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Match report: Hurricanes v Heat

01 January 2022

The Hobart Hurricanes run of victories came to an end, as a plucky Brisbane Heat showed their class at Blundstone Arena.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl, skipper Matthew Wade couldn’t have been happier with his bowlers to start proceedings. Riley Meredith struck in the second over to remove Jimmy Peirson, before the in-form Tom Rogers removed Ben Duckett in the very next over to have the Heat 2-14.

The cracking start continued when Nathan Ellis removed key man Chris Lynn for just 13, and Jordan Thompson had the crowd on their feet as Max Bryant fell, with the Heat teetering at 4-47.

Rogers and Ellis managed to snare another wicket each on a wicket that looked increasingly difficult for batting, and the Heat were in a real hole at 6-77 before they managed to flick a switch. James Bazely and Jack Wildermuth began to take to the bowlers, and brought up the 100 for the Heat in quick fashion.

Suddenly a defendable total was on the cards for the away side.  Sandeep Lamichhane managed to break the partnership and remove Wildermuth, but Mark Steketee managed to support Bazely as the Heat pushed the total along further.

Ellis took his third wicket in the final over of the innings, but by then the Heat had managed to recover and post a total that was going to take some chasing, finishing on 8-150.

The Hurricanes proved that it was a bowling wicket – and unfortunately the Heat also cashed in. Matthew Wade and the red hot Ben McDermott departed for one and nought respectively, and suddenly the pressure was on D’Arcy Short and Harry Brook.

Both batters seemed to get their eye in, and while the scoring wasn’t exactly quick, began to build a platform for the Hurricanes. Sadly, Brook fell right as it looked as if he had found his touch, trapped LBW by Mujeeb Ur Rahman on 22 to leave the ‘Canes 3-38.

A couple of sterling shots from Pete Handscomb appeared to have Hobart back on track, but he also fell to Ur Rahman who was bowling an excellent spell.

Tim David fell cheaply to leave Hobart reeling on 5-68, with Short at the crease but scoring at under a run a ball. When Jordan Thompson was removed, and Short departed for 27, it was up to the bowlers, who actually seemed to settle faster than some of the established batters.

Nathan Ellis and Tom Rogers began finding the rope with ease – including a couple of massive sixes for each - and suddenly a miracle win seemed a possibility. The total advanced past 100 and with just a handful of overs left, the crowd began to believe.

More boundaries to the pair brought the total to 120 before Ellis fell to Steketee on 18, halting the ‘Canes momentum at 8-120. Rogers flashed a couple more to the boundary but it was a case of too little, too late for Hobart, falling by 14 runs to a well oiled Heat side.

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Brisbane Heat Men

Hobart Hurricanes Men

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