Big Bash League - 1st semi final

Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat

Brisbane Heat won by 15 runs

Hi and welcome to tonight's semi-final between the Renegades and the Heat at Etihad Stadium.

Brisbane have won the toss and will bat first.

The Heat only just snuck into the finals and will be up against the odds facing the red-hot Renegades on their home turf.

So much rests on the shoulders of the big-hitting Luke Pomersbach for the Heat, but they've also been strengthened by the return of Ben Cutting from international duty. He replaces Chris Sabburg.

The Renegades go from strength to strength with the return of captain Aaron Finch from international duty and Murali who was rested against the Sixers. Finch will be joined at the top of the order by the powerful Alex Hales, who smashed 89 off 52 in his first game as a Renegade last week - just hours after he'd jumped off the plane.

Breaking news: Heat captain James Hopes has been injured in the warm-up and will not play tonight. He's been replaced by Sabburg at the last minute.

0.1

O'Brien to Pomersbach, no run, pushed to mid wicket where the bowler fields

0.2

O'Brien to Pomersbach, 3 runs, full and wide of off, advances and gets an outside edge down to third man

A bit streaky there but he'll take the runs however he can get them this early.

0.3

O'Brien to Forrest, no run, bit of width and driven to cover

0.4

O'Brien to Forrest, 1 run, bit of turn there, pushed to point

0.5

O'Brien to Pomersbach, no run, defended to point

0.6

O'Brien to Pomersbach, no run, driven to point, can't find the gap

End of over 1 (4 runs) Brisbane Heat 4/0
LA Pomersbach    3* (4b)      AW O'Brien    1-0-4-0
PJ Forrest    1* (2b)     

1.1

Sheridan to Forrest, no run, stays very low outside off, can't connect as it skids through

1.2

Sheridan to Forrest, 1 run, worked to mid wicket

1.3

Sheridan to Pomersbach, 1 run, length outside off, inside edge to square leg

1.4

Sheridan to Forrest, no run, length on off, punched to point

1.5

Sheridan to Forrest, 1 run, length outside off, guided down to third man nicely

1.6

Sheridan to Pomersbach, 1 run, advances down the wicket and gives himself some room, punches to cover but can't quite pierce the infield

End of over 2 (4 runs) Brisbane Heat 8/0
LA Pomersbach    5* (6b)      WD Sheridan    1-0-4-0
PJ Forrest    3* (6b)      AW O'Brien    1-0-4-0

2.1

Pattinson to Pomersbach, FOUR, just back of a length on off, controls the pull shot backward of square on the leg side

That last one stayed a bit low again

2.2

Pattinson to Pomersbach, FOUR, dances down the wicket and slashes it through mid wicket

2.3

Pattinson to Pomersbach, no run, good length on off, cramps hiim for space, defends to cover

2.4

Pattinson to Pomersbach, 1 leg bye, dances down the wicket and gets it off the thigh pad to square leg

2.5

Pattinson to Forrest, OUT, full outside off, he swings hard and tries to go over mid on, but doesn't get enough of it and Sheridan takes a simple catch

PJ Forrest c Sheridan b Pattinson 3 (12m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

2.6

Pattinson to Burns, no run, length on off, defends to cover

End of over 3 (9 runs) Brisbane Heat 17/1
JA Burns    0* (1b)      DJ Pattinson    1-0-8-1
LA Pomersbach    13* (10b 2x4)      WD Sheridan    1-0-4-0

3.1

Sheridan to Pomersbach, FOUR, slower ball low full toss, advances down the wicket and smashes it over mid wicket

3.2

Sheridan to Pomersbach, no run, angled in at the pads, hits the knee roll and squirts out to point

3.3

Sheridan to Pomersbach, no run, backs away and Sheridan chases him, hitting on the pads again

3.4

Sheridan to Pomersbach, FOUR, full outside off, advances down and gets a thick outside edge to short third man, Murali completely mistimes his jump and misses what would have been a tough catch

