Teenage Jake Fraser McGurk has been hailed as the next Glenn Maxwell and put on his own big show with a catch for the ages at Marvel Stadium on Tuesday night.
The 19-year-old couldn’t get it done with the bat for the Melbourne Renegades earlier in the night but put his hand up, literally, in the field with a boundary-line catch that had to be seen to be believed.
With the number 23 made famous by basketballing legend Michael Jordan on his red jersey, Fraser- McGurk took a one-step jump then thrust his right arm skywards to latch on to a slog sweep from Adelaide Strikers batsman Jake Weatherald than left the commentators in awe.
“That’s one of the best outfield catches you will ever see,” former Test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, who took a few classics of his own, told Fox Cricket.
“Everything has to go right, the timing, he takes off of one leg, look at that, takes off his left leg, perfect timing, takes it behind him.
“Doesn’t get much better than that.”
He was hoping it would be a momentum changing moment for his team too which had limped to 9-153 after a staggering batting collapse in the final three overs. The Renegades lost 6-11 in the space of just over three overs and the Strikers reached 2-80 after 10 overs in their chase.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) December 7, 2021
What a cracker of a catch by @jakefm23#JakeFraserMcGurk with some SERIOUS hang-time to boot son , well done ! 🖐👏! @RenegadesBBL v @StrikersBBL#T20#cricket@FoxCricket#RENvSTR 🏏 pic.twitter.com/qPJ0I81dZ3
— Franco Lyners (@Zuffenhauzzen) December 7, 2021
The last three overs are supposed to be go-time for the team batting first but was a complete disaster for the Renegades.
Daniel Worrall took two wickets in the 18th over to spark the ultimate collapse for the home team.
The Renegades lost 2-2, which turned in to 4-4 when Siddle snared two more wickets in the next over and finally 6-11 as what loomed as a decent score limped to 9-153.
Finch, who had knee surgery in August said he was “paying the toll” for carrying it through Australia’s T20 World Cup win.
He was ruled out before the game and couldn’t confirm he would be available for the Gades next match on December 13.
“It‘s a day-by-day thing,“ he told Fox Cricket during the broadcast.
“It‘s something that keeps niggling, I had surgery not long before the (T20) World Cup and really pushed it to be available for that and I’m probably paying the toll for it a little bit now.”
LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Without Travis Head and Alex Carey, Matt Short was given the chance to open the batting for the Strikers and showed all his power.
Having taking a stunning, leaping catch to dismiss Sam Harper while bowling, Short dispatched two massive sixes in to the Marvel Stadium stands, both landing in the upper decks.
Short was dropped by James Pattinson going for another big one on the last over of the powerplay, but out for a quickfire 28 the next over.
Plucked from the sky! Matt Short using all that height to his advantage.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 7, 2021
Adelaide import George Garton only met his new teammates on Monday, having been stuck in Melbourne after arriving from England and with Adelaide closing its borders.
Garton, a left-arm bowler who also averaged 75 in the Vitality Blast T20 competition in the UK and has a link to Adelaide coach Jason Gillespie through county side Sussex.
The absence of Finch at the top of the Renegades order could last a little longer in to the tournament but early indications are the depth is there to cover the former skipper runs wise.
Out to make a statement Mackenzie Harvey (56) Sam Harper (33) and powered away early, getting their side to away with a 65-run opening partnership before it was broken in the ninth over.
Harper was the Renegades leading run-scorer last season with 351 while Harvey has been the hot man in his team’s pre-season matches.