Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, BBL final, Perth

Brisbane Heat cruise to BBL title

The Report by Brydon Coverdale

January 19, 2013

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Brisbane Heat 5 for 167 (Burns 43) beat Perth Scorchers 9 for 133 (Voges 49, Roach 3-18) by 34 runs
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Joe Burns top scored for the Heat with 43 off 27 balls, Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat, BBL final, Perth, January 19, 2013
Joe Burns made an important 43 for the Heat © Getty Images
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Kemar Roach, the Brisbane Heat's big-name international signing, entered the BBL final having taken only two wickets in his seven games, but he stepped up when it mattered most to help deliver the title against the Perth Scorchers. Roach collected 3 for 18 from his four overs and together with Man-of-the-Match Nathan Hauritz, who bowled tightly and took three terrific outfield catches, ensured the Heat would defend their 5 for 167 with relative ease.

In the end the Heat won by 34 runs as the Scorchers' chase petered out and they finished their 20 overs at 9 for 133, too much work having been left for the lower order. For the second consecutive year, the Scorchers suffered the disappointment of hosting the final, entering it as favourites, and emerging without the trophy, but by reaching this stage they at least qualified to take part in a second consecutive Champions League later in the year.

Still, they would have felt at the halfway point of this game that they were in with a strong chance. On a good batting pitch, 168 was the kind of chase that would require a very solid batting performance, and was certainly gettable. But the absence from their top order of Herschelle Gibbs, who injured his hamstring in the semi-final against the Melbourne Stars, hurt the Scorchers more than the loss of captain James Hopes (hamstring) did the Heat.

Marcus Stoinis, in his third match of the tournament, was asked to replace Gibbs at the top of the order and was undone by Roach's pace and bounce, when his top edge was brilliantly caught at third man by Hauritz. An even better outfield take from Hauritz got rid of Shaun Marsh, who on 16 pulled Ben Cutting and was caught when Hauritz leapt and snared the ball above his head at deep backward square leg.

The runs just weren't flowing for the Scorchers, who had started slowly against the offspin of Hauritz, who bowled the first over of the innings. At precisely the halfway point of the chase, Marcus North top-edged a pull off Daniel Christian and was caught for 24 off 23 balls and the Scorchers still needed a further 102 runs from their final 10 overs, which despite a fighting innings from Adam Voges, proved out of reach.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, sent up the order as a pinch-hitter, holed out on 16 to the part-time spin of Chris Lynn and provided Hauritz with a third catch, and batting at No.6 Michael Hussey couldn't conjure the magic required and was caught at long-off for 10. The Scorchers' remaining hopes ended when Roach picked up Simon Katich for a duck and Voges for 49 in the 18th over, both caught in the deep by Chris Sabburg.

As it turned out, the Heat had accumulated more than enough runs after choosing to bat. They had Joe Burns and Christian to thank for that, after the openers Luke Pomersbach and Peter Forrest made a steady but far from spectacular start. Jason Behrendorff got rid of both openers, Forrest for 17 off 16 balls and Pomersbach for 37 from 38, although Brad Hogg's tight spin-bowling had been a major factor in building the pressure that brought the wickets at the other end.

But Burns managed to lift the tempo and his innings of 43 from 27 balls was all the more frustrating for the Scorchers because he could have been out from the next delivery after Pomersbach fell. Burns pulled Behrendorff and the ball seemed destined to find Marsh at deep square leg, but the sun appeared to distract Marsh and he was unable even to get a hand on the ball, which then bounced away for four.

Burns eventually skied a catch to long-on from the bowling of Michael Beer but Christian was able to keep the boundaries flowing until he was bowled by Coulter-Nile in the second-last over for 37 from 21 balls. The Heat had picked up 48 runs in their final five overs, the kind of finish the Scorchers required later in the match. But unlike the Heat, they ran out of batting firepower.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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Posted by zenboomerang on (January 22, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

The biggest domestic cricket crowd in Oz history was during this summers BBL - its funny that the trolls don't understand that this is the most popular form of domestic cricket... More people attended 1 BBL match (46,581) at MCG than attend all the rounds of the Shield season at the same ground... Even the ODI against SL had 19,000 less in attendance - only the 1st day of the Boxing Day Test got a larger crowd, the other days were smaller...

Posted by SAJiD39 on (January 21, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

congrats but i want champions league twenty20 trophy bcz you are my always favorites from my favorite side around the best domestic cricket QUEENSLAN

Posted by Chris_P on (January 20, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

@brusselslion. not all of us have been consumed by this "fast food" version of this form of sport entertainment. It is not cricket, just sports entertainment played with cricket gear. @lillee4PM & @Tomas Anderson . Although I am not into T20, I would suggest these catches were a little better than standard "A" grade catches. Fielding is, despite what many fail to understand, an equally important part of the game as batting & bowling.

Posted by brusselslion on (January 20, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

What have the attendances been like for this season's slogfest? Are you Aussies still intrigued by the novelty, or have you come to your senses and deserted this rubbish in favour of real cricket?

Posted by oceanbed on (January 20, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

This is absolute rubbish, Roach is the man of the match, but only in Australia you did see someone who bowled didn't get a wicket but took catches and get man of the match..This is like in USA, in boxing if they want you to win they make you win even if you don't throw a punch. Shame!!

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Hauritz contribution was something all professional players should have done. Roach was the MOM.

Posted by Andrew202 on (January 20, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

I suspect a few of you criticising Hauritz's man of the match award didn't actually see the game. On top of the catches, Hauritz's first 2 overs were so good they put the Scorchers on the back foot immediately and they never recovered from that start. In fact it was as a result of that early pressure that the Scorchers probably decided to put Coulter-Nile in early which in retrospect proved a mistake. So Hauritz, without taking wickets, had a huge impact on the result.

Posted by John060 on (January 20, 2013, 3:00 GMT)

Why are we opening with Stoinis anyway. Where is Liam Davis?. Wasn't he named WAs best cricketer for last year.

Posted by   on (January 20, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

Hauritz getting man of the match is a complete joke...three easy catches, no wkts and no batting...go figure! Roach and Burns were the standouts.

Posted by lillee4PM on (January 20, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

The three catches that Hauritz took were all sitters that any A grade player could swallow. After his first catch, he gave the bird to the crowd at the northern end and they proceeded to remind him of what a Wayne Kerr he is. Roach or Burns were much more deserving of the MoM award than NA.

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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