This week see’s the finals of the Australian Big Bash League with Englishmen Luke Wright, Ravi Bopara and Dimi Mascarenhas involved in the semi-finals over the next two days before the final on Friday.
The competition had a break due to the T20 internationals but the first BBL¦03 semi-final takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow morning as the Hobart Hurricanes take on tournament favourites Melbourne Stars.
All-rounder Wright has today being announced runner up in the Player of the Tournament with Hurricanes batsman Ben Dunk edging the opening batsman by one single vote. The two power hitters will go head to head at a packed MCG in the morning, 8.45am UK time with Dunk scoring 348 runs in the eight fixture sin the group stage.
Wright has taken to his Official Facebook page in preparation for the huge game tomorrow whilst congratulation his opposite number in winning the Player of the Tournament which is voted by the umpires.
“Congrats to Ben Dunk for winning player of Big Bash League, fully deserved. Proud to have come 2nd, now fingers crossed Melbourne Stars come 1st!”
The Star actually finished in third position in the leading run scorers with 275 runs whilst hitting the most boundaries. The Sussex man helped his side to eight successive victories to set up the home semi-final and he will also go up against fellow English all-rounder Dimi Mascarenhas who has made an amazing recovery from a broken jaw to play his part in this year’s tournament.
The former England one-day player is the also the assistant coach to the Tasmanian based side and he has featured in the last two matches to help them qualify and set-up the knockout encounter at the MCG.
Meanwhile, Wednesday see’s Bopara and his Sydney Sixers side take on Perth Scorchers for a spot in Friday’s final. The 28-year-old played half of their fixtures before departing to join up with the England squad but the Sixers still managed to qualify, despite being without one of their major players.
GiveMeSport will keep you updated through the remaining three Big Bash games which will hopefully see an Englishman leave Australia with some silverware to his name.
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