Wednesday night’s tension-fueled thriller between the Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat is only the latest chapter in one of the BBL’s most fascinating rivalries.
It is not a rivalry based on geography, like the Melbourne and Sydney derbies. Nor is it a rivalry based on Grand Final history.
Instead, this is a rivalry that has naturally simmered and morphed into a duel that rivals any other in the BBL, with both sides capable of scoring big totals with individual power hitters aplenty.
The Hurricanes and Heat have played more matches against each other than they have any other side, with the Hurricanes holding a 7-4 advantage after 11 meetings.
The very first match between the sides, held at the Gabba in BBL01, saw the Heat post the competition’s first 200+ total before denying the Hurricanes by just three runs in a final over thriller.
This encounter set the wheels in motion for this rivalry to escalate, with the Heat and Hurricanes winning one match apiece in BBL02.
The Heat went on to amass a monster total of 3/209 at the Gabba in late December 2013 when the two sides met in BBL03, yet again breaking the record for the highest BBL score in the process.
This record only stood for an hour and 15 minutes, however, with some power hitting from Ben Dunk and Jonathan Wells, and a final cameo from Tasmanian hero Ben Hilfenhaus powering the Hurricanes to a new record total of 7/210 with four balls to spare.
WATCH: The Hurricanes chase down the Heat's record BBL score of 209 in BBL03
The second clash between the two sides in BBL03, just under a month later, saw the Hurricanes go only one run shy from their own record score, posting 7/209 at Blundstone Arena before Cameron Boyce took 3-21 to restrict the Heat to 8/169.
BBL04 saw 209 emerge again as the total of choice for matches between these sides, with the Hurricanes successfully reaching 4/209 in 19 overs to chase down the Heat’s total of 6/208 after Cameron Boyce took three wickets.
Dan Christian, who used to play for the Heat, put his name up in lights when the Hurricane and Heat met in BBL05, hitting a monster 117-metre six onto the Gabba roof as the Hurricanes secured another victory.
WATCH: Dan Christian launches a MONSTER 117-metre six at the Gabba
The Hurricanes had the better of the Heat in BBL05, with two comfortable victories, highlighted by Dan Christian’s monster 117-metre six onto the roof of the Gabba in the second Hurricanes victory.
The one clash between the sides in BBL06 was highlighted by the exploits of the ‘Bash Brothers’, Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum combining for a 109-run second wicket stand as the Heat made light work of the Hurricanes’ total of 9/173, winning by seven wickets.
Wednesday night’s thrilling victory saw history re-written once more, with D’Arcy Short’s stunning 122 not out, a new record individual BBL score, and a thrilling final over finish in which tensions threatened to bubble over.
WATCH: Jofra's last-ball catch secures the Hurricanes victory against the Heat in BBL07
There is no questioning that these two sides have history ahead of Monday’s clash at Blundstone Arena.
Another chapter will be written in this fascinating rivalry. Who will get the upper hand this time around?