D’Arcy Short has many strengths.
And he’s happy to admit that ramping isn’t one of them.
But that didn’t stop the star Hurricanes from turning to the shot in a clutch moment on Sunday night against the Perth Scorchers – with one ball left in the innings, and three runs needed for a second BBL century.
It also marked his last game for the Hurricanes for a little while, as he now jets off to India with the Australian ODI team.
“I thought they were bowling well – hitting the hole,” Short said.
“I was like, ‘I feel like the only way I’m going to try to get him off the line is to ramp.’”
“Funnily enough, I’ve only ever done it in club cricket once, so it was good to get it the second time I guess.”
Short has been stranded in the 90's on a few occasions – and felt like it was set to happen again.
His half-century came from 44 deliveries as spin duo Fawad Ahmed and Ashton Agar kept things tight, before the left-hander accelerated in the last five overs to bring up his century of just 70 balls.
“I thought it was happening again,” Short said.
“I actually didn’t even think I was getting there to start with, when Fawad and Agar were bowling.
“But it got to the last over and I definitely thought I was going to get stranded again. It was good to get there.”
It was even sweeter to bring up the three figures against a group of his state teammates.
“A little bit – it’s always good to do well against your mates and have something over them for a bit,” Short said.
“To be honest, I just like scoring runs.
“But scoring a hundred against teammates that I play with through the year is definitely special.”