Brisbane Heat claim top position after Doggett's five-fer

Ben Cutting scored 20-ball 46 runs
Ben Cutting scored 20-ball 46 runs

Brisbane Heat 191-6 (Cutting 46) beat
Perth Scorchers 142 (Doggett 5-35) by 49 runs
18th game, Big Bash League, The Gabba

Brendan Doggett picked a five-wicket haul as Brisbane Heat restricted Perth Scorchers to 142 runs while defending 191 in the 18th game of the Big Bash League to claim the top position in the table.

Chasing over 9.5 an over, the Scorchers got off to a sedate start of 15 runs off the first three overs. Mark Steketee (3-28) produced a double strike in the fourth when he removed Michael Klinger (15) and Hilton Cartwright (0) off successive deliveries and the visitors ended the powerplay with a score of 38 for two.

With Mitchell Swepson (1-34) and Yasir Shah (1-27) controlling the middle overs, the Scorchers hardly had any momentum until Ashton Agar (31) finally decided to unleash himself in an 18-ball knock that had two sixes in it.

Even for Agar, it was too much to handle, as he fell in the 15th over to Steketee which very much closed the doors for the Scorchers. Doggett (5-35) ensured there was no let off as he cleaned the lower order to dismiss the Scorchers for 142 and in the process also completed a five-wicket haul.

Earlier, it was Chris Lynn (39) and Brendon McCullum (32) that got Brisbane to a flying start. Even though Scorchers made a brief comeback, Joe Burns (36) consolidated a bit but it was the 20-ball cameo from Ben Cutting (46) that proved decisive in lifting the total to 191 for six.

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