After showing plenty of promise early on in both innings, the Brisbane Heat collapsed yet again to drop to their fourth loss of BBL|11.
It was their second consecutive loss to start the season at the Gabba, going down to the Melbourne Stars by 20 runs. And it was a very similar story to their previous loss against the Thunder.
After electing to bowl first, they had the Stars on the ropes at 3/16 at the end of three overs. Mark Steketee had picked up two wickets whilst Liam Guthrie had one.
Captain Jimmy Peirson then decided to bowl two of the smallest wicket-taking threats in James Bazley and Matt Kuhnemann the next two overs. This allowed English import Joe Clarke and Hilton Cartwright to slowly rebuild the Stars innings.
In Guthrie’s second over the duo started to blast off, whacking him for 20 runs. Despite picking up two wickets, his spell was the worst in BBL history, conceding a record 70 runs off his four overs.
Cartwright and Clarke continued to build momentum, with the Heat having no answers for their big hitting. Whilst they did slow them down and picked up six wickets in the final six overs, they still had to chase 208 to win their third game of this season.
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Their innings started in somewhat similar style to the Stars’ innings and their last loss at home. Whilst Tom Cooper, Max Bryant and Chris Lynn hit Brody Couch for 12 runs, they lost the wickets of Cooper and Bryant in the over.
Ben Duckett and Lynn then started to rebuild, with Duckett playing some flamboyant shots on his way to a second consecutive 50. He then lost his wicket in the Power Surge, which was one of the biggest turning points of the game.
Despite that loss, Lynn started to whack Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa all over the Gabba, picking up his first 50 this tournament. He was then dismissed by Qais Ahmad in a cruel blow to his team’s chances.
From there it was a similar story to their last loss of BBL|11, losing 6/58 in the final seven and a bit overs to lose by 20 runs. Whilst they showed plenty of promise yet again, it’s yet another what could’ve been loss for the Brisbane Heat.
Captain Peirson said post game that whilst it wasn’t a disastrous loss, it was there for the taking.
“Even after the Power Surge the run rate was I think at the Gabba manageable. A lot of the responsibility has to sit on me,” Peirson said.
However after the knock of Chris Lynn, he is excited what the BBL superstar could bring in the near future.
“He’s thinking about his cricket, he’s certainly batting beautifully in the nets. He’s building nicely to what will hopefully be some good form rolling into a tightly congested couple of games.”
The Heat will travel to Sydney in the next few days (bare any COVID outbreak) to take on the unstoppable Sydney Sixers at the SCG.
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