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Heat vs Sixers, Final at Sydney, BBL 2023, Jan 24 2024 - Match Result

RESULT
Final (N), Sydney, January 24, 2024, Big Bash League
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(17.3/20 ov, T:167) 112

Heat won by 54 runs

Player Of The Match
4/26
spencer-johnson
Cricinfo's MVP
87.69 ptsImpact List
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Scores: @Thilak_Rama | Comms: Alex Malcolm and Ekanth
Scorecard summary
Brisbane Heat 166/8(20 overs)
53 (38)
4/32 (4)
40 (22)
1/26 (4)
Sydney Sixers 112/10(17.3 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
BH87.6953(38)63.5687.69--0
SS83.8916(11)15.7712.074/324.0371.82
BH70.6840(22)49.5870.68--0
BH47.89--04/262.9847.89
SS40.6316(10)21.8827.430/27-13.2

BBL 13 took the popularity of the league back towards its peak. It has unearthed new heroes and connected people and cultures for the last 48 days. Thanks for tagging along in the journey. I'm Ekanth, signing off on behalf of my co-commentator Alex Malcolm, our scorer Thilak Rama, and everyone who helped cover the comp. Goodnight.

Heat have ensured BBL is no more an eight-team comp that's played to crown Scorchers champions. They had a seven-game win streak and stormed into the finals despite the washouts. They didn't have the Gabba advantage as the second Australia vs West Indies Test will be played there. They didn't have all their top picks due to ILT20 signings. They suffered a setback at the Gold Coast but blazed past a red-hot Strikers the Challenger, thanks to Josh Brown. In the final, Brown stepped up again and Spencer Johnson rattled a dominant Sixers in their own backyard to be crowned champions again.

McSweeney gets the trophy, the team-mates come roaring to the stage. Confetti and fireworks go up, the stands are mostly empty. The roars from the players are all you could hear.

Nathan McSweeney, Brisbane Heat captain: Fantastic feeling. This is what you played for. Congratulations to the Sixers, who have been an excellent side forever. Well done to Steve O'Keefe. Thanks to Colin Munro, Usman, Marnus, and Billings who aren't here with us. Congrats to CA on the successful tournament and the Sydney crowd.

Time for Brisbane Heat's players to go up and collect their medals from some of the young representatives. The players hand their regular caps to the kids while keeping the winners' caps.

Daniel Hughes, Sydney Sixers vice-captain: Unfortunately, the skipper isn't up here tonight but it's up to me. Thanks to our sponsors firstly, thanks to our members and fans. We love your support. And to the Heat boys, well done. Congrats on another good year. To my team-mates, another awesome year. Couldn't get over the line tonight. To SOK, wonderful year. Round of applause for Sokky. Wonderful team-mate and person. You've left the team in a better place.

Spencer Johnson, POTM for his 4 for 26: This is pretty special to be in this position again. We wanted to make amends after last year and here we are. Credit the Sixers, they've been awesome all year. It's taken an awesome performance to get over. To Brisbane Heat, you've changed by life. Thank you for everything.

11:06pm Presentations coming up.

Spencer Johnson on Fox: "I owe Brisbane Heat everything. Coming up here last year, I didn't know where my career was going and now I've just won a Big Bash with 11 of my closest mates. So it's pretty cool. Credit to the batters, Browny again, got us to a total that we can defend and I feel like we were the best team all year so I think we deserve to have the medal around our necks. This is pretty cool. The first over probably didn't go the way I wanted it to. To get a couple of wickets and win it's pretty special. Twelve months ago, I wasn't in this position. And I think the Brisbane Heat have changed my life. So it's pretty special."

SLN: "Brisbane are nothing without their international players.... well the last 2 games have shown they have international ready players, whatta performance"

Jimmy Peirson: Long time coming, it's a bit raw at the minute. Lots of ups and downs but pleased to be back to be part of the team with so much success.

Michael Neser: Catch was almost a reflex thing. I knew I was close but not that close to the boundary. It's a huge win for the group. We've put in a lot of work after the loss last year. Feel we've been the most consistent team. (To the family) Love you all.

Matt Kuhnemann: I'm speechless, so happy for the boys. Best feeling ever.

Mitchell Swepson: It's my ninth year at the club, feels like it's a long time coming. We've got the reward we wanted.

10:55pm Brisbane Heat have joined Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers to win the BBL multiple times. They put up a competitive 166 after losing the toss which looked around par. Michael Neser set the tone first over, removing Hughes with Test-match bowling. Edwards got going after biding some time, he took on Johnson in his first over but the speedster, who conceded 13 off his first balls gave away just as many in the rest of his spell. He had Edwards chop on and used his pace to ensure that batters couldn't swipe him across the line. He took out Philippe, Dwarshuis, and Kerr to ensure there was no middle-order fightback. Sixers' hopes were hinging on Henriques but that didn't last long as his efforts to take on Walter in an early Power Surge led to him top edging a pull to midwicket. The wickets kept tumbling thereafter and a glorious catch from Neser at the close added to Heat's party.

17.3
W
Bartlett to O'Keefe, OUT

Tumbling catch taken at mid-off, Heat are in a huddle right after. They have taken down Sixers in their home to win BBL 13. Into the pitch, SOK made room and tried to belt it up and over. Got a top edge, Walter took a dolly and celebrations followed.

Steve O'Keefe c Walter b Bartlett 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0

SOK won't get the fairytale finish but can get a few hits

Sarthak: "Michael Neser, how do you keep doing it?!"

