Thursday 22 February 2018 / 06:58 AM

Jake Lehmann smashes match-winning BBL six

Did we just witness the start of Australian cricket’s next great family dynasty?

Jake Lehmann, son of former Australian star and current national coach Darren, crushed a clutch six off the final ball to give Adelaide Strikers a six-wicket win over Hobart Hurricanes in a Big Bash thriller.

Making the match-winning strike even more remarkable was the fact it was the first ball the 23-year-old had faced in the BBL, but Lehmann held his nerve with the Strikers needing four to win after Simon Milenko dismissed Alex Ross on the second-last ball of the match.

Lehmann lofted Milenko over the mid-off boundary to carry the Strikers past the Hurricanes’ total of 143 – securing a home final for the Adelaide outfit in the process.

It was just Lehmann’s third BBL outing, but he has already displayed top form in other forms of the game. In four Sheffield Shield matches for Adelaide, he has plundered a double-century and two fifties, while he has notched a half-century in eight Matador One-Day Cup games for his state.

While talk of a father-son international duo is premature, ‘Boof’ was certainly one chuffed dad after his lad’s heroics.

[YouTube – Alpha27eta]

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