BBL03: Sydney Thunder finally win, ending threat to worst-ever T20 run
When it comes to losing streaks, no-one comes close to the Quetta Bears...
Last Updated: 14/01/14 3:42pm
They defeated the Melbourne Renegades on Tuesday morning by nine wickets to claim their first success since they downed the Adelaide Strikers by six wickets on 23 December 2011 at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
It brings down the curtain on a 19-match losing run - the second-longest losing streak anywhere in the world in Twenty20 cricket.
However, it is something of a mystery as to why the Thunder have gone the distance without recording a victory when you consider the calibre of player they have - and have had - in their ranks.
Whilst no player has featured in all of the 19 games, 40 players were used during that time, including the second-leading run-scorer in T20 history with 11 centuries to his name and the third leading wicket-taker with seven four-wicket hauls.
The blame cannot realistically be placed on Dirk Nannes' doorstep, who took 18 wickets at 20.16 runs each, conceding his runs at 6.56 runs per over but Chris Gayle's record of three half-centuries and a ton in 14 innings probably wasn't what the Thunder fans were hoping for.
His strike rate of 125.48 was good but when his career rate is 151.84, then he will be as disappointed as they should be.
If only they had had David Warner available more than he was. He has only played twice for the Thunder but scored 102 not out from 51 balls in their opening game against the Stars and appeared in the defeat to the Sixers in BBL3, grabbing 50 off 31 balls.
But, when you see the likes of international players like Usman Khawaja, Chris Rogers, Mark Cosgrove and West Indian Fidel Edwards, and even England keeper Matt Prior and another T20 specialist in Azhar Mahmood, then you wonder why the run lasted so long.
The inclusion of Aussie legend Michael Hussey plus the overseas imports Eoin Morgan, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Ajantha Mendis have bolstered their hopes but still the run continued ... until today!
It preserves the record of the Pakistani domestic team, the Quetta Bears, though.
Maybe it is the altitude of Pakistan's highest major city (Quetta is 5,500ft above sea level) but the Bears first set foot on a Twenty20 field on 25 April 2005.
Some 27 matches and 2,782 days later, they were still without a triumph.
The run of 27 defeats on the bounce almost came to an end on Day 2,783 - 7 December 2012.
In their final match of the Faysal Bank T-20 Cup Group A at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground, the Abbottabad Falcons set them 127 to win. Some late order hitting got them close but Nazar Hussain was run out going for the winning run and the match was tied.
In official records, that closes the 27-match streak as the result will be recorded forever more as a tie ... however, they still went on to lose the game in the Super Over!
Facing up to Pakistani and former Lancashire left-armer Junaid Khan, they scored just six runs in their over and the Falcons knocked them off in just three deliveries.
The longest losing streak by an English side is held by Middlesex.
After winning the Twenty20 Cup in 2008, they lost all three of their games in the Stanford Super Series to England, Trinidad & Tobago and the Stanford Super Stars before suffering seven straight losses at the start of the 2009 English domestic tournament.
It was a rather inauspicious start to their defence! But that run doesn't compare with the Bears or the Thunder - it's just not a record you want!