Brisbane Heat breeze to 6 wicket win over Perth Scorchers in BBL
Brisbane Heat won the toss and decided to bowl against Perth Scorchers at the Brisbane Cricket Ground, Brisbane today in the BBL.
Perth Scorchers 128-9 (Nick Hobson 43, Cameron Bancroft 32; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-16, Josh Lalor 3-23)
Brisbane Heat 130-4 (Chris Lynn 56*, Max Bryant 26; Matthew Kelly 2-27)
Result – Brisbane Heat won by 6 wickets
Up against some great bowling from the Heat bowlers, batting first, Perth Scorchers struggled to a below par 128-9 in their 20 overs - Nick Hobson 43 and Cameron Bancroft 32 top scoring - Mujeeb Ur Rahman 3-16 and Josh Lalor 3-23 were the pick of a fine all round bowling performance, from the Brisbane Heat bowlers.
In reply, Brisbane Heat made light of the run chase, winning by 6 wickets and 2.5 overs to spare – finishing on 130-4 Chris Lynn 56*, hitting the last ball over the ropes for six! Max Bryant 26 batted well in support and Matthew Kelly 2-27 was the pick of the Scorchers bowlers.
Comment - Perth Scorchers - Jess Keily
A tough start for the Scorchers saw three top-order batsmen fall in quick succession, until Cameron Bancroft (32 off 24) took on the task at hand and smacked three boundaries in four balls.
Backed by skipper Mitch Marsh, the two posted a 42-run partnership to help steady the ship for the visitors. Nick Hobson proved his worth smashing 43 off 35 deliveries, including three boundaries in what was his third game for Perth. Defending 128, the Scorchers managed to restrict the Heat to their second lowest power play score of the season of 1-32.
Matt Kelly produced an impressive spell with the ball, returning 2-27 from his three overs. Debutant Clint Hinchliffe made his mark by taking the big wicket of opening batman Max Bryant (26) and finished with figures of 1-21 off four overs.The Heat proved too strong in the end and wrapped up the match in the 17th over to cement their first win at home.
Skipper Mitch Marsh said it was a disappointing result and one they are looking to bounce back from ahead of their final home game.
“Despite the result it was good to see some of our young players step up and make an impact on the game,” he said.
“We have still got a lot of pride to play for and we want all our fans to come down to the Stadium on Sunday night for our final home game.”
The Scorchers head home for their final home game of the season at Optus Stadium against the Melbourne Stars this Sunday 3 February.
Brisbane Heat - Max Bryant, Chris Lynn(c) Brendon McCullum, Matthew Renshaw, Alex Ross, Jimmy Peirson(wk), Ben Cutting, Jack Prestwidge, Josh Lalor, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Perth Scorchers - Cameron Bancroft(wk), Shaun Marsh, Josh Inglis, Ashton Turner, Mitchell Marsh(c), Nick Hobson, Clint Hinchliffe, Andrew Tye, Matthew Kelly, Jason Behrendorff, Usman Qadi
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