Brisbane Heat v Perth Scorchers, BBL 2016-17, Brisbane January 11, 2017

Scorchers win big after Tye's hat-trick

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Perth Scorchers 5 for 156 (Klinger 81, Swepson 2-22) beat Brisbane Heat 129 (Ross 39, Tye 4-22) by 27 runs
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Brisbane Heat's asking rate had climbed very high by the time Andrew Tye's hat-trick came © Getty Images

Brisbane Heat became the first victims of Cricket Australia's selection policy, choking on a run chase of 157 against Perth Scorchers that their big-hitting opener Chris Lynn would normally have devoured for breakfast.

Instead, having created the sensation of this tournament by forming the opening pair known as the Bash Brothers with former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, Lynn was a spectator after being picked for Australia's ODI series against Pakistan.

It was a stark reminder of how uncomfortably these two forms of limited-overs cricket currently coexist in the Australian summer schedule. The unstoppable side of recent weeks was bowled out for 129 in the last over, finished off by an Andrew Tye hat-trick as the pace-change specialist finished with 4 for 22.

In Lynn's absence, the Heat could not create a sense of threat at the top of the order. His opening replacement, wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson, lasted all of three deliveries before left-arm menace Mitchell Johnson slanted a ball across him that took the edge to a well-placed Ashton Turner at slip.

Johnson's next over had Sam Heazlett miscuing a straight hit to Ashton Agar at mid-off, and from this unaccustomed position of disadvantage, McCullum skied a straight hit to mid-on one ball after pulling Jhye Richardson into the square-leg stands.

From there the mounting run rate kept the pressure high, and wickets fell regularly. Test opener Joe Burns and former Adelaide Striker Alex Ross put on 43, but when Burns tried to force the pace, Agar grabbed a brilliant catch running back towards long-on.

Michael Klinger held another running catch to get rid of Nathan Reardon, giving the microphone-wearing Scorchers captain the chance to chat breathlessly to Australian coach and selector Darren Lehmann as the latter moonlighted in the television commentary box, curious given Klinger is vying for national T20 selection.

While Ross attempted to bat through the innings with a 40-ball 39, he got very lucky in the 12th over when his reverse sweep against Agar rolled back solidly into the stumps. Like a home-series umpire, the heavy Zing bail was unmoved.

Nonetheless, Agar's four overs for 18 runs were instrumental in slowing Heat's chase, which looked over long before Tye could snuff it out.

Earlier, Klinger had played to perfection the role Ross was attempting, batting through most of the innings for 81 in a knock that combined consolidation and counterattack.

Conditions were trying: opening partner Shaun Marsh slashed a catch to third man, then Sam Whiteman hooked another, two overs after being struck a vicious blow to the head by English speedster Tymal Mills. Under a rare use of the concussion substitute rule, Cameron Bancroft entered the fray to keep wicket when Heat batted.

Young legspinner Mitchell Swepson bowled his four overs unchanged for 22 runs, picking up the normally silky Ian Bell at long-on and the destructive Ashton Turner off a top edge.

Around that damage, Klinger muscled sixes and fours down the ground and over midwicket, including one that Burns caught but carried over the rope. Klinger was finally out with seven balls left in the innings, and recent Test selection Hilton Cartwright could not ice the innings with 13 from 17.

The Scorchers total shouldn't have been enough, but the Lynn-less Heat were not able to keep up, loosening their hold on top spot with Sydney Sixers level on eight points, and Melbourne Stars on six with a game in hand.

Perhaps as significant as the loss, though, was news that McCullum now faces suspension for a slow over rate, a punishment that Heat has indicated an intention to protest. They had better. To lose one Bash Brother may be regarded as misfortune. To lose two begins to look like carelessness.

Geoff Lemon is a writer and radio broadcaster on history, sport and politics. He edits the Australian literary publication Going Down Swinging

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  • Terry on January 12, 2017, 8:45 GMT

    I also agree that the Big Bash should squeeze up a bit. Its a made for tv competition so Channel 10 want one game a night in prime time but reckon they could at least double up on weekends and make every move they can to chop about a week off the schedule. This definitely needs to happen if the talk of extra franchises happens.

  • annoyed on January 12, 2017, 6:03 GMT

    Ferguson got a raw deal? Nonsense. Was lucky to get picked in the first place. Never a test bat

  • castro6065533 on January 12, 2017, 2:23 GMT

    Klinger was unlucky never to play for Australia, but I think we are better off looking to youth for the SL T20s. Not a fan of picking senior players as a stopgap measure like this, still think Callum Ferguson got a raw deal.

  • Michael on January 12, 2017, 0:29 GMT

    Some bias commentary there! Give some respect to the Scorchers bowling and fielding. Outstanding effort by the boys. Lynn was out....so was Mitch Marsh!

  • rob on January 11, 2017, 21:41 GMT

    @ JackieThePen: It's so good to see an Englishman take an interest in our little BBL. And yes Jackie, your lads are doing well. Welcome additions to the league all of them.

  • Merv on January 11, 2017, 21:07 GMT

    I'm sorry but when does this BBL stop? It just goes on and on and becomes like a kid with too many sweets. I am missing the Sheffield Shield, so our first class players can get some proper practice on proper pitches. If the BBL needs to go this long what does that do to our major grounds and pitches in the effort to neuter bowlers? Really they should merge baseball and BBL and make new game and take it to the baseball parks. Sorry for the rant, but it really is too much and ultimately meaningless as the result is forgotten 20 minutes later.

  • richar0634655 on January 11, 2017, 19:03 GMT

    Has Geoff not watched a Brisbane Heat game before this season? Chris Lynn bats at 3 and Jimmy Peirson opens, so didn't replace him at the top. Also, as other posters have commented, no mention of Perth missing out on their leading runscorer until before today, Mitch Marsh. And as mentioned below, Mills has a congenital back condition so only plays T20 at the moment. Also agree that Bell should be kept at 3 and that Perth shouldn't get too funky with their order.

  • Terry on January 11, 2017, 18:19 GMT

    As I understand it Tymal Mills body doesn't let him play anything beyond t20 like Shaun Tait. Think he is trying to make a career as a t20 gun for hire around the various leagues.

    Given how good the Scorchers defend you'd think teams would bat first against them when they can. Shaun Marsh hasn't found any runs yet but with Klinger & Bell they can bat well with the likes of Turner , Whiteman & Agar to come. Just think they should settle with Bell at 3 instead of switching the order around to have a left and right hander together.

  • henry on January 11, 2017, 17:48 GMT

    Bad captaincy by bmac not batting first. Probably felt a bit lost without his batting star. Think it could be all down hill here for the Heat.

  • Kapil on January 11, 2017, 17:24 GMT

    Simple chase not accomplished due to that intent of hitting Sixes and not looking for 1s and 2s in such a huge ground. Brisbane need to learn to chase games well. both times Lynn rescued them earlier and they need to learn quickly to play without him and win easy Games at least after good effort with ball

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