3.5

Sheridan to Pomersbach, no run, full toss on off, smashes the cover drive but picks out the man. He hit that like a rocket, looks good out there

3.6

Sheridan to Pomersbach, 1 run, slower ball guided to short third man

End of over 4 (9 runs) Brisbane Heat 26/1
LA Pomersbach    22* (16b 4x4)      WD Sheridan    2-0-13-0
JA Burns    0* (1b)      DJ Pattinson    1-0-8-1

4.1

Rimmington to Pomersbach, FOUR, brilliant yorker on off, Pomersbach does ever so well to keep it out and get an outside edge down to third man

4.2

Rimmington to Pomersbach, no run, advances down the wicket and can't connect on the cut shot

4.3

Rimmington to Pomersbach, FOUR, drives hard on the front foot through cover, didn't middle it, but got enough for a boundary

4.4

Rimmington to Pomersbach, 1 run, cramped for space this time, pushed to mid wicket

This pitch is staying very low early on here, not easy to get the timing right, which makes Pomersbach's start even more impressive

4.5

Rimmington to Burns, no run, advances and cross bats to mid on

4.6

Rimmington to Burns, FOUR, full toss outside off, smashes it over cover, easy pickings really

End of over 5 (13 runs) Brisbane Heat 39/1
JA Burns    4* (3b 1x4)      NJ Rimmington    1-0-13-0
LA Pomersbach    31* (20b 6x4)      WD Sheridan    2-0-13-0

5.1

O'Brien to Pomersbach, 3 runs, full and driven straight back down the ground to long off, Rimmington comes around from long on to stop on the rope

5.2

O'Brien to Burns, no run, steps forward to defend

5.3

O'Brien to Burns, no run, advances and drives to mid wicket

5.4

O'Brien to Burns, 2 runs, short on leg, mistimes the pull shot to deep square leg where Hales misfields to allow a second

5.5

O'Brien to Burns, 2 runs, advances down and gets a big inside edge on a dirty slog

5.6

O'Brien to Burns, no run, steps back to defend to cover

End of over 6 (7 runs) Brisbane Heat 46/1
JA Burns    8* (8b 1x4)      AW O'Brien    2-0-11-0
LA Pomersbach    34* (21b 6x4)      NJ Rimmington    1-0-13-0

6.1

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, 1 run, pushes to cover

6.2

Muralitharan to Burns, 1 run, punched to long on

6.3

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, 1 run, punched to long on

6.4

Muralitharan to Burns, no run, big shout for LBW, but pitching outside leg you'd think

6.5

Muralitharan to Burns, 1 run, punched to long on

Replays show that LBW shout was pitching in line and was hitting middle, very lucky

6.6

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, 1 run, flicked through mid wicket

Teams seem very content to get 6 an over off Murali, they just don't want to lose wickets to him

End of over 7 (5 runs) Brisbane Heat 51/1
LA Pomersbach    37* (24b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0
JA Burns    10* (11b 1x4)      AW O'Brien    2-0-11-0

7.1

Pattinson to Pomersbach, 1 run, low full toss chipped just short of long on

7.2

Pattinson to Burns, 2 runs, guided to third man and they run well for two

7.3

Pattinson to Burns, FOUR, full toss outside off, smashes it over cover into the gap, nicely played

7.4

Pattinson to Burns, no run, digs a yorker out, nicely bowled

7.5

Pattinson to Burns, SIX, short on leg and he has punished that into the second tier here at Etihad, huge shot

That very nearly hit the roof like Finch did, a huge six measuring 101 metre

7.6

Pattinson to Burns, 1 run, driven to mid off

End of over 8 (14 runs) Brisbane Heat 65/1
JA Burns    23* (16b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Pattinson    2-0-23-1
LA Pomersbach    39* (25b 6x4)      M Muralitharan    1-0-5-0

