Davies, Sangha fire Thunder to big BBL win

Oliver Davies bludgeoned five sixes in five balls as the Sydney Thunder’ chalked up the second biggest Big Bash win in history with a 129-run pummelling of the Melbourne Renegades.

Davies racked up 48 from just 23 balls in the Thunder’s club record total of 8-209, before Tanveer Sangha’s 4-14 helped have the Renegades all out for 80 in 12.2 overs.

It continued a horror run for the Renegades, who now have the worst two losses in the competition’s history in the space of two weeks after being flogged by 145 runs by the Sydney Sixers.

But while the Renegades are struggling with three straight losses, the Thunder’s next generation of stars were brilliant in their third straight win.

In just his second BBL match, Davies took Mohammad Nabi to the cleaners with four straight sixes before sending Will Sutherland over deep square leg for another the next ball he faced.

Sutherland took his stumps from the ball after that with a good yorker, but by then Davies had racked up 48 from just 23 balls.

Three nights after hitting a match-turning 36 from 21 on debut, 20-year-old Davies three times hit Nabi over mid-wicket with two of the sixes powerful sweep shots.

The other against the offspinner was the most impressive, taking a maximum over long-off.

Rookie Sanga then claimed the key scalp of Aaron Finch caught at cover for 20 to rip the heart out of Renegades’ chase.

He also had Rilee Russow caught and bowled before removing Nabi and Peter Hatzoglou to finish the match.

Davies was meanwhile one of several Thunder batsmen to take it to the spinners, as the Sydney team put the ball into the Manuka Oval crowd 12 times.

Usman Khawaja and Alex Hales took 50 runs off the opening four-over power play, dispatching Imad Wasim (0-35) and Hatzoglou (2-38) early.

But both eventually fell to spinners, with Khawaja caught in the deep off Nabi (1-35) for 34 from 18 and Hales bowled by Hatzoglou on 35 from 21.

Nathan McAndrew’s 20 from the final over then helped the Thunder past their previous record mark of 1-208, condemning the Renegades to a third straight loss.

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