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Power Surge success key to Thunder’s revival

When the Sydney Thunder were bowled out for 15 in their second match of KFC BBL|12, the Adelaide Strikers took all 10 wickets in 5.5 overs.  

The Thunder barely made it out of the Powerplay and didn’t get close to being able to use their two-over Power Surge.  

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But it’s been the Thunder’s dominance in the Surge that has since sparked their revival with the team in lime green having won four games on the bounce to sit in third spot in the Big Bash standings.  

The Power Surge is effectively a floating Powerplay.

At any stage after the 10-over point of the innings, the batting side can elect to take their Power Surge, meaning the fielding side can only have a maximum of two fielders outside the inner circle.  

Now that we’re just over halfway through the BBL season, we thought we’d see which teams are making the most of the fielding restrictions and which teams are really struggling.  

Numbers provided by Opta show the Thunder and the second-placed Perth Scorchers are the standout teams in the competition with both bat and ball once the field is brought up.   


From 11-and-a-half Surge overs, the Scorchers boast an incredible run rate of 14.70, more than two runs an over higher than the next best, Sydney Thunder (12.40). 

It’s been Aaron Hardie (45 runs from 16 balls), Josh Inglis (51 runs from 21) and Ashton Turner (22 runs from 12) who have done the damage in orange during this period.

The Thunder’s strong numbers are on the back of Alex Ross (46 runs from 16), Alex Hales (22 runs from 11) and Ollie Davies (45 runs from 26). 

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On average, the both the Scorchers and the Thunder take their Power Surge ahead of the 15th over. 

Interestingly, the first-placed Sydney Sixers have the competition’s worst Surge run rate, at just 8.36 runs per over.

This is despite the destructive Dan Christian’s performances (31 runs from 12 balls) as none of the other Sixers’ batters have a strike rate above 130 in the Surge. 

The Hurricanes meanwhile haven’t quite got the formula right, losing 14 wickets in 14 Surge overs, comfortably the most of any team.

This is a worrying trend for the Hurricanes dating back to the Power Surge’s introduction in BBL|10 – no team comes close to their 49 wickets lost in Surges (the Strikers’ 36 is the next most). 

Power Surge Team Batting

Perth Scorchers – 169 runs, five wickets lost, RPO: 14.70

Sydney Thunder – 157 runs, two wickets lost, RPO: 12.40

Brisbane Heat – 152 runs, six wickets lost, RPO: 11.69

Melbourne Renegades – 166 runs, nine wickets lost, RPO: 10.38

Hobart Hurricanes – 134 runs, 14 wickets lost, RPO: 10.18

Adelaide Strikers – 139 runs, five wickets lost, RPO: 9.93

Melbourne Stars – 157 runs, five wickets lost, RPO: 9.81

Sydney Sixers – 117 runs, seven wickets lost, RPO: 8.36

Power Surge Individual Batting (minimum 10 balls faced)

Marcus Stoinis (Melbourne Stars) – 53 runs from 16 balls, SR: 331.25

Alex Ross (Sydney Thunder) – 46 runs from 16 balls, SR: 287.50

Aaron Hardie (Perth Scorchers) – 45 runs from 16 balls, SR: 281.25

Jimmy Peirson (Brisbane Heat) – 63 runs from 24 balls, SR: 262.50

Daniel Christian (Sydney Sixers) – 31 runs from 12 balls, SR: 258.33


When analysing the bowling stats, the Sydney Thunder instantly stand out as the dominant side. 

They are the only team in BBL|12 to concede fewer than eight runs per over during the Power Surge and are the only team to capture more than 10 wickets at this stage of the competition. 

The Thunder have relied purely on pace, entrusting their Surge overs to Fazalhaq Farooqi (economy rate of 4.75), Brendan Doggett (8.50), Daniel Sams (8.60) and Nathan McAndrew (10.40). 

Unsurprisingly, with bowlers of the quality of Jhye Richardson (Surge economy rate of 6.60) and Andrew Tye (9.00) the Scorchers also ranked very highly with the ball. 

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Just like their struggles with the bat, the Sixers are also the worst Power Surge team with the ball. 

They’ve tried six different bowlers in this period and Chris Jordan’s economy rate of 11.33 is the best of the lot. 

But the Sixers are proving success in the Surge isn’t everything as they sit on top of the standings with five wins from nine matches. 

See the full standings at the bottom of the article.

Power Surge Team Bowling

Sydney Thunder – 11 wickets taken, Econ: 7.62

Perth Scorchers – eight wickets taken, Econ: 8.46

Melbourne Stars – six wickets taken, Econ: 9.29

Hobart Hurricanes – four wickets taken, Econ: 9.62

Adelaide Strikers – five wickets taken, Econ: 10.18

Melbourne Renegades – nine wickets taken, Econ: 10.58

Brisbane Heat – three wickets taken, Econ: 13.34

Sydney Sixers – six wickets taken, Econ: 14.19

Purge Surge Individual Bowling (minimum five overs bowled)

Jhye Richardson (Perth Scorchers) – 6.4 overs, five wickets taken, Econ: 6.60

Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) – 6.0 overs bowled, two wickets taken, Econ: 7.33

Daniel Sams (Sydney Thunder) – 5.0 overs bowled, four wickets taken, Econ: 8.60

Andrew Tye (Perth Scorchers) – 5.0 overs bowled, three wickets taken, Econ: 9.00

Trent Boult (Melbourne Stars) – 6.0 overs bowled, three wickets taken, Econ: 9.33

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