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Heat too hot for Hurricanes

04 January 2020

The Hobart Hurricanes have fallen 31 runs short against the Brisbane Heat at Blundstone Arena on Friday night.

Brisbane posted their highest ever total in the BBL of 3-212, in a heavy hitting display by their top order.

The Hurricanes were on pace to challenge the massive total, but lost regular wickets through the second half of their run chase to finish on 9-181.

Ben McDermott won the toss and elected to bowl first, with Riley Meredith striking in his first over Meredith struck in his first over to remove Tom Banton thanks to a tough catch taken by Nathan Ellis.

But from there the Heat’s power hitting took over, with Chris Lynn and Max Bryant littering the boundary.

The Hurricanes failed to contain Brisbane’s hitting, and were dealt an early blow when James Faulkner did not bowl again after his second over due to a calf injury.

D’Arcy Short made the breakthrough in the 11th over, after Bryant (65 off 36) was caught at cover by Clive Rose.

Lynn and Matthew Renshaw continued the heavy hitting, repeatedly finding the boundary as the Heat’s score continued to climb.

Qais Ahmad dismissed Renshaw (30 off 17) in the final over of his spell, with Nathan Ellis getting his second catch at deep backward square leg.

Lynn (88* off 55) and a handy cameo from Ben Cutting (18* off 8) finished Brisbane’s innings and set a total of 213 for the Hurricanes to chase.

D’Arcy Short and Caleb Jewell were aggressive out of the gate, before Jewell (27 off 15) was undone by a short ball in the fifth over.

McDermott (23 off 18) continued the required tempo, before he and Short (25 off 24) fell in consecutive overs.

Wickets fell quickly again a few overs later; with Miller (23 off 13) and George Bailey (28 off 14) both getting off to strong starts before falling trying to keep up with the required run-rate.

Clive Rose (27 of 13) produced an exciting cameo, but the Hurricanes were left 31 runs short at the close.

The Hurricanes now head west to face the Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium on Sunday 5 January at 9.40pm ADST.