Live Streaming: KFC Big Bash League T20 2013 Final Live Streaming
RODNEY Dangerfield famously went to a fight and a game of ice hockey broke out. Similarly in Perth on Wednesday night, a marketing and television property was wheeled into place and a cricket match veritably erupted - certainly the best in the Big Bash League's two seasons.
It wasn't subtle. It wasn't nuanced. Many mistakes were made, with crushing consequences. There was James Faulkner, who bottled last season's Ryobi Cup final, doing so again. There was Alex Keath, as green as his uniform, bowling. There was Shane Warne, hero of a thousand fights, not bowling.
But, as a tweet from Alistair McDermott put it later, it was "a serious game of cricket" - an excellent choice of words.
Did it make the BBL a success? Not really: too much of it is still dross. But it exhibited a potential that perhaps not even the BBL's promoters have grasped, so much of the tournament's epiphenomena being devoted to distracting the audience from the labour of watching an actual game.
For one obvious thing, the match meant a bit. It was a semi-final. Victory translated into a place in the Champions League which might be a pile of junk as a tournament, but with $13 million in prizemoney is a pile of junk in an upscale neighbourhood.