Skipper Chris Lynn led from the front with the bat as Brisbane Heat picked up their second win of the 2019-20 Big Bash League. Lynn’s fireworks helped Heat post a massive 212 on the board and Hobart Hurricanes in reply managed only 181, to lose by 31 runs.
Ben McDermott won the toss and opted to bowl. Overseas recruit Tom Banton made only 8 off 5 deliveries but his dismissal was followed by a strong 95-run partnership between Lynn and Max Bryant. Lynn started off in cracking fashion by fetching four boundaries off his first 10 deliveries and from thereon, Bryant took over. He closed out the powerplay with a four and a six off Clive Rose as Heat finished the powerplay at 60/1.
Bryant kept going strong once the field spread and brought up his half-century off just 33 balls. But a wrong’un from D’Arcy Short brought an end to Bryant’s fireworks in the 11th over. Lynn was now the man in charge for the second half of the innings after Bryant’s dismissal. A boundary over midwicket helped the skipper bring up a fifty off 33 deliveries and Matt Renshaw at the other end finished off the 14th over with successive sixes off Short.
After 15 overs, Heat were well set for a massive score having already gone past 150. While Renshaw was dismissed for a 17-ball 30, Lynn remained unbeaten on 88 to help his side cross the 200-run barrier. Hurricanes too got off to a great start racing to 40 in the first four overs but the next two overs yielded only 11 runs with the hosts losing Caleb Jewell in the process.
Every single batsman batting in the top five got off to a start and went past 20 for Hurricanes but none of them kicked on like Bryant or Lynn to keep Heat on their toes. Hurricanes lost half their side by the 14th over while still needing 95 runs for the win. Heat ended up using seven bowlers on the night with every bowler ending up with at least one wicket. Losing wickets continuously, Hurricanes were never in the chase and lost comfortably in the end.
Brief scores: Brisbane Heat212/3 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 88*, Max Bryant 65; Riley Meredith 1-38) beat Hobart Hurricanes181/9 in 20 overs (George Bailey 28; Jack Prestwidge 2-16, Mark Steketee 2-29) by 31 runs