Sydney Sixers batsman Nick Larkin made his long-awaited BBL debut tonight against the Brisbane Heat at the SCG.
THE HOME GROUND: Read about how Larkin performed on the Sixers’ website.
Coming in at first drop, Larkin smashed three boundaries in his 15 after sending West Indian international Samuel Badree to the fence to get off the mark.
“It was absolutely exhilarating to be honest,” said Larkin of his debut.
“It was pretty nerve racking in the field, but once you get in to it and a few balls come your way it’s another game of cricket, just a little bit more on the line.”
Larkin shared a 33-run partnership with Sixers opener Michael Lumb (47), a stand that the 25-year-old labelled as nothing short of “fantastic”.
“Lumby was really calming for me on debut. He just said go about your business the way you do, call loud – because the crowd was cheering hard, and that was about it.”
The dashing right-hander is determined to finish BBL|05 on a high with the injury-riddled Sixers outfit next Saturday against cross-town rivals the Thunder.
“It’s obviously been a tough season. When you have three or four of your best players go down with injury or out with international duties it’s always difficult.
“I think it’s just a pride thing. The Sixers love to beat the Thunder, and the Thunder won the first game of the season, so it’s about coming out and showing the fans why they should turn up every week and watch us play.”
The Sixers are expecting a sold-out crowd next weekend at the SCG, and Larkin is excited by the prospect of playing in front of a massive magenta crowd.
“Tonight was amazing, the most I’ve played in [front of] before tonight would have been about a thousand people. To go up another ten thousand (on tonight’s crowd) would be incredible.
“I’d love to be a part of it but I also hope that our best players can come back from injury and we can put the Thunder to the sword.”