Sydney Sixers hand Roffey star Ben Manenti his BBL debut - and he shines in first game
Roffey cricketer Ben Manenti made an big impression on his Big Bash League debut for the Sydney Sixers.
Manenti was a big part of Roffey's incredible season in 2018 and completed a brilliant year by earning the player-of-the-match honours on debut for his match-turning spell at Marvel Stadium against the Melbourne Renegades.
After finding out only an hour before play he'd been picked in the final XI, Manenti displayed the composure of a veteran in conceding just 13 from his four overs and claiming the key wickets of the Melbourne Renegades' two top scorers - Mackenzie Harvey and Tom Cooper.
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The Sixers were only defending 132-7 and managed to restrict the Renegades to just 99-9 from their 20 overs.
Manenti scored 449 runs with two 50s and one century as Roffey won the Sussex Cricket League Premier Division. He also took 28 wickets with a best of 8-39.
Manenti is joined in the Sydney Sixers side by Englishmen Joe Denly and Tom Curran and former Cuckfield overseas star Jordan Silk.