Daniel Sams has put his batting talents on show in a destructive display against the Melbourne Renegades.
The all rounder found himself elevated in the batting order to number 4 making the most of the opportunity plundering his way to 98 not out eclipsing his previous best BBL score of 65 against the Brisbane Heat.
The former BKT Golden Arm has certainly sent a statement to opposition teams and will be looking to continue contributing with both bat and ball in KFC BBL11.
You can hear more of the Daniel Sams story by listening to his chat with Matt Ellis for the Cricket Library Podcast.
After being asked to bat first by Australia the Kiwis piled on the runs with Martin Guptill making; a magnificent 97 from just fifty balls for the hosts leading them to a massive 7-219 from their 20 overs.
There were some promising signs early in the run chase for the Aussies with Philippe blasting his way to 45 from just 32 balls.
Mitchell Santner then caused some headaches for the Australian middle order claiming four wickets. This brought former IPL team mates Stoinis and Sams together at the crease faced with an ominous task which they nearly pulled off.
The Sams and Stoinis show was full of entertainment with balls disappearing to all parts of the University Oval at Dunedin. A 92 run partnership off just 37 balls put the tourists in a position to pull off a miracle run chase.
James Neesham held his nerve however claiming the crucial wicket of Sams on the first ball of the twentieth over. He followed it up with the wicket of Stoinis ensuring that the home side would sneak home.
A four run win for New Zealand sees them take a 2-0 lead in the five game series.
In a chat with the Cricket Library Podcast last year, Sams shared some valuable insights into the mental side of his game and how this has helped him take is performances on the field to the next level.
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Daniel Sams had a summer to remember taking a record 30 wickets for the Sydney Thunder in BBL09.
In this edition of the Cricket Library Podcast we will hear about where his cricket journey began, how he broke into 1st Class Cricket, what it meant to wear the Baggy Blue, playing in Canada and his love of the Sydney Thunder.
Dan shares some valuable insights into the mental side of the game and how this helped him take his performances to the next level.
Of course we will find out who the three selections are for who he would most like to join him in the nets as well as clearing up any confusion there may be surrounding his middle name.
Since speaking with Dan, we were very pleased to hear of his inclusion in the Australian touring party for the upcoming series in the UK.
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