Big Bash League – Applied Maths

Amongst fanatics, Hobart’s Bellerive Oval is considered the most beautiful of cricket grounds in the world. Its stunning views look across the River Derwent into Hobart city and beyond to Mount Wellington.

Australian cricket’s Big Bash is played at Bellerive when its Hobart’s turn each year.

If you’re not familiar, there are eight teams across six states who play eight games each and then the top four play the finals.  The teams are based in each capital city.  They play 20 over games called T20.  This is the sixth season of the men’s competition and the second season for the women’s.

Loads of families love a day or evening at the cricket. The Two Girls not so much, so we asked Captain Pete what he thought of last night’s match between the Hobart Hurricanes and the Perth Scorchers.


Big Bash League – Applied Maths 

By guest blogger, Captain Pete

What a contrast? An overcast day at Bellerive and the hottest ticket in town.  The anticipation was high for the Hurricanes do or die clash against the perennial finalists, the Perth Scorchers.

Pre-game the talk was about how many runs the Hurricanes needed to make the finals. More theorems were proposed than Pythagorus created in a lifetime. While the mathematicians were giving the abacus a work out on the the run rates, the crowd was looking forward to a thrilling game of T20.  And the day started well for the home fans.

The Lady Canes showed the boys how it’s done after winning with one ball to spare.  The double header is a great concept as it not only provides double the entertainment but exposes the WBBL to a bigger audience.

Unfortunately for the men, the loss of early wickets dealt a fatal blow to the Hurricanes’ chances. Not even some late innings hitting from cult hero Clive Rose (who would pass as a mathematician) could get them to a competitive total.


The big interest during the Scorchers innings was whether they would get the runs within 15.3 overs to guarantee a home final.  They duly did so on the back of a 50 from Shaun Marsh and lusty hitting from Adam Voges.

While the day ended badly for the home side it did bring some joy to one group of much maligned people. Yes the winners on the day were the mathematicians who had millions hanging on every calculation.  This just goes to show what a broad audience the Big Bash League engages with and how the most unlikely people can become sporting heroes.

About Captain Pete:

Captain Pete is married with three children.  He enjoys a range of sports sometimes to excess.  A tragic Carlton supporter his ambition is to see them win another premiership in his lifetime.  He lives in Hobart and specialises in finding the best pub food.

Follow him on Twitter – @TheBigChairMan

More on the Hobart Hurricanes here.

More on the Big Bash here.

A post on something that isn’t cricket – Hobart’s newest Italian bistro – Fico.

Want something to eat at Bellerive Oval – try Plumb.

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