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Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes
BRISBANE CRICKET GROUND, DECEMBER 29, 2015
Match 12 - BRH v HBH
|Hobart Hurricanes 1st Inn||4/194|
|Brisbane Heat 1st Inn||9/179|
|Hobart Hurricanes won the toss and elected to bat|
|Hobart Hurricanes won by 15 runs|
|Brisbane Heat||Over:20.0 RR:8.95|
|1 . . 2 . 6 |||1 1 1 4 . . |||. 2 . 1 1nb . 1 ||
|Last Wicket:||Steketee, MT, 0 (RO Reed)|
|Current Partnership:||3 runs, 3 balls, RR:100.00|
The Hobart Hurricanes managed to defeat the Heat for the second time this BBL season despite a magnificent knock from Brisbane’s Chris Lynn.
Lynn was incredibly unluckly not to be on the winning side, putting together a remarkable century that saw him take apart some quality bowlers. His total of 101 came off 51 balls and included seven sixes.
However his teammates weren’t able to finish off his good work with the next highest score from a Heat batsman coming from debutant Sam Heazlett.
Sensational bowling performances from Jake Reed (3/31) and Cameron Boyce (2/22) were also instrumental in the Hurricanes victory.
The top order all made good contributions for the Hurricanes when they set a big total of 194 for the Heat to chase, most impressive was Dan Christian playing against his old side.
Christian hit four sixes in his 24-ball 56, including one that remarkably sailed out onto the roof of the Gabba.
Hobart Hurricanes 4/194
Brisbane Heat 9/179
With the Hobart Hurricanes sitting fifth on the table and the Brisbane Heat last, both teams are in the same positions now as they were at the end of last season, and are therefore desperate for a win. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:10pm (AEDT).
Only a week has passed since these two teams last met. In the days after that game, which the Hurricanes won by 20 runs, the Heat were convincingly defeated by a well-drilled Scorchers, whereas Hobart were afforded a welcomed rest.
Few teams have enjoyed success in Perth in recent years, but Brisbane’s comprehensive loss to the Scorchers – their third of the tournament – may be one of the most one-sided games of this season. The only other game of the competition that has been so unbalanced saw the Sydney Sixers demolish the Hurricanes in their first game.
Brisbane can take faith from the fact that the Hurricanes bounced back with a victory after that match, albeit against the Heat themselves.
The substantial losses the Heat and the Hurricanes endured were telling in many ways, but what they revealed more clearly than anything were both sides’ key batsmen.
When the Hurricanes capitulated for just 91 against the Sixers, George Bailey went against the grain with a superb 62 not out. Similarly, when the Heat were strangled by the Scorchers, only managing 117, Chris Lynn mustered up a classy 75, also unbeaten.
Both batsmen are flexible in their play – they can consolidate a poor start from their team, or push forwards from a positive start. It may be telling that when the Hurricanes beat the Heat, by 20 runs, Bailey blasted a 21-ball 40 and Lynn only made a single run. That 20-run margin was largely down to the constant fall of wickets throughout the Heat’s innings.
Brisbane batted with good aggression but ended up losing eight wickets, including two taken by former Heat player Daniel Christian.
Chasing 184, as the Heat were that match at Bellerive Oval, it is always likely the batting side will lose wickets. But while they lost eight wickets in that game, they have only managed to take seven in their three matches this tournament.
This may be partly down to the lack of a strike bowler, such as the Hurricanes’ Shaun Tait, but it is primarily down to an inability to stem the flow of runs and build pressure.
Despite their massive slip-up in the first game, the Hurricanes have a strong side with the potential to compete for this year’s title.
But in reality, all that matters when predicting this game is that in an eight-team competition there are currently seven teams better than the Brisbane Heat. A Hurricanes win is very likely.