BBL|04: Sydney Sixers give Brisbane Heat the big bash out of contention

Sydney Sixers have sent the Brisbane Heat crashing out of the Big Bash with a 6-wicket win in Brisbane. It was a must win game for the Heat and they got off to a bad start with both the bat and ball, and never fully recovered from their setbacks.

The Sixers won the toss and sent the Heat in to bat. It was starting to look like the perfect decision for the Sixers as the Heat quickly fell to 4/33. Andrew Flintoff then joined Peter Forrest and the crease and the two players quickly set about rebuilding the Heat innings. With Flintoff playing the anchor role, the two batsmen put on a 93 run partnership as they pulled the Heat out of trouble.

Forrest scored an unbeaten 62 off 56 balls and Flintoff contributed with 46 runs off 32 balls. A little cameo by the only other batsman to score double figures, Ben Cutting, at the end of the innings allowed the Heat to post a defendable 147 off their 20 overs. Doug Bollinger was the pick of the Sixers bowlers after only conceding 18 runs in his four overs and picking up the wicket of danger man Chris Lynn.

As has been the case all tournament, the Heat were shocking with the ball, particularly in the powerplay overs going for just over ten an over conceding 64 runs and taking just the one wicket. The strong start from the Sixers put them in the driver’s seat and the Heat never really recovered.

Flintoff dropped Michael Lumb whilst the batsman was on 16, and the Heat was never fully able to recover from that setback.

The Sixers quickly got the required run rate under 6 and never looked like losing the game. Every one of the Sixers batsmen scored in the double figures and it was a good 57 run partnership between Ryan Carters and Jordan Silk that led the Sixers to victory. The Heat were unable to find any decent line and length with the ball and it is no surprise to see them bow out of the competition on the back of such poor bowling.

Brisbane will now have two games to try and find some sort of form before the players return to domestic cricket, whilst Sixers move on in the competition on the back of some strong performances.

CURRENT STANDINGS

Perth Scorchers 7 5 2 0 0 10 +0.848 1043/135.5 954/139.4
Adelaide Strikers 5 4 1 0 0 8 +1.154 710/85.3 715/100.0
Sydney Sixers 6 4 2 0 0 8 +0.165 890/114.4 904/119.0
Melbourne Stars 6 3 3 0 0 6 +0.012 922/120.0 863/112.3
Hobart Hurricanes 7 3 4 0 0 6 -0.181 1022/131.4 1030/129.4
Sydney Thunder 5 2 3 0 0 4 -0.229 746/97.0 693/87.3
Melbourne Renegades 6 2 4 0 0 4 -0.612 802/113.5 910/118.5
Brisbane Heat 6 1 5 0 0 2 -1.214 957/120.0 1023/111.2

Ahmed Essof

Ahmed has been a cricket fan for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Zimbabwe in the 90s he has very fond memories of cricket and was immediately transfixed by the game from the very first moment.

At the age of 15, Ahmed moved to Australia with his family. He quickly took a liking to his new home state, Queensland, and subsequently became a fan of Brisbane Heat. Despite his obvious love for his African roots and Zimbabwe and South Africa, Ahmed has developed a strong knowledge of the game in Australia and the various competitions.

Always a fan of the outrageous and 'freakish' cricket, Ahmed rates Jonty Rhodes, AB DeVilliers as among his most exciting cricketers to watch.

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