28th Match (N), Melbourne, Jan 17 2017, Big Bash League
(18.1/20 ov, target 139)
Heat won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Brisbane Heat
• The Report by Will Macpherson at the MCG

Swepson's spin helps Heat into playoffs

The Brisbane Heat became the first team to secure their position in the playoff stage of the Big Bash League, after sealing a seven-wicket win over the Melbourne Stars

Match centre 
Commentator: Alex Malcolm
Scorecard summary
Melbourne Stars138/7(20 overs)
Brisbane Heat139/3(18.1 overs)
Alex Ross*46 (40)
Joe Burns*42 (32)

The Heat go to the top of the ladder with that win. No McCullum, no Lynn, no Badree, no worries. They made early strikes with the ball to restrict the Stars to 138. The chase had some early wobbles but a great partnership between Ross and Burns saw them home. They never panicked despite some slow spots in the middle overs. That is a superb win away from home.

Man of the match is Mitch Swepson for his performance with the ball.

"It's been a whirlwind (period). It's been a massive couple of days. It's been awesome.

"It was a tough wicket to bat on. I thought the boys did well to run that down.

"It was about changing your pace and not being predictable bowling on that wicket."

The Heat are likely to get McCullum and Badree back for Friday's clash with the Renegades at the Gabba. They can secure a home final with a win. The Stars host the Sixers in a cut throat clash on Saturday night. Seven teams can make the finals.

The final round starts tomorrow. The Thunder host the Strikers tomorrow night. Hope you can join us then.

Boland to Ross, 1 run
Dropped catch to end it! It's Hilfenhaus as well! This was chipped high off the leading edge to midwicket, Hilfenhaus runs a long way from mid on and gets both hands to it but can't hang on. That's the winning runs.
end of over 1821 runs
BH: 138/3CRR: 7.66 • RRR: 0.50 • Need 1 from 12b
Alex Ross45 (39)
Joe Burns42 (32)
Ben Hilfenhaus3-0-30-1
Marcus Stoinis3-0-27-0

Huge over. Great striking from Joe Burns. He picked his target.

Hilfenhaus to Ross, 1 run
length slower ball, 107kph, slapped down to long on
Hilfenhaus to Ross, 2 runs
yorker length, dug out through midwicket and they run two
Hilfenhaus to Burns, 1 run
full and tighter line, sliced to backward point
Hilfenhaus to Burns, 1 wide
fired way wide of off to counter Burns setting himself outside off but it's call wide!
Hilfenhaus to Burns, FOUR runs
hit inside out over cover for four! He set himself again, this was fuller outside off and he lifted it up and over cover into the gap.
Hilfenhaus to Burns, SIX runs
Goes again! Same shot same result but this is bigger! This was length on leg stump and he hammers this into the crowd
Hilfenhaus to Burns, SIX runs
pulled over deep square for six! This was a 96kph slower ball from around the wicket, it was dragged down, Burns sat back and hammered this over the long boundary!
end of over 176 runs
BH: 117/3CRR: 6.88 • RRR: 7.33 • Need 22 from 18b
Joe Burns25 (28)
Alex Ross42 (37)
Marcus Stoinis3-0-27-0
Michael Beer4-0-29-0
Stoinis to Burns, 1 run
slashed off the outside edge along the ground to third man
Stoinis to Ross, 1 run
angled into middle and leg tucked to midwicket
Stoinis to Burns, 1 run
105kph slower ball, length, outside off, cracked hard to deep point
Stoinis to Ross, 1 run
full toss, 137pkh, driven hard to long on
Stoinis to Burns, 1 run
slower ball, tries to loft inside out over cover and gets a thick edge that flies to third man but falls short of the man on the rope
Stoinis to Ross, 1 run
slower ball on middle and off, worked to midwicket
end of over 168 runs
BH: 111/3CRR: 6.93 • RRR: 7.00 • Need 28 from 24b
Joe Burns22 (25)
Alex Ross39 (34)
Michael Beer4-0-29-0
Scott Boland3-0-25-1
Beer to Burns, no run
quicker and shorter, cut straight to backward point
Beer to Burns, SIX runs
slog sweep over the rope at wide long on for six! This was tossed up in the slot and he hammered this into the gap and it just clears the rope
Beer to Burns, no run
Beer to Burns, no run
full wide yorker, beats the bat and well taken by the keeper
Match details
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossMelbourne Stars , elected to bat first
SeriesBig Bash League 2016
Player Of The Match
Mitchell Swepson
Hours of play (local time)19.40 start, First Session 19.40-21.00, Interval 21.00-21.20, Second Session 21.20-22.40
Match days17 January 2017 - night match (20-over match)
Twenty20 debut
Marnus Labuschagne
Gerard Abood
Michael Graham-Smith
TV Umpire
David Shepard
Reserve Umpire
Daryl Brigham
Match Referee
Daryl Harper
PointsBrisbane Heat 2, Melbourne Stars 0