Hurricanes v Heat, BBL 2012-13, Hobart January 12, 2013

Heat in semis after Pomersbach assault

ESPNcricinfo staff

Brisbane Heat 2 for 152 (Pomersbach 82, Burns 41*) beat Hobart Hurricanes 3 for 150 (Wells 40*, Christian 2-32) by eight wickets

Luke Pomersbach's brutal assault at the top of the order fired Brisbane Heat to the semi-final of the BBL as they dished out an eight-wicket mauling to Hobart Hurricanes at the Bellerive Oval. Pomersbach smashed 82 off just 42 balls as Heat overhauled the 151-run target in the 15th over to get the much-needed win which put them on equal points with Hurricanes and Adelaide strikers, but their superior run rate helped them set up a semi-final clash with Melbourne Renegades.

Pomersbach set about the chase at a frenetic pace on a sticky Hobart pitch and was particularly severe on Doug Bollinger and Jason Krejza. While Bollinger was taken for 27 off his first two overs, Krejza leaked 31 from his two.

Pomersbach brought up his half-century off 24 balls, the fastest fifty of this year's competition, and hit 13 fours and two sixes. Bollinger removed the other opener, Peter Forrest, early, but a 107-run stand in less than 10 overs between Pomerbach and Joe Burns ended Hurricanes' tournament.

"We're the underdogs now,'' Pomersbach said on the team's entry to the knockouts. "We're going in there, we're going to give it everything and I've got a really good feeling about it.''

"We probably misjudged the wicket a little bit although I think it probably suited their bowlers, that sort of slow medium pace,'' Hurricanes captain Tim Paine said.

Hurricanes chose to bat first and made a steady start with a 47-run opening partnership, but the scoring rate stayed below seven for almost three-quarters of the innings. Only some late aggression by Jonathan Wells - 40 off 24- and Owais Shah, 32 off 28, helped the team to get to 150. James Hopes was miserly in his bowling, giving away 18 off four overs, while Dan Christian picked up two wickets.

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  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    congrets but i want to see you in this years champions league T20

  • Andrew on January 13, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    Really stoked for Pomersbach. I hope he keeps applying himself, his talent will get rewarded IF he hangs in there. Who knows where he could of been now had he prioritised cricket earlier!

  • $$ milind on January 13, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Good 2 see Pomersbach in top 5 run getters list... He always had the potential throughout his career and a highly rated county and australia domestic player but now his career is about 2 end , its just gr8 2 see him especially after at that terrible IPL incident

  • kieran on January 12, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Luke Pomersbach, another wasted talent.

  • kieran on January 12, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    @ yorkshire-86, have you seen Krejza bowl? He spins a ball more than any offie I've ever seen. He bowled more overs than anyone in his debut match and took his wickets at 30 a piece, I think thats very acceptable for any spinner let alone one on debut. Krejza's problem is his high economy rate which comes from his tendency to drop short from his high arm action and heavy spin. For the record I think he was unfairly maligned after the loss in Perth to SA and he deserved more opportunities to work on his game at the highest level.

  • ashley on January 12, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Krejza ave in that match was 29.8 which is ok, especially on debut. The only other bowler not to get hammered in that match was Watson (5/80 odd), the other 5 bowlers were slaughtered. Warne's ave in india is over 40. Get some perspective

  • Jeff on January 12, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    I remember when Krejza was actually given a Test match. People rate him because he took 12 wicks on debut, but seemed to forget he shipped over 300 runs too. Any bowler who ships over 100 usually has cost their team the match (hence why Sri Lanka lost so many games despite Murali taking 6-7 wicks an innings, captains were scared to hook him when he was recieving tap), but over 300 is terminal. And he proved it again, 2 overs costing over 30. He dosnt bowl spin, he bowls slow pies with hit me written on them.

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