Broad hails McDermott century as 'one of the greatest'
Ben McDermott's century in Hobart Hurricanes' record-breaking Big Bash League victory over Melbourne Renegades was "one of the greatest" in Twenty20 cricket, according to team-mate Stuart Broad.
The Renegades posted the biggest total in BBL history as they finished 222-4, but the Hurricanes surpassed the new marker in response, with Broad delivering the winning single off the final delivery to keep the Hobart side's top-four hopes alive.
But it was McDermott's 114-run knock that really did the damage, reaching that tally off 52 balls with eight fours and nine sixes before being trapped lbw by Sunil Narine.
"That was an amazing game of cricket, wasn't it? The way Benny got a hundred... it's one of the greatest T20 knocks I've ever seen," Broad told Network Ten.
"At half-time we were very disappointed with the way we bowled and fielded but we also said: 'Look, this pitch is a really good one, the outfield's quick, let's go and give it everything we've got'.
"And wow, the batsmen did an amazing job.
"The way [McDermott] struck the ball and how clean he struck it over the boundary.... what was he, 28 off 20? It shows you've still got time in T20 to get yourself in and then he just exploded.
"No real dots. A wonderful innings from such a young man.
"It's great to see the talent over here and when you play in games like that, it's what it's made for.
"Twenty20 throws up some unbelievable games and great entertainment and our emotions in the last six or seven overs there have gone up, down, up, down, so to get the win was very special."