Heat v Scorchers, BBL 2012-13, Brisbane December 18, 2012

Perth Scorchers trounce Brisbane Heat at Gabba

Perth Scorchers 1 for 51 (Coulter-Nile 23*) beat Brisbane Heat 4 for 109 (Lynn 51, Christian 37*) by nine wickets (D/L method)
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Rain threatened to extinguish the Heat and Scorchers at the Gabba but instead it ignited an incredible display of power hitting as Nathan Coulter-Nile and Shaun Marsh took 29 from the last six balls of the match to chase down the Duckworth-Lewis target of 51 inside five overs.

Less than a week after rain helped inflict a farcical loss at the hands of the Melbourne Stars, Perth got the benefit of the Duckworth-Lewis in Brisbane.

The Heat, having been sent in to bat, were moving towards a healthy total at 4 for 109 with 41 balls remaining in their innings when persistent rain intervened and ended their innings prematurely. The rain stopped just in time to allow a five-over run chase. The Heat seemed to have it in control after three overs. James Hopes had removed the dangerous Herschelle Gibbs and the Scorchers needed 28 from 10 balls.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, who earlier seemed a villain for Perth with the ball, conceding 39 from his three overs, was promoted to No. 3 and it proved a master-stroke from Simon Katich. The powerful right-hand batsman edged Dan Christian fine to third man to make it 24 required from 9 deliveries. He then hit Christian inside out over the expansive cover fence for six to make it 18 from 8. The next ball from Christian was drilled through cover along the carpet for four more. Fourteen needed from 7 deliveries. Christian then delivered a half-volley in the slot and Coulter-Nile hit it 101m back over the bowler's head. Twenty-one was taken from the over. Coulter-Nile had scored 23 from just six balls faced and the Scorchers needed only 8 from the fifth over to win.

Shaun Marsh had only found the boundary once in his 11 off 9 balls to this point. He swung Thisara Perera lustily to deep-square but a brilliant diving stop from Ben Cutting saved two runs to leave 6 off 5 required. Marsh needed just one as he drove the Sri Lanka bowler powerfully straight for six and the Scorchers had won the lottery. This was the tenth successful chase in ten games so far in the tournament.

The Heat would be left to wonder what might have been after Chris Lynn and Christian rescued their innings from a disastrous start. Luke Pomersbach and Hopes both fell to Alfonso Thomas in the first over of the match, Pomersbach to a sensational running catch by Hilton Cartwright on the rope.

Joe Burns holed out in the fourth over from Michael Beer to leave the Heat reeling at 3 for 19. But then Lynn took charge. He clubbed 18 from Coulter-Nile's second over, did the same to Cartwright in the ninth, before taking a second helping of 16 from Coulter-Nile in the 11th, with each over featuring a massive six. Lynn brought up the fastest fifty of the tournament before picking out Thomas on the square-leg rope to end his electric 29-ball innings.

Christian's cameo was important and threatened to become much more than that but rain halted his charge, doused the Heat, and gave the Scorchers the chance to win their second match in a row and put themselves back into tournament contention.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • Glenn on December 20, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    EnglishCricket - how would you know? Have you even seen it? How do you know no-one watches it? Are you in charge of the ratings for Foxtel? The answer to all of these is probably no.

  • Pelham on December 19, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @Scott Musgrave and Gilly4ever: I have a lot of sympathy for the view that 5 overs is too short - The comment "Perth won it in 6 balls of big hitting" could apply just as well in a contest reduced to 5 overs before the start without a D/L adjusted target. Possibly the minimum could be set at 8 or 10 overs - D/L does not seem to cause many problems under those conditions. However, the authorities have decided that 5 over matches are to be allowed in this competition, and D/L still seems to be the best system available. The claim that it favours the team batting 2nd far too much is often made, but I have never seen anyone back up that claim with reliable evidence. It is unhelpful to say that someone else should think up a better system. If you wish to replace D/L, then it is up to you to find a better system, produce user-friendly software to implement it, and show that it outperforms D/L on average across the whole range of situations where it may be needed.

  • kieran on December 19, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    Isn't it great to see prospective test players honing their skills in the BBL instead of that pesky shield competition? Also a timely reminder; Watson isn't the only all-rounder in the country.

  • Ben on December 19, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    @Englishcricket, either way any things better than England's crappy Friends Life T20 comp & if its so crap, why have you bothered to comment?? by the way maybe check your stats first, this BB is hitting record TV audience numbers & is quite the opposite to what you mention...

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    I think it's a bit of a joke having the Duckworth-Lewis system used for Twenty20 games. They need to think up a better way of deciding games. When you know you have wickets in hand you can go hard like the Scorchers did. I think the Heat can feel a bit hard done by. Had it been a full match it would have been much more competitive.

  • Adrian on December 18, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Duckworth-Lewis doesn't work for 5 over contests. Brisbane could justifiably feel ripped off as they were dominating as at when the rain came, and could have finished with 180-200, which Perth would have had a lot of difficulty chasing down. Instead, Perth won it in 6 balls of big hitting. They really need a better system for such over-short contests, as it currently favours the team batting 2nd far too much.

  • Per on December 18, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    What an ignorant title. Trounced? Don't think so! These Lewis & Duckworth results are a farce & ruins a game that is already watered down to the max! They'd be better off playing the game again instead of this kinda hit & giggle.....

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    2 from 2 getting some good momentum!

  • Joe on December 18, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    BBL is an overrated tournament. Hardly anyone watches this game and lack of crowd, don't let the picture fool you.

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