BBL: The 12th edition of the Big Bash League will begin after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. The BBL 2022-23 season will begin on Tuesday, December 13 with a match between Sydney Thunder and Melbourne Stars. A total of 61 games will take place in the tournament, including five knockout games. Perth Scorchers will defend their title this season.
In the previous 11 seasons, we have seen many incredible performances in the history of the BBL. And the coming season will bring more such performances. But speaking of these records, one record that stands out is the highest opening partnership in the BBL. An opening 100-run partnership can set the game, but what if this stand can go on for a long time? So let’s check out the list of highest partnerships for the opening wickets in the BBL.
5. Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald (171 runs) vs Hobart Hurricanes in 2018
The pair of Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald from the Adelaide Strikers come in fifth place. They had a big opening stand in the 2018 season against the Hobart Hurricanes. After batting first, these two added 171 runs in 17.4 overs to help their team reach 187/4 in 20 overs. Weatherald got out after scoring 65 runs, while Carey scored a century and made 100 off 56 balls. In reply, Hobart also batted well but fell short by 11 runs and made 176/4.
4. Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger (171* runs) vs Melbourne Renegades in 2015
The fourth highest opening partnership in the BBL is under the names of Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger, which came while chasing for Perth Scorchers in 2015 against Melbourne Renegades. Batting first, Melbourne did a good job and made 170/4 in their 20 overs, with skipper Aaron Finch (72) being the top scorer. It looked like a solid total. But the pair of Marsh and Klinger had some other plans. Both batsmen went on to chase the target in 18.4 overs and made 171 runs without losing any wickets. Marsh was unbeaten on 76*, while Klinger was on 90*. As a result, they had the fourth highest opening BBL stand and the highest in the second innings.
3. Rob Quiney and Luke Wright (172 runs) vs Hobart Hurricanes in 2012
The third highest opening stand is registered between Rob Quiney and Luke Wright for Melbourne Stars. It came against the Hobart Hurricanes in the 2012 season. Batting first, both batters carried on for 16.4 overs and made 172 runs, which remained the highest till 2020. Quiney made 62 runs off 50, and Wright scored an incredible century. He made 117 off 60 balls. Melbourne scored 203/3 in their 20 overs. In reply, Hobart only managed 184/9 and lost the match by 19 runs.
2. Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short (203 runs) vs Adelaide Strikers in 2020
The pair of Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short is second on the list, which is for the Hobart Hurricanes. There have been only two 200+ run partnerships in BBL history and this was the second. It came against the Adelaide Strikers in 2020. Batting first, these two openers went after the bowlers and played till the 18.2 over. They added a massive stand of 203 runs. Short made 72 runs, while Wade remained unbeaten on 130* off 61 balls with 11 fours and 7 sixes. Hobart made 217/1 and, in reply, Adelaide scored 207/8. Hobart won that game by 10 runs.
1. Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright (207 runs) vs Sydney Sixes in 2020 (Highest in BBL)
The highest ever partnership in the BBL is with the pair of Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright, which came for the Melbourne Stars. It was the 34th game of the 2020 season against Sydney Sixes. Batting first, these two batters went on to play till the 20th over. They added a huge stand of 207 runs for the first wicket in 19.1 overs. Cartwright got out at 59 runs, while Stoinis was not out on 147* off 79, with 13 fours and 8 sixes. Melbourne made a big total of 219/1 and Sydney could only manage 175/7 and lost the match by 44 runs.
BBL Highest Opening Partnership
|Marcus Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright||207||Stars||Sixers||Melbourne||12 Jan 2020|
|Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short||203||Hurricanes||Strikers||Adelaide||26 Jan 2020|
|Rob Quiney and Luke Wright||172||Stars||Hurricanes||Hobart||9 Jan 2012|
|Shaun Marsh and Michael Klinger||171*||Scorchers||Renegades||Melbourne (Docklands)||30 Dec 2015|
|Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald||171||Strikers||Hurricanes||Adelaide||17 Jan 2018|
|Michael Hussey and Jacques Kallis||160||Thunder||Heat||Sydney||21 Dec 2014|
|Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short||158*||Hurricanes||Strikers||Adelaide||21 Jan 2019|
|Max Bryant and Ben Cutting||158*||Heat||Stars||Brisbane||8 Feb 2019|
|Matthew Wade and D’Arcy Short||145||Hurricanes||Sixers||Melbourne||24 Jan 2021|
|Alex Carey and Mathew Short||145||Strikers||Hurricanes||Melbourne||21 Jan 2022|