Hobart Hurricanes v Brisbane Heat, Big Bash League, Hobart January 23, 2014

Dunk leads Hurricanes to easy win

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hobart Hurricanes 7 for 209 (Dunk 87, Gannon 3-42) beat Brisbane Heat 8 for 169 (Pomersbach 60, Boyce 3-21) by 40 runs

Ben Dunk blasted Hobart above Brisbane in the Big Bash League table with a convincing victory at the Bellerive Oval. Dunk's 87 helped his side to a huge total that was easily defended with three wickets for Cameron Boyce.

Hobart again enjoyed the Brisbane bowling, racking up the second-highest total of the competition - one run shy of their own joint competition-leading score, also made against Brisbane.

Dunk had eight balls to steady himself before unleashing a straight drive past Daniel Vettori and he was on his way.

He found the boundary with regularity - seven fours and three sixes in total - but was outshone in the early stages by his opening partner Tim Paine who slugged 47 in 28 balls. The pair added 98 for the opening wicket before Paine was caught in the tenth over.

Thereafter, Hobart never found another significant innings but Evan Gulbis swung 22 from 12 balls late in the piece to push his side over 200.

Brisbane's response also came from the top of the order, Luke Pomersbach striking three sixes in 60 from 32 balls. But he was dismissed before the half-way stage of the chase and the damage done by Dimitri Mascarenhas and Boyce left the lower order with too much work to do and they never came close.

Mascarenhas made the initial breakthrough having Craig Kieswetter caught behind and then bowled Joe Burns third ball for a duck. Boyce then took two wickets in seven balls to leave the Heat in an icy position.

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  • Graham on January 24, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    After watching the Ryobi cup earlier this year I wondered whether injury had crueled Tim Paine and that he may never return to his best. It's only T20 cricket but Paine seems to have grown in confidence as this tournament has gone on and looks like he can return to international cricket.

  • Sally on January 24, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    What a great game that was. To quote Adam Gilchrist "Paine's keeping was magnificent" - and yet we have to put up with Wobbly Wade in the ODI. I won't be watching.

  • Satish on January 24, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Ben Dunk should be in T20 XI for T20 WC!

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Well done Hurricanes finally you are in Semi Final...hope from now it should be team effort not individual ... till now i can say its all from DUNK only....boys team work required now...i also feel Captaincy is not very impressive...missing George Baily In last all the best we want you to win BB#3

  • Peter on January 24, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    Irony - crushed by Qld offcasts Dunk and Boyce. Dunk should be in Aus 20/20 side.

  • i on January 23, 2014, 23:54 GMT

    This write up should be about Tim Paine.

    Got the innings (and Dunk) going in the first ten overs. Then, his aggressive keeping at the stumps, including catch, was a real boost for Mascarenha et al.

    How is it that Wade is keeping for Australia today, and not Paine? The only thing wrong about Australian cricket is the selectors and administration. Playing depth is outstanding.

  • Peter on January 23, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    BH has worst bowling in league. Stuart Law should have addressed variety, taking pace off, yorkers, etc. They are just too easy to guess, and hit.

  • Android on January 23, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    The match was over by the 9th over in the heat ings . BH should have got their revenge but this score was always going to be tough

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