When it comes to intensity and entertainment, Australia’s very own Big Bash League stands second to none. Ever since its inauguration in 2011, the electrifying T20 league has produced some exhilarating moments that define the sport. From solo performances with the willow to insane catches taken at the boundary rope, the BBL has undoubtedly set the standards of the game, very high.
However, in an encounter between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes in the ongoing season of the T20 tournament, we came across a rather bizarre incident.
In an over that turned out be a nightmare for the Hurricanes, Australian fast bowler Riley Meredith gave away 17 runs off just 1 delivery. And we are not even kidding.
The Hurricanes, who were looking for some early wickets handed the very first over to Meredith after putting on a staggering total of 183 runs on board. While the 22-year-old conceded just three runs off the first three deliveries, he lost his composure totally from the fourth.
Bowling a overstep no ball on the fourth, he came back with a wide on the 5th which slipped past the wicketkeeper for a four. On the 6th, Meredith overstepped again was smashed for a boundary and suffered the exact same fate on the next. He finally bowled a legal one after four attempts and gave away a run.
His first over figures looked like: 0, 0, 1, 1nb, 5wd, 5nb, 5nb, 1, 4lb. He ended the over with a total of 23 runs given away.
Here is the video:
17 runs… FROM ONE BALL 😳
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) February 7, 2019
And of course, Twitter took the responsibility of roasting the bowler and nailed it to perfection.
Riley Meredith what a night he's had #BBL08
— Mayur (@mayurdeepz) February 7, 2019
— Justin Devine (@jdevine1974) February 7, 2019
— Joshua Peck (@JoshPeck_92) February 7, 2019
Riley Meredith having a mare tonight. #BBL08
— Tim Ratten (@Trats1999) February 7, 2019
That opening over from Riley Meredith is one of the worst I've ever seen in any form of cricket, Could've been even worse if the umpire didn't get the call wrong on the last delivery #BBL08
— Robert Hughes (@rhugh89) February 7, 2019
Shane Warne: Riley Meredith needs to play for Australia immediately! #BBL08
— Bo Nicholson (@BoNicholson88) February 7, 2019
Riley Meredith what’s going on bro? 😂#HHvMLR
— Prajakta Bhawsar (@ViratsFangirl18) February 7, 2019
I don’t think Riley Meredith is a bad bowler I think it was just a terrible over, every bowler has a terrible over sometime in their season #foxcricket
— Jake Glasson (@GlassonJake) February 7, 2019
I hope warnie isn't watching this, he's gonna fall out of love with Riley Meredith #BBL08
— Laura (@zoidberg_cool) February 7, 2019
Worthy of the #hebowlstripe award nomination for Riley Meredith
— Stephen Smith (@sjsmith2000) February 7, 2019
Not sure which over was worse. Alex Keath's on debut in the BBL for the Melbourne Stars back in 2013, or that effort from Riley Meredith. #BBL08
— Matt Balmer (@MattBalmer7) February 7, 2019
Poor Riley Meredith has just bowled one of the worst overs in T20 history
— Will Unwin (@Will_Unwin) February 7, 2019
Wonder how much Riley Meredith has got on this game?? 💰
— Stu (@SR_links12) February 7, 2019
#HHvMLR Riley Meredith topper of Dinda Academy 😂
— Aniket (@imAniketPshetty) February 7, 2019
— बाबा वेलण्ठनाथ| (@velawrites_in) February 7, 2019
Riley who . Is this a kids club
— Looch (@spalliera) February 7, 2019
Never seen so rubbish bowler
— gautam saharan (@SaharanGautam) February 7, 2019
Amazing 1st over! Riley Meredith is having a nightmare! Absolute chaos! Was that just a 10 ball over? Bowling at 150kmh too. 23 off. Wow! #BBL08
— Luke Foley (@LukeAFoley) February 7, 2019
Worst opening over EVER🤣🤣🤣
— 🇦🇺❤️MFC❤️🇦🇺 (@dovdr763A) February 7, 2019
The fourth ball of Riley Meredith over need to be bowled 5 times!!! #BBL08
— Kausthub45 (@kauSTats) February 7, 2019
That’s schoolboy stuff. Poor kid will have some sleepless nights for sure!