Sydney Thunder v Brisbane Heat, BBL, Sydney January 8, 2014

Hussey fifty in vain as Thunder lose again


Brisbane Heat 5 for 165 (Lynn 56, Nannes 3-21) beat Sydney Thunder 117 (Hussey 60, Gannon 4-10) by 48 runs
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Again Michael Hussey played superbly, again his team-mates crumbled around him and Sydney Thunder lost their 18th consecutive match.

The entire match was all too predictable. Brisbane Heat spluttered again with the bat and it took another remarkable innings from Chris Lynn and powerful cameos from Daniel Christian and Ben Cutting to set up the winning total.  

Heat were 3 for 57, one delivery into the 12th over, after winning the toss and electing to bat. Craig Kieswetter, Luke Pomersbach and Peter Forrest all fell within the first eight overs and Lynn and Christian had faced 19 balls without a boundary before Christian broke the shackles with a huge six to the long-off boundary off Chris Tremain.

From there anything pitched up went over the fence as Christian, Lynn and Cutting struck 11 sixes between them and Heat scored 109 runs from the last 54 balls of the innings.

Tremain and Ajantha Mendis were the two bowlers who were mauled as their eight overs combined cost 94 runs. Lynn's power hitting was both exceptional and unsurprising. He was the only man to hit Dirk Nannes for six. Nannes got his revenge removing Lynn in the 18th over to finish with 3 for 21 from his impressive spell.

Cutting again proved his worth as a lower-order batsman striking two powerful sixes in the last two overs to tick the total beyond 160.

Despite Hussey's best efforts, Thunder never got close to the target. The Thunder captain put on another masterclass compiling 60 off 37 balls and looked in total command throughout. But he got no support whatsoever from his team-mates. Usman Khawaja was the only other batsman to reach double figures, but he found the boundary just once in his run-a-ball 22.

Hussey fell in the 16th over desperate to find the rope. Cameron Gannon was the first bowler he happened to mis-hit. Gannon picked up three wickets in the over and finished with remarkable figures of 4 for 10.

Alex Malcolm is a freelance writer based in Perth

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  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    hussey u bueaty ...... yes thunder have lost the 5 game in a row but hussey is only player in thunder side who have most senior player in a team .....................

  • Android on January 9, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    in domestic we can heroes will be zeros and zeros will heroes so don't encourage this type of teams and players. because this team making fool to their fans as we know this t20 has no value.

  • Michael on January 8, 2014, 22:47 GMT

    @playfaircricket: "Nannes is a pace bowler who doesn't have a mind he knows only one thing run hard release the ball with speed"

    It seems to work pretty well for him. The guy has taken 221 wickets at an economy of 7.2, which is pretty impressive in this format. He also had figures of 4-0-21-3 in this match - which is better than any other bowler except Gannon for the Heat.

    The Thunder's real problem is their inexperienced batting lineup. Hughes was tapping Vettori straight to the fielder for dot balls in the opening over and the rest of the order (after Khawaja and Hussey) couldn't even rotate the strike, let alone score quickly. 4 of their top 7 batsmen were scoring at a strike rate of under 100, and 3 of those were around 50 (granted, from only a few balls before they were dismissed). At least Carters looked like he was responding to Hussey's presence at the other end - pity Hussey got out when he did. But the younger batsmen really need to step up.

  • James on January 8, 2014, 21:43 GMT

    Playfaircricket, Nannes got 3/21. He was THE bowler of the T20 WC just a few years ago and has a great record. Maybe you need to tune your TV a little better. The picture seems a bit fuzzy to me.

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    It's amazing how short of the mark the Thunder talent scouts are - here's a list of western Sydney-riased cricketers who could be playing for them: Mitchell Starc, Dougie Bollinger, Ben Rohrer, Pat Cummins, Dan Smith, Sean Abbott. Most have been signed by franchises outside NSW. The list doesn't contain blokes who grew up in country NSW and particularly the west....

  • Dylan on January 8, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Team full of heroes? Only decent players there are Hussey and Mendis...

  • kishore on January 8, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    How can this team win a match

    In This Team There r only 3 experience n skillful players in batting are khwaja,Dilshan,Hussey these three players r coming at openers n 1st down apart these three there is no player who can't rotate strike at any time of the game

    Bowling Nannes is a pace bowler who doesn't have a mind he knows only one thing run hard release the ball with speed there is no variations at all apart from nannes there is no bowler who can't threat a 8th wkt batsmen

  • Lucas on January 8, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Do you even know who's in the Thunder side? Of the 11 only 3 get consistent games at first class level add on the facts that their game relies on the performances of 2 semi retired cricketers, would suggest that they don't have a good team to begin with.

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2014, 14:10 GMT

    Wow Chris Lynn continues to amaze ! He needs to be given opportunities like Steve smith in all the 3 formats of the game .... In a couple of years, he could be our Superstar !

  • Android on January 8, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Thunder is a team full of heroes which performs like

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