8.1

Muralitharan to Burns, 1 wide, strays just down the leg side

8.1

Muralitharan to Burns, 1 run, pushed to point

8.2

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, no run, defends to mid wicket

8.3

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, no run, quicker and it grips off the pitch, beats the edge as he tries to cut

8.4

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, FOUR, short down leg, helps it over short fine leg and very nearly over the rope, one bounce and over the rope

8.5

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, 1 run, cuts to deep point

8.6

Muralitharan to Burns, no run, defends back to the bowler

The umpires have found a big split down the seem of this ball and they've had procure another one before we get this game back underway

End of over 9 (7 runs) Brisbane Heat 72/1
JA Burns    24* (18b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    2-0-12-0
LA Pomersbach    44* (29b 7x4)      DJ Pattinson    2-0-23-1

9.1

Finch to Pomersbach, no run, driven straight back to the bowler

9.2

Finch to Pomersbach, 1 run, very close on the quicker ball, inside edge into the pads and down to third man

9.3

Finch to Burns, 1 run, driven to long on

9.4

Finch to Pomersbach, no run, yorker dug out to the off side

9.5

Finch to Pomersbach, 2 runs, full toss on off, driven to long on

9.6

Finch to Pomersbach, no run, full and wide of off, can't reach on the drive

That's a very handy over for the hosts, pulling the visitors back just a touch as they look to build.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Brisbane Heat 76/1
LA Pomersbach    47* (34b 7x4)      AJ Finch    1-0-4-0
JA Burns    25* (19b 2x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    2-0-12-0

10.1

O'Brien to Burns, 1 run, cut to deep point, they think about - but decide against - a second

10.2

O'Brien to Pomersbach, 1 run, flicked to deep square leg

10.3

O'Brien to Burns, 1 run, pushed to long on

10.4

O'Brien to Pomersbach, FOUR, full toss on leg, pulls over short fine leg, easy pickings to bring up another 50 for the comeback man

10.5

O'Brien to Pomersbach, 1 run, rocks back and punches hard to long off

10.6

O'Brien to Burns, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 11 (8 runs) Brisbane Heat 84/1
JA Burns    27* (22b 2x4 1x6)      AW O'Brien    3-0-19-0
LA Pomersbach    53* (37b 8x4)      AJ Finch    1-0-4-0

11.1

Rimmington to Pomersbach, no run, yorker length outside off, drives into the ground and back to the bowler

11.2

Rimmington to Pomersbach, no run, slower ball and he tries to go over mid wicket, can't connect as he's undone by the change of speed

11.3

Rimmington to Pomersbach, 1 run, driven to long off

11.4

Rimmington to Burns, no run, driven back to the bowler

11.5

Rimmington to Burns, 1 run, flicked through square leg

11.6

Rimmington to Pomersbach, 1 run, driven to long off

Another good over for the Renegades. They're doing well to restrict this pair who are well and truly settled at the crease now

End of over 12 (3 runs) Brisbane Heat 87/1
LA Pomersbach    55* (41b 8x4)      NJ Rimmington    2-0-16-0
JA Burns    28* (24b 2x4 1x6)      AW O'Brien    3-0-19-0

12.1

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, no run, reverse sweeps to short third man

12.2

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, no run, big turner beats the outside edge, great nut

12.3

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, FOUR, gutsy batting as he goes for another reverse sweep, getting it through this time as point can't stop it

12.4

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, 1 run, reverse sweeps again to short third man

12.5

Muralitharan to Burns, FOUR, uses his feet and goes long down to long on, just beating Sheridan at full stretch

12.6

Muralitharan to Burns, 1 run, whipped through square leg

End of over 13 (10 runs) Brisbane Heat 97/1
JA Burns    33* (26b 3x4 1x6)      M Muralitharan    3-0-22-0
LA Pomersbach    60* (45b 9x4)      NJ Rimmington    2-0-16-0

