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Thunder young gun sets the BBL alight

The Big Bash League allows some of Australia’s most promising cricketers to showcase their talent on the professional stage.But rarely has a young gun settled into BBL cricket as quickly as Sydney Thunder batsman Ollie Davies.The 20-year-old Manly representative has set the T20 competition alight with a pair of explosive batting knocks in his maiden…

The Big Bash League allows some of Australia’s most promising cricketers to showcase their talent on the professional stage.

But rarely has a young gun settled into BBL cricket as quickly as Sydney Thunder batsman Ollie Davies.

The 20-year-old Manly representative has set the T20 competition alight with a pair of explosive batting knocks in his maiden season.

On Tuesday, Davies smacked 36 off 22 balls on debut for the Thunder, his innings against the Perth Scorchers at Manuka Oval featuring three colossal sixes.

He combined with skipper Callum Ferguson for a critical 75-run partnership to steer the Thunder towards the 153-run target. Incredibly, Davies was a two-year-old when Ferguson made his debut for South Australia in 2003.

“It was good fun to get out there and debut in front of a good Canberra crowd,” Davies told NewsCorp. “It was really exciting.

“I was actually a little disappointed because I didn’t think I’d done that well.

“I sort of had a look at the scoreboard at a stage when I was batting, and we needed almost 10 (runs per over) at the 10-over mark … and when I came off it was just over seven.

“I realised then that I’d put the team in a pretty good spot.

“Obviously I was a little bit disappointed to have gotten out at that stage. It would have been nice to have kept going, but I think I did a good job.”

Davies then proved he wasn’t a one-trick pony, backing up his debut with another classy performance against the Melbourne Renegades on Saturday evening.

He top-scored for the Thunder at the nation’s capital, smashing 48 off just 23 deliveries in a 129-run victory. At one stage, Davies pummelled five consecutive sixes before he was dismissed by paceman Will Sutherland.

Former Australian bowler Trent Copeland warned on Twitter: “Ollie Davies can play! Some serious hands and watch out if they bowl spin to him!”

ESPNcricinfo reporter Matt Roller tweeted: “Ollie Davies looks like a gem. Brilliant attacking intent on BBL debut, especially against spin.”

The shift from grade cricket to the Big Bash League seemingly has not fazed the long-haired prodigy, and his philosophy with the bat is straightforward.

“It’s just about playing the ball, not the bowler,” Davies said. “I think that’s a big thing for me, not to actually worry about who’s bowling the ball.

“You’ve just got to play what’s being delivered at you.”

Although he has excelled in the T20 format, cricket traditionalists will be relieved to hear Davies’ biggest goal is to represent the New South Wales Blues in the Sheffield Shield.

“I think a lot of people at the moment and coming up the ranks have seen me as a white ball player,” Davies said. “But I’ve been putting a lot of work into my red ball cricket.

“I’m hoping that I get an opportunity, if not this season, then over the coming seasons.”

After securing their third-consecutive win, the Thunder temporarily jump into top spot on the BBL ladder.

The Sydney-based club will next take on the Melbourne Stars at Manuka Oval on Tuesday evening.

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