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December 13, 2012
Brisbane Heat 7 for 186 (Pomersbach 65) beat Adelaide Strikers 8 for 185 (Ferguson 52, Perera 3-27, McDermott 3-48) by 3 wickets
Gary Putland was taken for 15 from the final over of the night as Brisbane Heat thrillingly overhauled the Adelaide Strikers in the BBL match at Adelaide Oval.
The Heat had been given a strong chance at chasing down their target of 186 by a punchy 65 at the top of the order by Luke Pomersbach, before regular wickets through the middle of the innings slowed their progress.
In the end four runs were needed from the final ball, the wicketkeeper Chris Hartley sealed the result by hitting to the cover boundary where Callum Ferguson narrowly failed to keep the ball from touching the rope. Peter Forrest had earlier creamed the third ball of the over for six, also, over cover to give the Heat a chance.
The Strikers' innings had made a halting start in the absence of Phillip Hughes on Test match duty, slipping to 3 for 34 before Ferguson and Nathan Reardon steadied things. After Reardon's departure Kieron Pollard awed a sell-out crowd by clumping 48 from 23 balls, including a trio of sixes.
Pomersbach's early flourish and a composed 37 from Joe Burns then put the Heat well on course, only for the visitors to lose 6 for 65 through the middle of the innings. Tim Ludeman claimed a spectacular catch to dismiss Thisara Perera from Pollard's medium pace, and a match of momentum swings would require one final twist when Forrest and Hartley set about Putland.
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