Another chapter in the thrilling rivalry between the Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat looks set to be written on Wednesday night when the two sides meet for the first time this tournament.
The Hobart Hurricanes and Brisbane Heat have developed a fascinating rivalry since the inception of the BBL, with five of the ten highest scores in Big Bash history coming out of matches between these two clubs.
The Hurricanes currently hold a 6-4 advantage in the overall head-to-head history between the two sides, but will be desperate to get one back after falling to the Heat last time they met in BBL06.
The match held on 30 December 2016 was a good one for the Heat, with the ‘Bash Brothers’ of Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn taking the match away from the Hurricanes.
After being sent in to bat first by Heat skipper McCullum, the Hurricanes managed to post a total of 9/173, a score that looked to be below par on an excellent batting track.
Dan Christian top scored for the visitors with 33 off 23 balls while Jonathan Wells (28 off 25), D’Arcy Short (18 off 12), Hamish Kingston (17 off 10) and Clive Rose (17 not out) all made starts without going on to register a match-winning score.
Jack Wildermuth (2-26), Mark Steketee (2-29) and Samuel Badree (1-26) were the standouts with the ball for the home side in a disciplined bowling effort.
The Heat lost opener Jimmy Peirson early in reply for just 1, but a scintillating 109-run stand between McCullum and Lynn proved to be the difference as the two ‘Bash Brothers’ smashed 14 boundaries and 11 sixes between them.
McCullum’s 72 off 35 balls was dynamic, while Lynn’s phenomenal 84 off 50 balls earned him Player Of The Match honours as the Heat reached 3/174 in just 16.2 overs.
Cameron Boyce was the most impressive of the Hurricanes' bowling attack finishing with figures of 1-29 in trying circumstances.
This result was the first time the Heat had defeated the Hurricanes in two attempts, and helped reduce the head-to-head differential between the two outfits.
With the Hurricanes in breathtaking touch and the Heat on a roll, Wednesday night’s re-match promises to be a thrilling affair as these two sides look to write another chapter in one of the BBL’s most entertaining rivalries.