Luke Ronchi — New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman — exhibited his power-hitting skills during the Auckland vs Wellington match in Super Smash T20 Tournament 2017 in Auckland. Playing for Wellington, Ronchi opened the innings alongside Hamish Marshall and provided a thunderous start to his innings. The opening duo made an 81-run stand in 6.3 overs before Marshall lost his wicket to Tarun Nethula. But Ronchi continued his monstrous batting with the next batsman Tom Blundell.
Meanwhile, in the 4th over, Ronchi hit Auckland bowler Matt McEwan for a such a huge six that the ball went out of the stadium and hit a car parked nearby a petrol pump. It was a short delivery from McEwan which was pulled fiercely over deep mid-wicket by Ronchi.
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The 36-year-old Kiwi cricketer ruined every bowler’s economy rate by smashing a total of 9 boundaries and 7 sixes. With an unbelievable strike rate of 221.70, Ronchi scored a brilliant hundred and ended up scoring 102 runs off 46 balls.
Despite a terrific start from the top order, the middle order failed to perform with the bat. However, the team managed to put a decent total of 206 runs after losing 7 wickets in 20 overs.
While chasing the target, Auckland had an early wicket loss. Opener Glenn Phillips got dismissed by Like Woodcock on the fifth ball of the very first over. But Mark Chapman’s 24-ball 64 and Sam Curran’s 27-ball 50 led Auckland to victory by 8 wickets.