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Swepson, Steketee set up seven-wicket win for Brisbane Heat

Joe Burns scored an unbeaten 42 runs in the chase
Joe Burns scored an unbeaten 42 runs in the chase

Brisbane Heat 139-3 (Ross 46no) beat
Melbourne Stars 138-7 (Wright 60no) by seven wickets
28th match, Big Bash League, Melbourne Cricket Ground

After a combined bowling effort led by Mark Steketee and Mitchell Swepson restricted Melbourne Stars to 138 for seven in the 20 overs, an unbeaten 74-run stand between Alex Ross and Joe Burns, ensured Brisbane Heat chased down the target in 18.1 overs with seven wickets in hand in the 28th match of Big Bash League, thereby securing a place in the semi-final.

Brisbane Heat got off to a terrific start when Steketee (2-20) had both Rob Quiney (0) and Kevin Pietersen (0) in the first two deliveries of the innings.

Luke Wright (60) and Seb Gotch (30) staged some recovery with their 55 run partnership which came off 50 deliveries but their work was undone in the ninth over bowled by Swepson (2-14). The leg-spinner castled both Gotch and Marcus Stoinis (0) to leave Stars reeling at 61 for four at halfway mark.

David Hussey (29) joined Wright but some tight bowling from Brisbane Heat bowlers saw them score just 23 runs in the next four overs.

Between overs 16 and 19, Brisbane Heat managed just 28 runs but lost Hussey and Evin Gulbis (2). With a six in the final over, Wright reached his fifty off 51 deliveries and helped Stars post 138 for seven in the 20 overs.

Swepson and Steketee were the pick of the Brisbane Heat bowlers as they conceded just 34 runs between them in the eight overs while snaring four wickets as well.

After scoring 16 runs in the first two overs, Brisbane Heat lost Jimmy Peirson (8) when he miscued the first delivery bowled by Scott Boland (1-26) and in the next over Ben Hilfenhaus (1-30) surprised Nathan Reardon (1) with a bouncer which he pulled to deep square leg.

Sam Heazlett (39) and Ross (46 not out) struck two fours and a six between them in the sixth over by the end of which Brisbane Heat were 44 for two.

Just when the pair were looking good and brought the required run rate down to 6.50, Gulbis (1-8) had Heazlett caught at long on which brought Burns (42 not out) to the crease.

The Australian international was put to stern test in the middle overs by Adam Zampa (0-18) and Michael Beer (0-29) as a result of which the required run rate crossed eight.

However, the pair stepped up the ante in the 15th over bowled by Boland where they smashed three boundaries and in the 18th over, Burns got struck into Hilfenhaus plundering him for two sixes and a four.

Brisbane Heat eventually completed the chase in 18.1 overs with seven wickets in hand, making them the first team to qualify for the semi-final. Swepson bagged the player of the match award.

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