By guest blogger, Captain Pete
A cult hero is someone who both home and opposition supporters hold a degree of affection for. They usually bring something different to the table (remember Colin “Funky” Miller). Or they give the everyday fan hope that they too could make the grade (I present the physical specimen that was Merv Hughes).
Sometimes it’s just because they are just so good (Dennis Lillee was cricket’s first rock star and cult hero for life). In the serious business that is international cricket the cult hero has almost disappeared. Not so in the Big Bash League.
Every team seems to have one or more cult heroes. Think Brad Hogg, Rashid Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn and Mitchell Johnson for starters.
Hobart Hurricanes have a bona fide cult hero in Clive Rose.
Clive would not look out of place in a management meeting at the Australian Taxation Office and gives everyone hope that they too could play cricket for a living. He’s a spinner by trade and called on to bowl during the powerplays when the batsmen are ruthless. The bespectacled Clive standing up to the might of Brendon McCullum seems unfair but time and again Clive gets his man.
His infamy has spread so far that spectators recently adorned “Clive for PM” t-shirts at Bellerive.
On 8 January 2018, the Hurricanes with its cult hero on board, took on the Sydney Sixers.
Sydney Sixers don’t have a true-blue cult hero yet. They come close with Jordan Silk whose standout feature is a neck as long as Mr Squiggel’s.
The Hurricanes batted first and in an innings where a number of batsmen got a start, reached a total of 170. With the short boundaries of Bellerive the Sixers would have thought that was very gettable.
Enter Clive the Cult Hero. In his first over he dismissed Jason Roy with an act of wizardry that might well have come from Chapter 5 of the Taxation Act. Clive finished with 1-22 off 3 overs and played a key role in the Sixers being behind the required run rate.
It came down to the last over and with Sam Billings on strike and the Sixers needing three sixes off the last three balls, he hit two in a row onto the hill. Alas for the Sixers his effort to hit the last ball for six failed and the Hurricanes won by 5 runs.
If he had hit that six, Billings might have almost been elevated to cult hero too. But in reality, one innings does not a cult hero make.
Meanwhile Clive celebrated the win and signed many autographs for young fans. His cult hero status continues to grow. The Sixers will lament the fact that they do not have one and therein lies the tale of the tape.
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. Here’s his post from last year – Big Bash League – Applied Maths.
Follow him on Twitter – @TheBigChairMan
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