Lynn, McCullum masterclass take Brisbane Heat to third consecutive win

Brendon McCullum scored an unbeaten 72 off 35 balls
Brendon McCullum scored an unbeaten 72 off 35 balls

Brisbane Heat 174-3 (Lynn 84no) beat
Hobart Hurricanes 173-9 (Christian 33) by seven wickets
10th match, Big Bash League, Melbourne

Chris Lynn played a blistering 84-run knock while Brendon McCullum slammed a 35-ball 72 as Brisbane Heat went to the top of the table after chasing down 174 with seven wickets in hand against in the 10th match of the Big Bash League at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Brisbane Heat opted to field first on winning the toss. Mark Steketee (2-29) provided the early breakthrough when Tim Paine (9) was caught at backward point.

However, D'Arcy Short (18) and Kumar Sangakkara (12) smashed a six and two boundaries combined in the next over to get going.

Samuel Badree (1-26) trapped Sangakkara LBW while Steketee came back to castle Short as Hobart Hurricanes ended the powerplay at 50 for three.

George Bailey (13) looked good during his brief knock before he was unfortunately run out looking for the third run. His bat got struck in the ground as Jimmy Peirson whipped the bails off after a splendid throw of Alex Ross. At the half-way mark, Hobart Hurricanes were 78 for four.

Daniel Christian (33) and Jonathan Wells (28) added some stability with a 60-run stand for the fifth wicket as Hobart went past the 100-run mark. However, Jack Wildermuth (2-26) produced a double-wicket 14th over when he dismissed both Wells and Christian to restrict Hobart for 122 for six.

Cameos from Hamish Kingston (17) and Clive Rose (17 not out) ensured Hobart Hurricanes ended their innings at 173 for nine from the 20 overs.

After McCullum (72) started the innings with a couple of boundaries, Stuart Broad (1-24) had Peirson (1) caught at mid off in the first ball of the second over. Lynn (84) had a reprieve two deliveries later when Short (0-35) failed to hold on to a tough chance at deep midwicket.

Hobart continued to drop catches as Sangkkara failed to grab a catch from McCullum in the fifth over bowled by Rose (0-30) during which he struck a six and three more boundaries and in the next over the pair plundered 22 runs to take Brisbane Heat to 72 for one at the end of the powerplay.

McCullum completed his fifty off 27 deliveries and the pair spared no bowlers as they brought their 100-run stand off 72 deliveries.

Cameron Boyce (1-29) ended the 109-run stand when he had McCullum caught at long on but by then the required run rate came down under six.

Lynn ensured there were no further hiccups as they completed the chase in the 17th over with seven wickets in hand. This was also his second man of the match performance in two consecutive games.

© Cricket World 2016