This year, as the tournament enters its 13th season, we've compiled a list of 5 of the most significant events in its history, regardless of whether they were excellent, terrible, or just plain strange.
We're revealing our top moment today, and this blog allows you to relive the whole Top 5.
When the Brisbane Heat and Adelaide Strikers squared up in the Challenger of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2023–24 on On Monday, January 22 at the Carrara Oval in Queensland, Josh Brown went crazy. With 10 fours and 12 sixes, Brown amassed 140 runs off 57 balls.
Brown hit his ninth six to bring up his century. Following his hit, the Heat scored a massive 214 for 7 in the game, determining the winner for both teams.
With 41 balls, Brown achieved the second-fastest century in BBL history. Glenn Maxwell of the Melbourne Stars scored a century off 41 balls against the Hobart Hurricanes at the storied MCG last year.
Brisbane Heat won their second BBL championship in team history after crushing Sydney Sixers by 54 runs in the Final. The Heat easily defeated the Moises Henriques-led team because they were outstanding in every area. With the victory, the team has finished its 11-year quest for the elusive championship and is now in multiple winners club alongside the runners-up, Sydney Sixers, and Perth Scorchers.
The Brisbane Heat have been by far the best bowling team this edition, and they showed no signs of slowing down. They stunned the home crowd by dismissing the extremely dangerous Daniel Hughes in the first over, and the Sixers were unable to rally after that. Man of the match Spencer Johnson took four wickets, and the remaining wickets came from other bowlers, as the Heat defeated the home team by 54 runs.
With the Stars unbelievably defeating the Renegades in the match's final delivery, the second Melbourne derby of BBL|04 has maybe produced the most dramatic match ending in the KFC T20 Big Bash League's four seasons.
The Stars looked to be coasting following an incredible 120-run partnership between Glenn Maxwell and Kevin Pietersen, but they unexpectedly lost 4-9 in their chase for 154, including run-outs from the third and second-to-last balls of the game, before the match ended amazingly.
Tom Triffitt drove to Callum Ferguson at short mid-on, who dove and flicked the ball back toward the stumps. They needed one from the final ball to win, and to salvage their season.
It's debatable if the ball actually struck the stumps because bowler Nathan Rimmington's forearm struck them, causing the bails to be removed.
Following a torturous wait, Triffitt was declared not out by the third umpire, giving the Stars the victory and virtually ending the Renegades' season.
With 10 wickets remaining and a need of 53 runs from 43 balls, the Melbourne Stars could have been forgiven for popping the bubbly as their first Big Bash League championship beckoned.
What happened at Marvel Stadium during the following thirty minutes served as a poignant reminder that in sports, a chicken is not tallied until it hatches.
By the end, the people cruising were the Renegades. Not many of the over 40,000 spectators at Marvel Stadium would have seen a more incredible half-hour of live athletics.
Maxwell won the bat flip and chose to bowl. Captain Aaron Finch of the Renegades stated he would have batted regardless. Either way, his first officer backed down.
Finally, Christian and Tom Cooper had to work their way through the better part of a half-inning. The duo engaged in a lot of nurdling before eventually raising the stakes and taking their team to 5-145, a score that had been reachable at this location for the majority of the season because they didn't have enough wickets to take many chances, but never in this manner.
In front of a loud, energetic, and fiercely devoted crowd of 46,389, Strikers batsman Travis Head delivered everything they could have asked for with a blitz so spectacular that his team won handily even though they needed 51 runs in the final three overs. He scored all of those runs on his own, along with the final five he needed to complete with 101 off 53 balls.
A massive game of cricket took centre stage as the excitement around New Year's Eve, which included an early fireworks display, subsided. A young hometown hero stood tall in a thrilling conclusion, and the good guys emerged victorious, at least in the eyes of the fans, despite a fantastic display of high farce that included creative overthrows, faulty drops, attempted mankads, mysterious injuries, and lots of arguing.
Let's get Travis Head started. It had taken him nineteen balls to reach the fence, but he was on the move after he had biffed Botha and Bird for sixes. With Head needing 45 off 38 and Strikers still needing 51 runs, Sean Abbott was scheduled to bowl the eighteenth over. Abbott was dismissed by Head for four runs to long-on, six runs to deep midwicket, four runs behind point, and two massive legside sixes. Despite Doug Bollinger bowling an excellent 19th over, Head managed to smash a vicious six-over extra cover in addition to five other misplaced runs. Amazingly, Abbott was left to bowl the last set with the Strikers needing to win by 13.
Head was 17 runs shy of his first T20 century and no Adelaide Strikers batsman had ever hit a BBL century. A half-volley on leg stump was the initial play. Six. slower bouncer for balls. 6. Another short one. smacked on the face. The sixth century. Chaos everywhere.