Recent Match Report – Heat vs Hurricanes 29th Match 2023/24


Brisbane Heat 132 for 7 (Munro 56, Jordan 3-19, Ellis 2-23) beat Hobart Hurricanes 116 for 9 (Chaudhary 55, Bartlett 3-30, Johnson 2-21) by one run via DLS method

Brisbane Heat have beaten Hobart Hurricanes by one run to remain undefeated and wrap up a BBL finals spot in a rain-interrupted low-scoring thriller at the Gabba.

The Hurricanes needed 13 runs from the final over and three off the final delivery, but skipper Nathan Ellis could manage just a single off the last ball as Pat Dooley was run out.

The Hurricanes restricted the Heat to 132 for 7 but were soon 22 for 4 in reply. Rain forced the players off after 4.4 overs and the target was revised to 118 from 16 overs.

Heat late-over specialist Spencer Johnson (2-21 off three overs) took two wickets in the penultimate over, including the dangerous Tim David (27 off 21).

Hurricanes allrounder Nikhil Chaudhary (55 off 38) walloped a six and four from the opening two deliveries of the final over before falling to Heat seamer Paul Walter, who kept a cool head when the pressure was on.

The Heat had the perfect start with the ball.

Michael Neser had Caleb Jewell (4) caught at third man in his first over. Player of the Match Xavier Bartlett (3-30) then dismissed Macalister Wright and Sam Hain for ducks with consecutive deliveries with both batters nicking superbly directed away cutters.

Corey Anderson (two) was cleaned up by a rampant Bartlett and the Hurricanes were on the ropes.

They finished on 116 for 9 after David and Chaudhary almost got them home.

Earlier Heat skipper Colin Munro top scored with 56 from 47 deliveries as Ellis rotated his bowlers superbly to prevent the hosts from getting away.

After Ellis had won the bat flip, the Hurricanes’ seamers contained the Heat well in the early overs on a Gabba pitch that had plenty of zip in it.

Riley Meredith, Ellis (2-23 off four) and England international Chris Jordan (3-19 off four) were all impressive. Jordan was in the zone and cleaned up Matt Renshaw (5) with a fast and straight ripper.

Munro took a while to find his timing but when he did it was worth the wait with the New Zealander taking 20 runs from spinner Chaudhary’s second over, including two towering leg-side sixes.

The Heat moved to 14 points with the win and are now assured of a finals berth. The Hurricanes are fifth on six points, two points behind fourth-placed Melbourne Stars who have played one more game.

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