Melbourne Stars v Brisbane Heat, BBL 2015-16, Melbourne January 14, 2016

Lynn and Badree hand Stars a thrashing


Brisbane Heat 7 for 188 (Lynn 56, Simmons 44) beat Melbourne Stars 9 for 132 ( Gulbis 61*, Badree 5-22) by 56 runs
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Samuel Badree sent back five of Stars' top six inside the Powerplay © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

What is more impressive? Five sixes in five balls, or five wickets in 16 balls?

The Brisbane Heat had seemed out of Big Bash League finals contention for nearly a week, but at the MCG, the very slightest slither of hope emerged. After scoring 188, had the Heat bowled Melbourne Stars out for 76 or under, and had a number of other results gone their way, they could have still qualified.

In the end, the Heat's win could not even take them off the bottom of the table, but remarkable performances from Chris Lynn and Samuel Badree derailed the Stars' hopes of reaching the final, and all but ended the chance of home advantage in a semi. Even after the Heat were out of contention, they were determined to stick around to cause havoc for the rest.

Having been invited to bat by David Hussey on a wet, windy Melbourne night, the Heat lost Jimmy Pierson - bowled by some skid from Michael Beer - in the opening over. That brought Lynn, the competition's highest run-scorer and six-hitter, to the crease, and he was utterly irrepressible. Lynn has four of the Heat's seven fifties this season, and also four of their five highest scores. No one has stood taller, and no one has struck the ball cleaner than him.

The result of his onslaught - as well as some clever, if less eye-catching hitting from Lendl Simmons - was a Powerplay worth 78, with as many boundaries, 14 (half of which were Lynn's own sixes), as dot balls.

Lynn chose his targets, and his location. With a strong breeze favouring leg-side strokes and having got away by slapping Dan Worrall over his head for a two-bounce four, Lynn set into the same bowler's next over, the innings' fourth. There was the cross-court forehand slap over long-on for six, then a brutal pull over midwicket. The over ended with a perfect cover drive for four.

Worrall was removed from the attack, but Lynn took a one-ball look at his next victim, Ben Hilfenhaus, and let fly. First, Hilfenhaus was sent for the biggest six of the tournament - 123 metres - swiveled over deep square leg. Next came a bottom-handed bunt over deep-midwicket, followed by a full toss flicked behind square. Six, and six more. To mix things up, Lynn even went over the bowler's head with the same result. He finished off with the strangest, and most special six of the lot, going down the ground with his left leg cleared and his arms swinging fast. The ball barely got above waist height, and just crossed the rope in front of the sightscreen.

The replacement of Hilfenhaus with Adam Zampa's legspin ended Lynn's marvellous innings. Looking to hit straight again, but this time needing to find the pace, Lynn was unable to clear Rob Quiney, running round from long-off.

From that point, the Stars fought back well to limit the Heat to 188, though it eventually proved to be too much. After Lynn's fireworks, 110 runs were added in the final 14 overs, with Simmons and Joe Burns quietly accumulating and falling just as they looked ready to free the arms. Nathan Reardon and Ben Cutting then continued to push things along before falling late.

It was the Badree show from then on.

First, Luke Wright played on trying to force to off, then Kevin Pietersen was trapped lbw by a skiddy leg-break. Two balls later, Marcus Stoinis slapped one with loop straight to mid-off and trudged off, disbelieving. In his next over, Badree deceived Peter Handscomb in the flight and had him stumped, before Quiney lobbed the first ball of his competition to mid-on.

Thankfully for Stars, some late larruping from Evan Gulbis kept their net run-rate in the green, but if they fail to win in Perth on Saturday, their finals fate will be out of their hands.

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  • Sachitra on January 16, 2016, 15:21 GMT

    Due to obvious reasons Chris Lynn will be the man of the tournament but his team didn't make it to the knockouts. I don't know how it feels to be a lonely star but I'm pretty sure that is how Lynn must be feeling right now.

