Sydney Thunder were cut by the thunder

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Seam bowler Brendan Doggett top scored for Sydney Thunder today after hitting the only ball he faced which didn’t dismiss him for four runs. The Thunder didn’t even bat long enough for extras to outscore him.

All out for 15. Not a great effort. Bad enough, surely, to warrant use of the phrase, “cut by the thunder“.

Long-term readers may be dimly aware of this, but “cut by the thunder” was a phrase we adopted in 2014 and used a handful of times thereafter. It means to be quite spectacularly out of form.

It actually derives from Sydney Thunder themselves, back when they dropped Chris Rogers from their roster. Rogers took the decision as a pretty damning indictment of his T20 prowess being as the Thunder had at that point lost 18 matches on the trot.

“If you get cut by the Thunder, you’re probably struggling,” he observed.

We can’t help but feel that Rogers might conceivably have outscored Doggett today. In fact with a T20 average of 17.41, there’s a pretty decent chance he’d have outscored the lot of them.

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  1. Brackets, usually the preserve of the other sport, required!
    The Thunder ran up (down?) a rugby score.

  2. Important question. Following up on last week’s discussion, some commentators appear to be pronouncing the new Pakistani spinner’s name as ‘Arb-ra’ (stress on the first syllable) rather than the more underwear-based ‘A-bra’.

    Has an edict come down from the PCB that their man would rather not be referred to as a singular piece of lingerie? Or have those woke lefty snowflake tofu-eating BBC bigwigs got their knickers in a twist again?

    1. Political correctness gone mad, Sam.

      The Sky commentary is having none of that, although it has to be said that the correct pronunciation of Abrar’s name doesn’t really sound like a piece of lingerie.

      Pant’s name in truth sounds even less like underwear, with the first three letters sounding like an English northerner saying “pun” and the aspirated ‘t’ sounding like the Old & Middle English letter “thorn”… or more accurately “þorn”.

      As for “woke lefty snowflake tofu-eating BBC bigwigs”, Sam, are you sure that broadcasters other than the BBC… such as ITV News… are devoid of such types?

      1. I couldn’t possibly comment.

        Speaking of þorn, this from Vic Marks on TMS today:

        ‘I think us commentators sometimes get overexcited by Asian cracks…’

      2. Cue an appropriate gag from Carry On Up The Khyber:

        The Khasi of Kalabar : May the benevolence of the god Shivoo bring blessings on your house.
        Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond : And on yours.
        The Khasi of Kalabar : And may his wisdom bring success in all your undertakings.
        Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond : And in yours.
        The Khasi of Kalabar : And may his radiance light up your life.
        Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond : And up yours.

  3. Bazball is in full flow over at the test match. How to chase 160-odd? Easy – just get 58 from the first six overs.

    That’s the problem with these flash-in-the-pan tactics – that they seem to work consistently.

  4. I hate to criticise, because England have been incredible. But sending Ahmed in at three? There are more than two days left. Why not just play normally and win the game?

    1. Why not just play in a fun, inspiring, potentially heart-warming way and win the game?

      If we were Rehan Ahmed, we’d feel further emboldened by our captain’s faith in us after that decision.

      1. Fair point. I just think that one day, being too funky might come back and bite them in the arse, to paraphrase A.Flintoff.

      2. It might, but we’re surely due arse-biting as a result of funkiness after so much arse-biting as a result of 4/4 time dirges.

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