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Match report: Heat v Hurricanes

09 January 2022

It was a cloudy night to kick off the League’s inaugural First Nations Round at the Gabba in Brisbane, with the 8.30pm AEDT start the latest in the ‘Canes BBL|11 campaign.

Riley Meredith started the ‘Canes off in a tidy manner, but it was Tom Rogers who came out firing in the second over to clean bowl Heat opener, Jack Clayton, just 10 balls in.

Coming in at three, Lachlan Pfeffer came out strong for the Heat with Rogers and Hurricanes debutant Will Sanders looking to restrict him and Jake Lehmann in the powerplay, but gaps in the field allowed them to push forward to 1-28.

In the fifth over Sandeep Lamichhane sent Lehmann packing however, with a crisp LBW and his signature fist-pumping celebration.

The ‘Canes looked to their spinners to find the next wicket and take on an in-form Sam Heazlett, which worked with a catch off Tim David’s bowling to send him back to the dugout.

In his second game for the season, Mitch Owen claimed his first BBL wicket with a tricky catch from D'Arcy Short to assist with the dismissal of the experienced Tom Cooper.

At the halfway mark in the innings the Hurricanes made the decision to activate their X-Factor substitute, making the switch with Sanders coming off after one over (0-9 off 1.0), and bringing on Mac Wright.

The innings cruised along until the 13th over when Jack Wood was dismissed by Lamichhane and an outside edge to get the ‘Canes to 5-86.

It was a cheeky catch from Caleb Jewell that was enough to restrict the Heat to 6-110 at the end of the power surge, with 17 overs gone.

The rain began to fall in the 18th over, but the umpires looked to push forward and finish the innings off to avoid a DLS affected match.

It was a strong finish for the boys in purple with two wickets in the 19th over to restrict the Heat to 8-144, with the ‘Canes requiring 145 for the win.

It was a slow start for the Hurricanes boys with the bat, with only three runs from the first over, it was the unconventional bowling of Paddy Dooley left the openers a little bedazzled.

The second over produced the first boundary for the innings with Jewell on the back foot in a well-timed four.

After working his way up to a total of nine, Jewell was dismissed with a half volley outside off stump caught by the keeper in the third over.

Ben McDermott once again found his feet, with stand-in captain Pete Handscomb joining him at the crease, producing two boundaries off the over leaving the ‘Canes 1-25 at the end of the fourth.

The ‘Canes slowed the pace until the seventh over, where McDermott cracked a consecutive four and a six to increase the likelihood of claiming the Bash Boost Point.

The 'Canes weren’t able to reach the target of 74 to claim the extra point by the 10th over, but on the up side, they had only lost the one wicket thus far.

Something inside Ben McDermott clicked in the 12th over with two fours, and a six to bring up his fourth half-century for the season.

In nightmarish fashion McDermott was dropped just as he passed his fourth half century of the season; a result that will likely come back to haunt the Heat, as he guided the required rate to less than seven runs per over.

There was no stopping McDermott now as he powered forward finding all the gaps and getting his hands on all the sixes he could manage, reaching 2000 BBL runs in the process to top off an already impressive innings.

With another century just in reach, it unfortunately was too much after a mis-timed back foot shot brought his innings to an end on 93 off the bowling of Steve McGiffin. 

Short came to the crease as a man on a mission looking to get the last runs needed to get the win, with multiple boundaries getting the boys over the line to get the win.

A fantastic effort from the Hurricanes boys to give them the win they needed to keep their season alive and well. Player of the Match was presented to Ben McDermott with 93 off 61.


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Brisbane Heat Men

Hobart Hurricanes Men