Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars, BBL, Brisbane January 3, 2013

All-round Hopes takes Heat to victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brisbane Heat 5 for 171 (Hopes 49, Christian 27, Malinga 3-26) beat Melbourne Stars 9 for 147 (Wright 34, Perera 3-18, Hopes 3-28) by 24 runs
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Brisbane Heat clinched a 24-run win over Melbourne Stars at the Gabba following a collective effort from their batsmen who helped them post 171. Captain James Hopes, who opened the batting, led the way with 49, though he was one of two wickets to fall in quick succession with the team score on 96. But Daniel Christian and Chris Lynn didn't let the momentum drop, and dealt some significant blows towards the death. The last three balls of the innings fetched 14 runs, after the pair had added a quick 43.

Hopes' was an impressive all-round display as he also picked up three wickets to restrict the Stars to 147. The Stars' top five each got starts and a second-wicket stand of 48 between Luke Wright and Brad Hodge gave their team hope. But Hopes broke that partnership and picked up two more, and Thisara Perera chipped in with three wickets of his own, including that of John Hastings who had begun to look threatening with a 11-ball 22. Heat are currently fifth in the table and the Stars second.

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  • Sean on January 4, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    this match got 25 000 fellas i dont think thats struggling to draw a crowd

  • Girik on January 4, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    The BBL is getting good crowds at the one team cities. So it seems the biggest mistake rather was making two Sydney and Melbourne teams rather than they other funky changes and general expansion of domestic T20.

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Would like to know exactly what Shane Warne was up to as captain in the last couple of overs, when he seemed to be instructing his batsmen to avoid losing wickets and block out the last few balls in a lost game. Was he scared to go out and have a bat? Or was he worried about the net run rate? Surely if NRR is the concern, the best way to bolster it is to score a few more runs??

  • Dummy4 on January 3, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    People like MaskRider should check facts before commenting. I was at the ground and the attendance was 24 570. It was a big crowd and a great atmosphere. He may be right about crowds at other venues but he should save his comments for those matches.

  • Paul on January 3, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Hopes should be the second all-rounder in the national squad. Yeah, MaskRider, a mere 24500, these BBLs are really struggling to draw a crowd :D

  • Chris on January 3, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Hardly any crowd for these BBL matches :D

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