Brisbane Heat’s Bash Brothers have put on a show in Geelong, driving the visitors to a thumping 101-run win over Melbourne Renegades.
Sent in to bat on Sunday, the Heat piled on 4-192 at GMHBA Stadium – the third-highest total of the season – before bowling out the hapless Renegades for 91 off 17.5 overs.
It is the second-highest BBL defeat by runs after Melbourne Stars’ 112-run victory over the Renegades in the 2015-16 season.
Brendon McCullum (69) and Chris Lynn (66 not out) were in typically audacious form but it was the Heat’s newest big-hitting specialist, 19-year-old opener Max Bryant, who had the visitors firing from the start.
Bryant (44 of 24 balls) reeled off four consecutive boundaries as one-time Test paceman Joe Mennie went for 23 runs off his second over.
“Max Bryant and Brendon McCullum have built awesome platforms for me to come in and really take my time or launch early if I want to,” Lynn said.
“They’re really complementing my game.”
“Everything that could go wrong probably did go wrong,” Renegades captain Tom Cooper said.
“They made it look like a very good wicket so we were reasonably confident that we could have a good dip at it, if not chase it down. To capitulate like that is obviously very disappointing.”
‘Bash brothers’ Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum smashed plenty of sixes but it was a 16-year-old who stole the show at Geelong.
CROWD MEMBERS CRAZY CATCH ATTEMPT
Ever since the launch of T20 cricket, crowd catches off sixes have been encouraged and spoken about by commentators right around the world.
But fans at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium may have witnessed one of the best attempts yet.
As Chris Lynn launched the ball long into the stands, 16-year-old Tom did his best to hold on to the catch, running alongside the blacked out section of the crowd behind the bowlers arm.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan declared it “would’ve been the greatest catch of all time” as the commentators erupted in laughter as the teenager gave it all in his attempt at a crowd catch.
“Pretty crazy, adrenaline rush,” he told Fox Cricket during the first innings.
This would’ve been the greatest catch in sporting history 😂😂
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 13, 2019