The new ‘bat toss’ didn’t quite go to plan in yesterday’s Big Bash League match between the Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers.
Having scrapped the traditional coin toss before matches in the BBL this year, Scorchers captain Ashton Turner flipped the bat to see who would bat or bowl first, however, a rather peculiar moment occurred as the bat hit the floor.
The bat seemed to play tricks with the players as it landed on its side meaning the toss couldn’t be completed and Turner jokingly turned it over to claim it had landed on his side.
It was quite a remarkable start for the newly replaced ‘coin toss’ as its debut in the Big Bash League didn’t disappoint to entertain.
The ‘coin toss’ had been in the practice of cricket for 141 years dating back to 1877.
Cricket fans will begin to wonder whether this could be a common thing when seeing the new ‘bat toss’ as it turns onto its side, not giving the players an overall decision on how the game will be played.
Instead of the traditional ‘heads’ or ‘tails’, it is now being called either ‘hills’ or ‘flats’.
The ‘bat toss’ is more commonly used in backyard cricket although the bat used in the Big Bash League is scientifically weighted so that it is 50-50, like two sides of a coin.
Regardless, the Scorchers cruised to a seven-wicket win over the Adelaide Strikers with two overs remaining at Optus Stadium.
The Scorchers were very impressive in front of a crowd of 40,646 fans as they witnessed the hosts finally win after two opening losses in this year’s Big Bash League.
The BBL’s most successful side were able to out-bowl the Strikers with starring roles from Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, as they took five of the first seven wickets as the defending champs crumbled to 88 all out.
The smallness of the score meant the Scorchers didn’t have to take many risks to eliminate their two biggest threats in Billy Stanlake and Rashid Khan. A 57-run third-wicket stand between William Bosisto and Ashton Turner took the home side to the doorstep of victory.