It was a matter of a gun veteran showing the way for an exciting youngster at Manuka Oval in the BBL tonight, with Sydney Thunder debutant Oliver Davies playing second fiddle to Callum Ferguson as the men in lime powered to a final-over victory.
Ferguson joined Usman Khawaja at the crease at 1-6 in the Thunder’s pursuit of the Perth Scorchers’ 152, and the 36-year-old made the chase look easy from the moment he arrived in the middle.
The seven-wicket triumph means the Thunder have won back-to-back games to climb to fourth on the table, while the Scorchers remain winless after three outings.
Ferguson, who had already struck 54 off 35 in the Thunder’s opening match of their BBL campaign against the Melbourne Stars, tonight peeled off an array of crisp shots on both sides of the wicket.
A highlight was a pull-shot that rocketed for six over mid-wicket off the bowling of right-arm quick Aaron Hardie.
Davies took up the best seat in the house for the Ferguson masterclass when Khawaja was dismissed for 21 at 2-34, but the newcomer would enjoy an impressive knock of his own, blasting 36 from 22 deliveries.
The 20-year-old whacked Australia international Jason Behrendorff for two sixes in the 11th over, before hitting a reverse-sweep for four off the bowling of world-class leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed to close out the 12th over.
Ferguson and Davies joined forces for a partnership of 75, and once Josh Inglis stumped Davies off the bowling of Ahmed, pinch-hitting all-rounder Ben Cutting helped the skipper round out the chase with an unbeaten blitz of 29 off 16 balls.
Mitch Marsh starred in the Scorchers’ innings on his way to 52 not out from 41 balls, while Colin Munro (25), Ashton Turner (23) and Cameron Bancroft (34 not out) all made handy starts.
The Thunder are now set to face the Melbourne Renegades at Manuka Oval on Boxing Day, while the Scorchers will next meet the Adelaide Strikers at Adelaide Oval on December 28.