13.1

Finch to Burns, no run

13.2

Finch to Burns, OUT, gets down on one knee and smashes it down to long on, it goes high but doesn't quite get enough to clear the rope as Cooper takes right on the boundary

JA Burns c Cooper b Finch 33 (38m 28b 3x4 1x6) SR: 117.85

13.3

Finch to Pomersbach, FOUR, full on off, crushes it wide of mid wicket, great timing and great placement

13.4

Finch to Pomersbach, (no ball) SIX, full toss down leg side, smashes it over fine leg easy as you like...and he's got a free hit coming up

13.4

Finch to Pomersbach, no run, great yorker, dug out to mid wicket, well bowled

13.5

Finch to Pomersbach, FOUR, full and quicker, gets down on one knee and digs it out over short mid wicket, great timing again

13.6

Finch to Pomersbach, FOUR, backs away and goes over cover this time, he's hitting him everywhere

So Finch gets the breakthrough but then gets taken to by Pomersbach. If he stays out there, 170 or 180 is well and truly on the cards on this low and slow pitch

End of over 14 (19 runs) Brisbane Heat 116/2
LA Pomersbach    78* (50b 12x4 1x6)      AJ Finch    2-0-23-1
DT Christian    0* (0b)      M Muralitharan    3-0-22-0

14.1

Pattinson to Christian, 1 run, driven to long off

14.2

Pattinson to Pomersbach, no run, length outside off, bottom edges the cut shot into the ground and Neveill does well to stop

14.3

Pattinson to Pomersbach, 1 run, full toss outside off, advances down and gets a thick outside edge to third man

14.4

Pattinson to Christian, 1 run, driven to cover

14.5

Pattinson to Pomersbach, no run, slower ball stays low outside off, can't connect on the pull shot

14.6

Pattinson to Pomersbach, 1 run, full toss outside off, tries to ramp but hits it into his pads and out to point

End of over 15 (4 runs) Brisbane Heat 120/2
LA Pomersbach    80* (54b 12x4 1x6)      DJ Pattinson    3-0-27-1
DT Christian    2* (2b)      AJ Finch    2-0-23-1

15.1

O'Brien to Pomersbach, 1 run, driven to long on

15.2

O'Brien to Christian, 1 run, driven to long on

15.3

O'Brien to Pomersbach, 2 runs, backs away and outside edges the drive over gully

He's swinging hard now. A bit lucky, but when you go hard it often comes off

15.4

O'Brien to Pomersbach, 1 run, reverse sweeps a full toss to point

15.5

O'Brien to Christian, SIX, clears his front foot out and smashes it over mid wicket

15.6

O'Brien to Christian, 1 run, leading edge to cover

End of over 16 (12 runs) Brisbane Heat 132/2
DT Christian    10* (5b 1x6)      AW O'Brien    4-0-31-0
LA Pomersbach    84* (57b 12x4 1x6)      DJ Pattinson    3-0-27-1

16.1

Muralitharan to Christian, 1 run, cut out to point

16.2

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, FOUR, backs away and smashes over cover, great placement

16.3

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, 1 run, reverse sweeps straight to shrot third man, he hit that well too

16.4

Muralitharan to Christian, OUT, takes mid wicket on and smashes it straight down deep mid wicket's throat

DT Christian c Doolan b Muralitharan 11 (14m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 157.14

16.5

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, SIX, full outside off, gets down on one knee and smashes over long on, great shot and pure force

16.6

Muralitharan to Pomersbach, 1 run, reverse sweeps to short third man

End of over 17 (13 runs) Brisbane Heat 145/3
LA Pomersbach    96* (61b 13x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    4-0-35-1
CA Lynn    0* (0b)      AW O'Brien    4-0-31-0

17.1

Sheridan to Pomersbach, 1 bye, slower ball beats him all ends up and very nearly takes leg stump, they sneak through for a single as Nevill misfields

