Heat v Scorchers, Big Bash League 2013-14, Brisbane December 22, 2013

Lynn fashions improbable Brisbane Heat victory

Brisbane Heat 7 for 152 (Lynn 81, Hogg 3-21) beat Perth Scorchers 7 for 151 (M Marsh 57*) by three wickets
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Chris Lynn, a man for a crisis.

No matter the format, the 23-year-old continues to deliver. On Sunday, he steered the reigning Big Bash League champions home from an improbable position in the first match of their title defence.

Again his partner in this highway robbery was Ben Cutting. In the Ryobi Cup final in October, playing for Queensland at North Sydney Oval, the pair came together needing 61 from 40 balls. They got home unscathed with five balls to spare.

At the Gabba on this night, playing for the Brisbane Heat, Cutting joined Lynn needing 28 runs from the last 15 balls, and although Lynn fell to a spectacular leaping catch from the ageless Brad Hogg on the deep midwicket boundary as he searched for the winning blow, Cutting finished the job one ball later to ensure Lynn's extraordinary innings was rewarded with victory.

The match swung on one key moment in the 15th over of the chase. The Heat required 57 from 35 balls with Nathan Coulter-Nile bowling to Lynn on 46. His hook shot flew flat and hard to Michael Beer at fine leg. It was in Beer's grasp for a brief moment, but on the grass the next. Lynn launched the last three balls of the over into the stands to run salt into Coulter-Nile's raw wound.

Hogg nearly arrested the momentum, bamboozling both James Hopes and Daniel Vettori in his next two overs with a slider and a wrong 'un. But Cutting and Lynn held their nerve to deliver an amazing win.

The Scorchers themselves looked out of the game early after winning the toss and electing to bat. They were 6 for 95 with five overs remaining in their innings before Mitchell Marsh unleashed brutal display of ball-striking on Alistair McDermott. He had earlier pinched the wicket of Simon Katich with an undetected no-ball and Marsh exacted some revenge pounding three fours and a six in McDermott's last two overs to finish with 57 not out and guide the Scorchers to a very defendable total.

And when Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff tore through the Heat's top order with some very impressive fast bowling, the Scorchers seemed destined to atone for last year's final defeat.

But Lynn had the last laugh yet again.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • cricketsubh on December 24, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    lynn need to be pick for aus in t20 and test lynn is is a supper talent australia need to think about their future rogers ,haddine,haris. can not play to long they need to pick some younger players and groom them hughes for(tests),burns (tests),lynn(test/t20),madison(test),selector need to pick these players in future

  • dummy4fb on December 24, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    No SA player is playing in big bash why? any idea

  • __PK on December 23, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Tony Kalkman, that's how they played every game last year. They never looked like winning until they did.

  • Chris_P on December 22, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    I have to say, Whiteman was really impressive behind the stumps & his fc form with the bat also bears following. This guy looks the goods.

  • dummy4fb on December 22, 2013, 20:20 GMT

    @ Tony .... I thought that it was one of the best T20 Games that I have ever seen. Actually a contest between bat and ball. I just thought that both Teams bowled very well. Lynn was brilliant (again) and Cutting showed (again) that he is one of the better bowlers in the game and a great finisher with the bat in both short forms of the game.

  • dummy4fb on December 22, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I was there tonight and I can tell you that Brisbane didn't look like winners till the last over, every part of their game seemed rusty

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