Hobart Hurricanes can no longer make the semi-finals of this season’s Big Bash League after a Chris Lynn-inspired Brisbane Heat won a high-scoring game under the Gabba floodlights.
Lynn equalled the record for the fastest ever BBL half-century, taking just 18 balls, and was finally dismissed for 81 off just 35 balls as Heat racked up 198 for six after being asked to bat.
It had begun badly for the home side as Joe Burns was dismissed in the second over by Ben Hilfenhaus. However, Lynn and Peter Forrest added 113 in less than 11 overs for the second-wicket, with the latter content to play second-fiddle in making 46 off 48 balls. He hit only two boundaries during his knock, but Lynn smashed 15, including three maximums.
There were then cameos from Dan Christian (20 off 12 balls), Nathan Reardon (20 off 11) and Ben Cutting (24 off 8) as the Hurricanes bowling figures took a battering. Tim Bresnan came in for harsh treatment, conceding 48 runs from three wicket-less overs, while Hilfenhaus (1-44), Evan Gulbis (1-38) and Shoaib Malik (3-37) were hardly parsimonious. Cameron Boyce was arguably the pick with one for 28 from his four overs.
Hurricanes were never really in the hunt in the run chase as Mark Steketee removed openers Ben Dunk and Tim Paine cheaply. Dan Christian the also struck twice to help reduce them to 92 for seven in the 12th over.
A late rally was initiated by Shoaib Malik, but it was only ever likely to lessen the actual margin of defeat. He hit 42 off 23 balls before tail-enders Hilfenhaus (38 off 31 balls) and Boyce (24 off 9) enjoyed themselves to add an unbroken 43 in 24 balls for the ninth-wicket as Heat finished on 180 for eight.
Brisbane Heat and Hobart Hurricanes have now completed their allocation of eight group games and will have to wait until next season for the chance to impress. Attention now turns to Sydney tomorrow where Sydney Thunder must beat Melbourne Stars to keep their semi-final hopes alive.
He worked for CricketWorld.com for almost three years, leading their county and domestic cricket coverage and contributing to a book about the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, before joining the hugely ambitious World Cricket Badger early in 2014.
The first Test that he remembers watching was on Channel 4 - back before the ECB marginalised potential future fans by selling the TV rights to Sky Sports - when England beat Pakistan by an innings and nine runs at Lord’s.
Besides a passion for domestic cricket, he also has an unexplainable interest in all things Zimbabwe cricket!
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