17.2

Sheridan to Lynn, 1 run, drives to cover to get Pomersbach back on strike

17.3

Sheridan to Pomersbach, 2 runs, pulls through mid wicket and they run well for two

Pomersbach is now the highest scorere in this competition

17.4

Sheridan to Pomersbach, 1 run, slower ball pulled to deep square leg

17.5

Sheridan to Lynn, no run, cramps him for space, driven to point

17.6

Sheridan to Lynn, FOUR, slower ball short on off, doesn't time the pull shot perfectly but gets enough to find the gap at deep mid wicket

End of over 18 (9 runs) Brisbane Heat 154/3
CA Lynn    5* (3b 1x4)      WD Sheridan    3-0-21-0
LA Pomersbach    99* (64b 13x4 2x6)      M Muralitharan    4-0-35-1

18.1

Rimmington to Pomersbach, 2 runs, full outside off, drives wide of long off to bring up a brilliant century when his team needed it most

18.2

Rimmington to Pomersbach, 1 run, driven to deep cover

What a knock it has been by Pomersbach. He's put the Heat into a position of real power on a pitch that' he's made look easy

18.3

Rimmington to Lynn, no run, stays low on leg as he tries to flick to fine leg, hits the pad and balloons back to the bowler

18.4

Rimmington to Lynn, 1 run, full toss on leg, flicked to deep squre leg

18.5

Rimmington to Pomersbach, FOUR, full toss outside off and this time he gets lucky, swings hard and gets an edge along the ground fine of short third man, he deserves his luck

18.6

Rimmington to Pomersbach, 1 run, drives to long on

End of over 19 (9 runs) Brisbane Heat 163/3
LA Pomersbach    107* (68b 14x4 2x6)      NJ Rimmington    3-0-25-0
CA Lynn    6* (5b 1x4)      WD Sheridan    3-0-21-0

19.1

Sheridan to Pomersbach, FOUR, picks the slower ball straight away and pulls it out to deep mid wicket, finding the gap with ease, great shot

19.2

Sheridan to Pomersbach, 1 run, full toss on leg, flicked to deep square leg

19.3

Sheridan to Lynn, FOUR, full on off, stands and delivers, smashing it over the bowler's head

19.4

Sheridan to Lynn, SIX, another slower ball on a good length, smashes it on the pull shot over deep square leg, what a hit

19.5

Sheridan to Lynn, 1 wide, full and well wide of off, that's been forced as a result of the great hitting we're seeing here

19.5

Sheridan to Lynn, 2 runs, length outside off, outside edge wide of the keeper down to third man

19.6

Sheridan to Lynn, 2 runs, mistimes the drive wide of long on, but it's good enough for two

I said before the innings that much of the pressure was on Luke Pomersbch's shoulders - and didn't he just thrive under the pressure! A magnificent hundred with shots all around the ground using a mixture of placement and pure power.

The Heat are now well and truly in the box seat against the Renegades, who came into the game as red-hot favourites.

The Renegades won't be writing themselves off just yet though, with arguably the most powerful opening partnership in the league in Finch and Hales set do their best to get the hosts home. Stay tuned for the chase.

Match State: Innings Break

End of over 20 (20 runs) Brisbane Heat 183/3
CA Lynn    20* (9b 2x4 1x6)      WD Sheridan    4-0-41-0
LA Pomersbach    112* (70b 15x4 2x6)      NJ Rimmington    3-0-25-0
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Photos

Jan 15, 2013

Luke Pomersbach smashed a 70-ball 112, Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, 1st semi-final, Melbourne (Docklands), January 13, 2015

Luke Pomersbach smashed a 70-ball 112

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Jan 15, 2013

Luke Pomersbach scored a commanding century to lead Brisbane Heat to the final, Melbourne Renegades v Brisbane Heat, 1st semi-final, Melbourne (Docklands), January 15, 2013

Luke Pomersbach scored a commanding century to lead Brisbane Heat to the final

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