  • ESPN on January 15, 2016, 23:17 GMT

    India T20/SA T20/World T20 Team 1. Finch (c) 2. Warner 3. Smith 4. Lynn 5. M Marsh 6. Maxwell 7. Faulkner 8. Wade 9. Boyce 10. Hogg/Zampa 11. Pattinson/Tait/Tye/Sandhu The fast bowling attack has three seamers in M Marsh,Mystery no.11, and Faulkner while the spin has Hogg Boyce/Zampa and Maxwell.

  • Graham on January 15, 2016, 10:44 GMT

    HatsforBats : No cant pick everyone. Add Watson a quality performer in India and can add bowling overs. We need 6 bowling options and a keeper. Leaving only 4 bat possies for those mentioned although Maxwell qualifies as a bowling option. Batting is certainly not our concern and hard for the likes of Lynn, Head and Khawaja to get a look in but they are certainly putting their names up in lights.

  • kieran on January 15, 2016, 2:38 GMT

    @Shaggy076, you're right, the one concern about Lynn has always been his relative weakness against spin, but he's not the first batsmen to be troubled by it and his record deserves rewarding at some point. India won't be perfect conditions for him and I doubt the selectors would push him above the bats already in their squad (Warner, Finch, SMarsh, Bailey, Smith, Maxwell are probably the 1st choice bats). But his form deserves a spot as reserve surely? But then Khawaja & Head deserve it as well; can't pick everyone can we?

  • Matt on January 15, 2016, 1:50 GMT

    The article mentioned that this win could not take them off the bottom of the table - which in fact it has. Wooden spoon going to either the Hurricanes or the Sixers this year!

  • Andrew on January 15, 2016, 0:52 GMT

    That'd be sliver of hope. Though there's a lot of snakes in Brisbane, so maybe they did mean slither :)

  • Graham on January 14, 2016, 21:53 GMT

    Lynn is exhilirating when facing pace, their are not many that hit the ball sweeter than him. However T20 world cup is in INdia and we need to be careful. Just did a calculation of Lynn v Pace and spin - He scored 378 runs from 217 balls this tournament (S/R 174) - Made up of 27 * 6's and 23 * 4's (70% of runs in boundaries), against pace 24 * 6's and 21 * 4's (spin 3 * 6's and 2 * 4's) - He got out 4 times against spin and 3 against pace. Total against spin is 54 from 48 (S/R 112.5 - Av 13.5). I did a comparison to Head 276 of 174 (S/r 158) - 20 * 6,s - 11 * 4's (60% of runs in boundaries) - Against pace 18 * 6's and 11 * 4'2 - spin 2*6's and 2 * 4's. But not out once to spin with 47 runs from 37 balls (S/r -127). The world cup is in India but the pitches wont turn like the test they will be good for batting but not sure Lynn is going to be someone who will be dominant in these conditions.

  • Izmi on January 14, 2016, 20:15 GMT

    Chris Lynn and Travis Head are two young cricketers with lots of potential and should be included in the squad for not only the remaining limited over matches against India but also for the T20 cricket world cup in March. They not only have the talent and temperament for limited overs cricket but also all formats of the game and could walk into any international side according to their current form. It will be a crying shame if they are not part of the Australian cricket team in the immediate future as they posses the necessary skill to tear apart any bowling attack as witnessed in the current BBL. Australia lacks aggressive batsmen like Adam Gilchrist or Andrew Symonds in their team who can flay the bowling and change the complexion of a game in no time. I reckon both Chris Lynn and Travis Head are tailor made for it and would fit into that role easily.

  • Daniel on January 14, 2016, 19:28 GMT

    What an Umpire blunder, calling No Ball to Beer, why does the Umpire not know Law 42.6 ii??

  • faysal rabby on January 14, 2016, 18:52 GMT

    oz should take him in the up coming t20 world cup.he is an amazing hitter.

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