Heat v Sixers, Big Bash League 2013-14, Brisbane January 2, 2014

Stunning Silk catch turns match for Sixers


Sydney Sixers 8 for 140 (Lumb 56, Gannon 4-24) beat Brisbane Heat 7 for 136 (Kieswetter 38, Lee 2-22) by 4 runs
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Jordan Silk might be more red-ball batsman than Twenty20 slogger, but his fielding was dazzling enough to turn the match for the Sydney Sixers, who held on by four runs against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba. Silk pulled off what may be the Big Bash League's best catch of all time when he dived to his left at mid-on and intercepted a sizzling Craig Kieswetter slap that seemed certain to burn away to the boundary, as the Heat chased 141.

At the time, Kieswetter was on 38 and well set, with 43 runs still needed off 33 deliveries and six wickets in hand, and it appeared that the below-par target set by the Sixers would be easily overhauled. But Silk's stunning take, which Viv Richards compared on commentary to the work of a baseball shortstop without a glove, ended Kieswetter's innings and the Heat never regained the momentum they required.

It was perhaps a tactical error for them to send Chris Sabburg and James Hopes in ahead of the cleaner striker Ben Cutting, for Sabburg and Hopes dealt largely in singles before Hopes was run out from the last ball of the 19th over. Cutting came to the crease with 20 needed off the last over but was unable to gain or retain enough of the strike against Josh Hazlewood, and when he came on strike with two balls left, 11 were needed.

Cutting then reminded the Heat of what he could have done had he been deployed earlier, lifting a Hazlewood half-volley over long-off for six to leave five required off the last ball. Another slap down the ground looked like it might clear the long-off boundary again, but the Sixers captain Moises Henriques took the catch a few metres inside the rope to consign the Heat to their third consecutive defeat.

The Heat really should have won, given the efforts of Cameron Gannon (4 for 24) and his colleagues in restricting the Sixers to 8 for 140 after Hopes sent them in to bat. Michael Lumb was the only Sixers batsman who really got going and his 56 from 42 deliveries ended when his leading edge off Cutting was caught by Hopes at point, but too many of the batsmen threw their wickets away.

Kieswetter and Chris Lynn put on 63 for the Heat's fourth wicket to deliver them to within striking distance of the victory but Man of the Match Brett Lee was able to remove them both in the same over to change the flow of the game. Lynn was bowled for 34, done by Lee's pace, before Kieswetter used that same speed to thump Lee into the outstretched hand of Silk.

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

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  • Travis on January 3, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Hopes and Sabburg struggled in hitting the boundary leaving Cutting too much to do in the last over (20 runs needed). Hopes being captain should have allowed Cutting to come in after Lynn in the batting order, like the previous match against the Renegades as he is a big hitter. TV footage often showed Cutting standing on the boundary chomping at the bit to get on the field.

  • Alan on January 3, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    Silks catch was very good, don't get me wrong but the best catch of all time as some are calling it? I saw Trent Boult take one in the gully last month that in my humble opinion would be the best catch that I've ever seen

  • Graham on January 2, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    There has been a lot of good catches, but not sue any of them can beat that one. Richardson's last year in Hobart comes to mind as the next best.

  • Richard on January 2, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    arrrghh... The heat is the NZ of the BBL, so much talent to take them just to the brink and then loose

  • Sam on January 2, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    I still think Brett Lee quit internation cricket too early. He looks fit and bowling superfast 90mph clicks. Certainly one of the fastest in the world. He should have continued playing ODIs & T20Is and targetted WC 2015. I'll pick him if makes himself available again for Aus.

  • Peter on January 2, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    The only difference between the Heat from last year is Stuart Law. And doesn't it show. The whole of Queensland was calling for Cutting to go in when Kieswetter got out. And its not regret after the event, it was obvious to all. Except for the coach.

  • Android on January 2, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    why heat is not utilising batting abilities of cutting ??...

  • anton on January 2, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Why did Sabburg take two off the 2nd ball of the final over? He should have taken one and let Cutting three balls to win or bust. Although Cutting came close he did not quite manage it. I have a feeling that the Heat would have won had he faced the final three instead of two.

  • $$ milind on January 2, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Waiting when Gilly and Viv get together in the combox

  • Android on January 2, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Heat are going worse in chases since the CLT20.It was a match in bag.

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