Ben McDermott’s bid for BBL’s third consecutive century was left in tatters as a Hobart Hurricanes batting meltdown saw the Brisbane Heat win by 14 runs at Blundstone Arena on New Years Day.
The Hurricanes looked into the box early with a superb job with the ball, but a late rally from the Heat set the stage for a complete turnaround.
Now the Hurricanes have lost ground in their attempt to keep in touch with the top two, while the Heat’s top four prospects remain alive.
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The Hurricanes come off a big win over the Renegades following McDermott’s second straight century, while the Heat descended against the Sixers in a low scoring thriller.
McDermott and Matthew Wade are the dangerous men for the Hurricanes at the top of the order, while Tom Rogers and Sandeep Lamichhane have been in good shape with the ball.
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Heat captain Jimmy Peirson was kicked off in the second after a Riley Meredith ball was caught and caught by Matthew Wade.
Another advantage, this time from Ben Duckett over a delivery from Tom Rogers, was dubbed “lazy” by Mike Hussey and a “big blow” in a horror start for the Heat, who were 2-14 after two overs and half. .
“It really puts Chris Lynn in a tough spot here,” Hussey said on Fox Cricket.
“What is he doing? His natural instinct is to get the most out of the batting power play, but he can’t really afford to do that when they’ve lost two wickets.
Just as Lynn was starting to gain confidence, a Nathan Ellis saw him overtake by Meredith for just 13 runs, sending an already difficult start into chaos.
Refusing to let the Heat settle into the crease, the Hurricanes sent Max Bryant to walk via a Jordan Thompson ball that was poorly timed and caught by Ellis.
By the time the mark halfway through the innings arrived, the Heat had managed just 61 points for a four-wicket loss as light rain fell at Blundstone Arena, making it extremely difficult to rekindle their hopes.
The Hurricanes ‘offense continued almost immediately after the break, with Ellis’ third ball passing Xavier Bartlett.
Michael Vaughan said the Hurricanes appeared to be “going for the jugular” in an attempt to keep the Heat from even reaching the triple.
Heazlett was sacked for 26 points after a Rogers ball was aimed at Tim David.
Jack Wildermuth’s stint as the X Factor batsman provided a much needed spark as he conceded 24 runs on 16 balls and provided much needed crease-level stability heading into the final five overs.
Sandeep would be the one who would end up sacking Wilderuth for 28 points midway through the 17th, with the Heat approaching 120 points.
James Bazley seemed like the one who could give the game some momentum, coming in and showing brilliantly with the bat.
He finished with 44 points on 27 balls to close the innings and threw the Heat on a score of 150 to gain confidence in the main break.
“It’s definitely something – the Heat are spirited in their step and they have something to defend,” Hussey said.
Vaughan added: “I think the Heat from where they were five wickets to get to 150, I think they will be delighted.”
That momentum was more than sustained to start the Heat’s relay with the ball, with Bartlett sensationalizing both Matthew Wade and McDermott back into space in his first lap.
McDermott, chasing a third consecutive BBL century, was fired for a duck in an incredible turnaround.
Harry Brook was next to walk after a good bowling from Majeeb, who responded brilliantly after being taken for a limit on the ball before.
Deprived of its two best point scorers, the Heat could only manage 44 points halfway through the innings.
D’Arcy Short struggled to rack up any points, but began to set up a gritty throw at the crease to at least hold onto the pitch.
Peter Handscomb looked to get his footing ahead when he came on strike, throwing an earlier six.
However, as the Hurricanes did to the Heat at the start of the opening innings, the former had little time to gain momentum, with a delivery from Mujeeb sending Handscomb out soon after for just 14 points.
Bartlett’s superb pass with the ball hurt the Hurricanes even more, with his dismissal from Short, making him four wickets for just 22 points.
His replacement at Ellis immediately sought to take center stage as the team threw caution to the wind in a final attempt to avoid defeat.
Ellis was helped very well by Tom Rogers, who started racking up limits, but the former was dismissed by Steketee with the first ball from the 18th in a big win.
Rogers continued to push for an unlikely win, but it turned out to be unsuccessful as the Heat stabilized for the win.
Hobart XI: Matthew Wade (C), Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Harry Brook, Pete Handscomb, Tim David, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Tom Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane
Brisbane XI: Chris Lynn, Jimmy Peirson (C), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Liam Guthrie
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