Chris Lynn destroyed the Perth Scorchers with an explosive 98 not out as Brisbane Heat took the points by nine wickets.
Mitch Marsh made the major contribution to the Scorchers 173 for six after Heat’s promising leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson (2-27) took the early wickets of Shaun Marsh and Ian Bell. Bell was extremely unfortunate to have been adjudged to have made contact with a ball that bounced up to the hands of fielder Jimmy Peirson. But then Mitch Marsh attacked the pacemen. Three sixes and 5 fours raced him to a 41-ball 70.
For a fleeting moment it seemed the score may be competitive. That Heat chased it down with a mammoth 32 balls to spare illustrates the destructiveness of their top order offensive.
But the Perth Scorchers were battered all shades of blue by a 148 run partnership for the second wicket between Lynn and Brendon McCullum. It was the highest Big Bash stand for that wicket and the fourth highest for any wicket in the history of the competition.
Jimmy Pierson had got the Heat’s response motoring with 18 from 9 balls, but then it was the Lynn and McCullum show. Lynn hit 11 sixes and 3 fours as he raced to his fifty in only 27 balls and finished on 98 from 49 deliveries. McCullum scored a half-century of his own, blasting 50 from 31 balls with four boundaries and three sixes, but he was the supporting cast.
“It’s a little bit tender, but we’ve got a few days off now so a lot of treatment, lot of rehab on the physio bench so I’ll be good to go,” Lynn told Network Ten after the match when asked about a recurring shoulder injury.
“It’s nice,” McCullum said in understated fashion after the win. “The guys bowled incredibly well to keep them to 170-odd. From our point of view, it was about doing what we always do.”
Of Lynn’s pyrotechnics he simply said: “Incredible innings for sure.”
The win means Brisbane Heat are top of the tree with four wins from their five matches and a huge net run rate of 0.997. Perth remain second, now tied with the Sydney Sixers with three wins from five matches.
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