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Sams bowls into record books

28 January 2020

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Coach Shane Bond full of praise for left-arm quick

Daniel Sams' brilliant form throughout BBL|09 has seen him break the record for the most wickets taken in a season.

The left-arm quick has now taken 25 wickets in 14 games (at an average of 14.80 and an economy of 7.82), overtaking Kane Richardson’s record of 24 wickets.

His best figures of 4/34 came against the Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena, who Thunder are set to face off against in an elimination final on Thursday.

Thunder coach and former New Zealand quick Shane Bond was full of praise for the 27-year-old, who is on track to finish as the club’s leading wicket-taker for the second year in a row since crossing from the Sydney Sixers.

“He’s putting in a lot of hard work and doing a lot of work off the field in terms of scouting analysis of batters,” Bond said.

“We’ve got a really simple game plan that he’s going out and executing. For us, it’s not about guys trying to get wickets, we’re just trying to bowl in the spots that we want, and we believe the wickets will come from that and that’s what’s happened with Dan.

“It’s a good lesson for our other boys that you don’t have to chase wickets. If you just create pressure, bowl to your strengths and are accurate, the wickets will come, and he’s broken the record by doing that.

“He’s obviously a key part of our team and everyone was delighted for him that he got that record. 25 wickets in 14 games is pretty amazing.”

Thunder’s season continues on Thursday night when they take on the Hobart Hurricanes in an elimination final at Blundstone Arena. The 7:40pm fixture will be broadcast on Fox Cricket and Channel 7.