Former Australian international Shane Watson smashed a brilliant 100 off 62 deliveries to become the oldest player to slam a ton in the Big Bash League (BBL). Watson, playing for Sydney Thunder, with his ton powered the Sydney outfit to 186-4 in 20 overs against Brisbane Heat on Friday. However, the match ended in a no result as the match was called off owing to floodlight failure.
Watson hammered eight boundaries and six sixes in his knock of 100, in which the 37-year-old paced his innings at a staggering strike rate of 161.29. Indian Premier League (IPL) side Chennai Super Kings took to Twitter to heap praises on their brilliant all-rounder following Watson’s sensational ton.
“Watto Ton Watson! First ton in BBL for the big man from Down Under! #WhistlePodu #EverywhereWeGo,” wrote CSK on social media platform Twitter.
Batting first, the Sydney Thunder’s were off to an electric start after openers Anton Devcich and Watson started the innings on fire. Devcich was dismissed by Ben Cutting for 26, while Callum Ferguson (18), Daniel Sams (18), Chris Green (14*), played their parts to support Watson, who looked in scintillating touch.
Chasing the target of 187, Brisbane Heat lost their ‘Bash Brothers’ Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn off a duck and four runs respectively. However, when they were massively struggling on 10-2 in three overs, luck played a part for them and the floodlights went off due to a power cut.