Brisbane has registered its first win of the Big Bash League season by downing Perth in a thriller at Optus Stadium.
Master blast Chris Lynn (33) lead the charge for the Heat and then it was Joe Burns and Ben Cutting who brought the win home. Cutting hit Jhye Richardson for 20 runs off one over to win it.
The Scorchers had posted 6-134 thanks to openers Michael Klinger (26) and Cameron Bancroft (24) at the top, and then Ashton Turner who belted 47.
Ashton Turner was the standout in the Scorchers’ innings, hitting 47 from 30 balls as the rest of his teammates struggled to build momentum. He struck four boundaries and a six, backing up knocks of 60 not out and 49 earlier in the tournament.
Turner didn’t field after hurting his shoulder during his impressive innings. Nathan Coulter-Nile also produced an impressive spell of bowling, returning 3-25 from his four overs, which included 10 dot balls.
The Heat’s Ben Cutting took centre stage when the game was on the line to lead his team to their first win of BBL|08. Big-hitting Cutting hammered 20 runs – two fours and two sixes – from the 18th over, which was bowled by Jhye Richardson, to seal victory.
Cutting’s onslaught left the Heat needing one run to win from the final two overs of the match. Cutting finished unbeaten on 26 from 16 balls and combined with Joe Burns (20 not out) for an unbroken 47-run stand.
The allrounder also grabbed two wickets at Optus Stadium. Heat skipper Chris Lynn made an important 33 at No.3 for the visiting side.
McCullum grasses ‘catch of the century’
Brisbane Heat veteran Brendon McCullum could have been on Big Bash League highlight reels for the rest of time. By morning the vision could have even gone viral around the world.
Instead he’s left wondering what might have been.
It was in the 14th over of the first innings in Perth when he was fielding at long-off that the ball was belted in his direction.
McCullum flew off the ground and clasped the white leather in his right mit, and it looked like he had taken the screamer.
But when he landed the ball bounced out.
His captain Chris Lynn told Fox Cricket McCullum had blame the stadium lights in his eyes for the spill.
Fox Cricket commentator Mel Jones reckoned it could have been the “catch of the century”!
The Brilliant catch:
Brendon McCullum has had a tough run with the bat so far this tournament, but the former New Zealand skipper and Heat Bash Brother was on fire in the field tonight with this fine catch…