17.2
W
Bartlett to Abbott, OUT

Has Neser taken a miraculous catch? He ran to the left from long-on, was falling down and reached up and took it with both hands. He had one knee on the ground, used his left hand to balance himself, yanked his right elbow back and threw it to long-off running in from the other side. His palm was in the air and not on the rope while releasing it. That'll be thumbnails of crazy-catch compilations. Was a slot ball at 123ks on off that Abott skied across the line, it went miles high in the air and should've been six

Sean Abbott c Walter b Bartlett 16 (11b 1x4 1x6 24m) SR: 145.45
17.1
6
Bartlett to Abbott, SIX runs

Slogged over midwicket. Full, slot in this stage, on middle and off, Abbott cleared the front leg and walloped it across the line

Bartlett returns

end of over 178 runs
SS: 106/8CRR: 6.23 RRR: 20.33 • Need 61 from 18b
Todd Murphy8 (9b 1x4)
Sean Abbott10 (9b 1x4)
Paul Walter 3-0-24-1
Matthew Kuhnemann 4-0-16-0
16.6
Walter to Murphy, no run

Into the pitch, beats the pull. Landed outside off and jumps up to go over the bat swing

16.5
4
Walter to Murphy, FOUR runs

Slapped through cover, no sweeper there. Fullish ball with a bit of width, Murphy freed his arms and sliced it flat over the infield

16.4
1
Walter to Abbott, 1 run

Full and slow outside off, smears it along the ground to deep midwicket

16.3
2
Walter to Abbott, 2 runs

Smacked into the midwicket outfield, deep midwicket runs across and cuts it off. Sydney crowd applauds the team's hundred. A bit of /s maybe

16.2
1
Walter to Murphy, 1 run

Full outside off, whipped to long-on

16.1
Walter to Murphy, no run

Length on fifth, tries to work it leg side, leading edge takes it to the right of the bowler, on the bounce

Matt Renshaw says not over. Says someone can still get 50 off 10, probably just wants to keep the foot on the gas

end of over 163 runs
SS: 98/8CRR: 6.12 RRR: 17.25 • Need 69 from 24b
Sean Abbott7 (7b 1x4)
Todd Murphy3 (5b)
Matthew Kuhnemann 4-0-16-0
Spencer Johnson 4-0-26-4
15.6
Kuhnemann to Abbott, no run

Turn and bounce beats the pull. Length ball landed in front of off and ripped away, Abbott was overwhelmed but tried to bunt it last second. Ball went over anway. Kuhnemann ends with 0 for 16

15.5
1
Kuhnemann to Murphy, 1 run

Cuts the length ball outside off to deep point

Matthew: "Has big Spence made a genuine case for T20 WC selection? Not just this game, but the tournament as a whole? He's been electric! "

15.4
1
Kuhnemann to Abbott, 1 run

Full around off, driven to long-off

15.3
1
Kuhnemann to Murphy, 1 run

Wide, slow and full, 83ks, Murphy gets on one knee and mistimes a slog sweep to long-on. The fizzle's strong

15.2
Kuhnemann to Murphy, no run

Full on middle, flat dart, clipped back to the bowler

15.1
Kuhnemann to Murphy, no run

Length on middle and off, worked back to the bowler

72 needed off 30. Kuhnemann, from around

end of over 159 runs • 1 wicket
SS: 95/8CRR: 6.33 RRR: 14.40 • Need 72 from 30b
Todd Murphy1 (1b)
Sean Abbott6 (5b 1x4)
Spencer Johnson 4-0-26-4
Mitchell Swepson 3-0-19-2

David: "Johnson's first went for 13, next 3 went for the same."

Thamizh Ponnu: "Spencer Johnson: MoM and MoBBL23/24"

14.6
1
Johnson to Murphy, 1 run

Yorker on leg, helped around the corner. That ends Johnson's potential POTM performance with the ball.

14.5
W
Johnson to Kerr, OUT

Johnson completes a four-for by knocking another batter out pulling. Kerr made room and got followed, Johnson went into the pitch again and induced the splice.

Hayden Kerr c & b Johnson 6 (7b 0x4 0x6 19m) SR: 85.71
14.4
1
Johnson to Abbott, 1 run

Nice pull to deep midwicket, slightly wide throw but point is there to back up. Kerr crouched and pulled that back of lengther along the ground

14.3
4
Johnson to Abbott, FOUR runs

Makes room and pumps it over mid-off, who was in. Johnson tried following him but bowled t in the slot

Krithika: "Whom and why did the SCG crowd boo ? If it is for Kerr , extremely unfair on the crowd's part. An athlete can get injured anytime " Hopefully not

14.2
1
Johnson to Kerr, 1 run

Backs away and gets followed by a hard-length ball, square driven off the back foot to deep point

Best performances - batters
Spike Graph
Wagon Zone
J Brown
53 runs (38)
5 fours3 sixes
Productive shot
flick
14 runs
1 four1 six
Control
68%
MT Renshaw
40 runs (22)
4 fours1 six
Productive shot
flick
16 runs
1 four1 six
Control
77%
Best performances - bowlers
SH Johnson
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
4
ECO
6.5
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
SA Abbott
O
4
M
0
R
32
W
4
ECO
8
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Sydney Cricket Ground
TossSydney Sixers, elected to field first
Series
Season2023/24
Player Of The Match
Series resultBrisbane Heat won the 2023/24 Big Bash League
Match days24 January 2024 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Match Referee
Language
English
Win Probability
BH 100%
BHSS
100%50%100%BH InningsSS Innings

Over 18 • SS 112/10

Sean Abbott c Walter b Bartlett 16 (11b 1x4 1x6 24m) SR: 145.45
W
Steve O'Keefe c Walter b Bartlett 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 1m) SR: 0
W
Heat won by 54 runs
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