21/02/2024

Nathan McSweeney and Paul Walters avoid a near heavy collision in their win over the Sydney Sixers (Image: BBL/Twitter)

Brisbane Heat teammates Nathan McSweeney and Paul Walter were nearly in a freak accident out on the field against the Sydney Sixers.

Sixers Jack Edwards had 22/14 and hit a high mid-range ball, right on target for a Heat player to catch. McSweeney was driving forward to catch the ball, and Walter, who was bowling then, sprinted toward the ball for a catch on the full.

Both players avoided a serious collision and saw McSweeney take the catch to add another Wicket to the Sixers tally. McSweeney and Walters caught each other’s feet, sending the other diving into the turf.

“I think I would have come off second best that’s for sure as most would against big Paul,” McSweeney said.

“I didn’t hear him coming or see him at all so I didn’t really notice until I looked up at the big screen how close it was and how bad it could have been so I probably should have called a bit louder.

“He apologised because I took the catch at least so it would’ve been worse if I dropped it and got in his way so at least I held onto it.”

The duo went on to bat together with McSweeney ending the game on 22 of 25 not out and Walters finishing on 23 of 15 not out winning player of the match.

“He was excellent down the other end for me … he was quite calm down the other end when I was probably thinking I needed to go a little bit harder than what I was,” McSweeney said.

“To have him down the other end being really calm then playing the way he did took all the pressure off me so I was happy to just get one then go down the other end and watch him go about it was awesome.”

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McSweeney couldn’t speak highly enough of Walters’s experience showing in his gameplay, being able to turn the game around on a dime.

“Thankfully Paul hit the ball really well and was able to get a couple boundaries in the last over and to come out on top it’s awesome to get the win and stay on top of the table,” McSweeney said.

“Only having one surge we took the end, Paul had a short boundary and he was hitting the ball really well.

“For him to go out and do it like that and win us the game is awesome and gets us another win and one step closer to finishing on top which we all want to do.”

The Heat currently sits on top of the ladder, remaining undefeated in the BBL13.

The Brisbane Heat will host the Hobart Hurricanes on Sunday, 7 January.

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