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Doggett reflects on "bitter-sweet" first game

11 January 2021

Brendan Doggett celebrates with Callum Ferguson // Getty Images

Fast bowler claimed four wickets in impressive return to Thunder XI

Sydney Thunder fast bowler Brendan Doggett described his four-wicket haul against the Perth Scorchers as “bitter-sweet” after the competition leaders lost in Western Australia by 17-runs.

Doggett made an immediate impact on his first game in BBL|10 by taking the wicket of Liam Livingstone with his first ball. Besides also dismissing Jason Roy, Josh Inglis and Mitchell Marsh, Doggett’s 4-22 included 14 dot balls. His performance temporarily silenced the parochial 27,566-strong crowd at Optus Stadium.

However, the 27-year-old said the loss made it hard to celebrate his effort.

“It was nice to get some wickets on the board, it was my first game of the season, so to get one out of the way with my first ball... you couldn’t ask for it any other way,” he said. “I was really happy with my performance, it’s just a bit disappointing we couldn’t get the job done.

“It’s bitter-sweet. Even ‘Bilbo’ [England international Sam Billings] had a great knock there late in the game, which was really special. But [the result] really does take a little bit of the excitement away from it.”

Doggett, who was proud to represent his culture by wearing Sydney Thunder’s Indigenous strip against Perth, had worked hard to force his way into Thunder’s pace attack which boasts the likes of Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Nathan McAndrew, Adam Milne, and Chris Tremain. However, he’s a firm believer in the saying that it’s the entire squad – and not just 11 players – that wins tournaments.

“Not playing the first eight games, you always had that in the back of your mind,” said Doggett of the importance of being a ‘team player’. “I’ve seen it before; I still felt like I’m part of the team. I’m sure the other boys who aren’t playing feel like they’re part of the team – it definitely takes everyone to do their part to win a tournament.

“You have to make sure you’re ready to be selected, so when you get out on the park you can do your job for the boys. Every training session is crucial, and you have to treat it like a game because you never know when the opportunity to play is going to come.”

Billings’ effort to hit 83 off 48 balls emphasised why he’s so highly regarded in the white-ball game. His innings, which included eight fours and four sixes, gave Sydney Thunder some hope of winning after crashing to 4-46. He and Ben Cutting, who scored a scintillating 31 off 27 deliveries, forged a dangerous partnership.

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