BBL 9: Brisbane Heat thump Hobart Hurricanes by 31 runs, move to fifth in the table

Brisbane Heats registered their 2nd win of the BBL 9 defeating Hobart Hurricanes by 31 runs, thanks to Chris Lynn and Max Bryant knocks played at Blundstone Arena, Hobart on Friday.

Having been invited to bat first, hosts didn’t get an ideal start with Tom Banton getting out cheaply for 8. However, Chris Lynn and Max Bryant made sure there is no further damage and laid the foundation for a massive total as Brisbane Heats reached to a total of 60 in first six overs.

Bryant reached his fifty off just 30 balls as the duo went hammer and tongs against the Hurricanes. However, when things looking out of control for Hobart Hurricanes, part-time spinner Darcy Short dismissed Bryant for a well made 65 off 36 balls. Bryant and Lynn added 95 runs for the 2nd wicket.

Matt Renshaw came to the crease and never let the momentum slip. Brisbane Heats captain Chris Lynn reached his 50 off 34 balls. Lynn smashed the Hobart Hurricanes bowlers with big hits. Renshaw was dismissed for a quickfire 30 off 18 balls and added 63 runs for the 3rd wicket with Lynn. Lynn could not hit big shots in the last 2 overs but Ben Cutting quickfire 18 off 8 balls helped Brisbane Heats post 212 for 3 in 20 overs. Meredith, Darcy Short, and Qais Ahmed took 1 wicket apiece.

Chasing a massive target of 213 runs to win, Caleb Jewell looked in great touch with innovative stroke play against part-time spinner Matt Renshaw. Darcy Short struggled against Zahir Khan but hit good strokes. Steketee provided the breakthrough for Brisbane Heats dismissing dangerous Jewell for 27 off 16 balls. Ben McDermott struggled to pick deliveries from Zahir Khan. At the end of six overs, Hobart Hurricanes were 51 for 1.

After the power play overs, Hurricanes captain McDermott looked comfortable against the pacers. Ben Cutting provided the breakthrough getting the wicket of Ben McDermott for 23. Darcy Short could not score at a quick pace but was dismissed for 25 off 24 balls. David Miller and George Bailey hit some lovely strokes, but Brisbane Heats bowlers got rid of Miller and Bailey in quick succession to leave Hobart Hurricanes in big trouble. Hurricanes batsmen tried their best, but it was a big ask for the rest of batsmen to score this total. Rose hit a quick-fire scoring 27 off 13 balls and was dismissed in last over. Hobart Hurricanes posted 181 for 9 in 20 overs.

Brisbane Heats 212 for 3 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 88*, Max Bryant 65, Meredith 1/38) beat Hobart Hurricanes 181 for 9 in 20 overs (George Bailey 28, Jewell 27, Steketee 2/29, Prestiwdge 2/16) by 31 runs.

Chris Lynn was awarded the man of the match for his 88 not out. Melbourne Stars will face Melbourne Renegades on 4th January.