Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder, BBL, Brisbane January 17, 2012

Christian keeps Heat in finals' race

The Report by Andrew Fuss

Brisbane Heat 195 for 4 (Christian 75*, Lynn 37) beat Sydney Thunder 104 for 6 (Khawaja 37) by 91 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Brisbane Heat have sensationally moved into fourth place in the Big Bash points table thanks to a crushing win over the Sydney Thunder at the Gabba.

Having lost their first four matches, the Heat seemed out of the finals' race. But three consecutive wins including tonight's 91-run win has pushed them ahead of the Stars on net run-rate.

The Heat will now rely on the Adelaide Strikers defeating the Melbourne Stars in Thursday's do-or-die clash at the MCG.

The Thunder started positively with debutant Nick Bills removing the dangerous Brendon McCullum for just 6 before Scott Coyte had Matthew Hayden caught at mid-on the next over.

But two partnerships anchored by Man of the Match Dan Christian (75 off 47 balls) stabilised the innings before he and Chris Lynn (37 off 17) plundered 71 runs off just 27 balls to set up a huge target.

Coyte (1 for 23) was the pick of the bowlers for the young Thunder side, who were fielding two debutants - Bills and Matthew Day.

Brisbane got off to a dream start with the ball with Alister McDermott removing the most dangerous man in world T20 cricket, Chris Gayle, first ball to a short and wide delivery outside off that Gayle edged through to the keeper.

Tim Cruickshank was gone later that over and the visitors went into their shells, struggling for runs and losing wickets at regular intervals to slump to the biggest runs loss in the Big Bash League this year.

All eyes will now be on Thursday night's clash between the Stars and the Strikers, with four teams vying for just one spot in the finals. The Thunder are almost certain to finish the season in last place.

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  • Roo on January 19, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    @Gizza... Yes agree... They blew their budget on 2 players with 1 only playing the 1 game... No bowling or batting depth... Maybe should allow a couple more internationals to play as with only 6 SS teams there is a lack of experienced players... With the BBL looking to expand the teams regionally it will only get worse... Being saying for a long time that we need 8-10 SS teams playing to give players that FC experience... Maybe the BBL will now allow that...

  • Ryan on January 18, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Dan Christian just went up a notch...he's "now at notch 1".

  • Girik on January 18, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Well the Thunder have learnt their lesson. Don't rely on two stars (Gayle and Warner) when the rest of your team shouldn't even be participating in this competition. You're better off getting players in the middle of the pack rather than load the team with a few big names and rest rubbish even in T20. Yes in a single T20 game it is possible for one player to win the game on their own but an entire T20 tournament is like a Test match (and a single T20 game like a session). You need consistent performances from at least 5-6 players.

  • Andrew on January 18, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Good to see Lynn get some runs.

  • Murray on January 18, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    And who said test cricket was boring???? Eat your words!!

  • Morgan on January 17, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Getting into the business end of the 20/20 seasons in NZ and AUS now, great to see such cricket being played. Alan Boarder stated it very well last night, every ball, run, wicket, catch is vital! And this is proven in the contest for fourth place in this KFC big bash

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    As a recently converted American cricket fan, this really exemplifies what I love about the game (and yes, I am both a fan of Test & T20 versions). A team that was 1-4 last place all season manages to turn around and snag a spot in the semi-finals in two games. In most any other sport, any team that was in last place at this point in the season would be completely out of the running (though understandably shorter seasons and only 8 teams makes it easier to bounce up and down the ladder). I think more sports would benefit from a system like the NRR, so that teams are rewarded for how well they play, and not solely judged on their win/loss ratio.

  • Dummy4 on January 17, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    un believable who thought that after loosing first four matches "HEATS" will be the contender for making semifinal spot.........

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