Published: 19th March, 2020
Surrey’s 2020 Vitality Blast overseas D’Arcy Short played another exciting Big Bash campaign but which was his best match?
After 43 matches in the competition for Hobart Hurricanes, powerful left hander Short now has 1764 Big Bash runs to his name.
357 of those came from just nine performances this year with an excellent average of 44.62 as his Hurricanes lost to Sydney Thunder in the eliminator.
Here we’ll take a look at each of Short’s showings to see what it is he could bring to Surrey in the Vitality Blast. Tickets for this summer’s Vitality Blast are still available at early-bird prices!
Sydney Sixers (20th December)
A half-century to start the competition – against the eventual champions no less. Short hit 51 from 40 balls with five fours and one six as the rest of his side struggled against an attack including our own Tom Curran.
It turned out he was the only one on either side to get a grip of the pitch as Sixers laboured to 104 all out.
Melbourne Stars (22nd December)
Just the nine for Short in this one but his teammates couldn’t cover for him as they fell well short of the 164 needed for victory against a team largely led with the bat by Nic Maddinson and Marcus Stoinis.
Melbourne Renegades (24th December)
Outscoring Aaron Finch is something we all hope Short can do this year, as one Aussie big hitter replaces another at the top of our order.
That’s exactly what he did here. After Finch’s 50 led Renegades to 147, Short hit 60 from 45 balls with seven fours and one six to take his side over the line.
Melbourne Stars (30th December)
A match largely blemished by the rain didn’t really include Short from the off as our man went for a three-ball duck. Stars chased down the D/L total required after an evening of confusion.
Brisbane Heat (3rd January)
25 with the bat and a first wicket of the tournament with his wrist spin, Short contributed to the team effort but ultimately Heat won out runners. Our man’s wicket saw him dismiss Max Bryant, in full flow on 65 at the time, before he made a start with the bat without capitalising.
Perth Scorchers (5th January)
The daddy game for Short! 103 runs not out. 70 balls. Three fours. Seven sixes. This is exactly what he’s capable of and what all Surrey fans will be hoping to see when they flood into The Kia Oval this summer.
Catches to remove Chris Jordan and Ashton Agar topped off his perfect day as Hurricanes sealed the win.
Sydney Thunder (24th January)
After a break of three and a half weeks, Short became a strike bowler rather than batsman for his team. After a second-ball duck, no-one could have predicted Short would still go on to earn the Man of the Match award.
Five wickets for 21 runs from your four overs will do that though. Alex Hales, Alex Ross, Chris Morris, Jay Lenton and Arjun Nair all fell victim to our man. Well worth a watch!
Adelaide Strikers (26th January)
Back at it with the bat! Short shared an opening partnership with fellow lefty Matthew Wade of 203 before he had to go for 72 from 55 balls. That knock included four fours and four sixes on a rare occasion where Short was the support act for his partner.
Sydney Thunder – Eliminator (30th January)
A thrilling Hobart campaign came to an end here but Short was still able to put on a decent 37 from 24 balls. Five fours and one six saw him complete his campaign with 42 boundaries to his name in nine innings.