Hobart Hurricanes 173/9 (20.0)
Brisbane Heat 174/3 (16.2)
The Heat secured a third successive win in BBL06 after Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum lit up the Gabba with an explosive display, showcasing batting of the highest quality.
The Hurricanes were simply blown away attempting to defend their total, topping of an evening that was problematic throughout.
None of the Heat’s top order were able to establish a hold on the match, with a couple of ‘starts’, but ultimately dismal failures.
George Bailey’s desperately unlucky dismissal summed up the Hurricanes’ evening. The Australian’s bat got stuck in the turf sliding in for a single, just short of the line.
When your luck is out, it’s out.
Without Tim Paine and D’Arcy Short firing in that top order, the bulk of the work was left to Dan Christian.
The fact that the all-rounder top scored with a measly 33 says everything you need to know about the innings as a whole. Jonathan Wells tried his best with 28 in the only partnership of note with the aforementioned Christian.
Kumar Sangakkara failed again and his shortcomings are becoming increasingly worrying, both for the neutral, as well as the Hurricanes’ fans.
Samuel Badree (2/26) and Mark Steketee (2/29) were both excellent with the ball for the Heat providing great control throughout where others struggled, despite the faltering Hurricanes’ line-up.
The hero of the piece from the Heat’s previous game, Chris Lynn, joined Brendon McCullum at 9/1 after Jimmy Peirson had fallen early on in their reply.
What followed, was some of the most remarkable range-hitting seen in recent times.
It was like something out of a video game, with both players hitting boundaries and maximums at will.
McCullum eventually perished for a magnificent 72 (35), but the pair had added 103 in less than 9 overs and Lynn was still motoring.
The game was over, but the entertainment certainly wasn’t.
Lynn continued the onslaught and not to be outdone by a huge maximum from McCullum earlier, hit a monstrous six that landed on the roof of the Gabba.
For the second match in a row he ended unbeaten and saw the Heat home, showing just why he’s such a dangerous customer. The fact he’s not in any of the Australian limited overs squads is quite honestly, dumbfounding.
The Hurricanes bowlers were under the pump but Cameron Boyce can be pleased with his efforts, returning an impressive 1/29 under the most difficult of circumstances.