quickly it can change so I want to keep riding the wave while I can.”
McDermott’s nine sixes was two short of the record of 11 in an innings, and his century was his second at Marvel Stadium after scoring his first BBL century at the ground in the 2016-2017 season.
McDermott and the Hurricanes looked on borrowed time in the opening four overs as towering English seamer Reece Topley dismissed Matthew Wade for a duck and D’Arcy Short was caught behind leaving the side on 2-19 from four overs.