It’s the first day of 2019 where we have a double-header game of Big Bash League Cricket.
That includes tonight’s Game 16 Melbourne derby between the Stars v Renegades at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
But first, we’ll kick off Match 15 of the 2018/19 Tournament at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.
The home side, Brisbane Heat Captain Chris Lynn had lost the bat flip when he went for flats.
On the other hand, Sydney Sixers skipper Moises Henriques correctly called it roofs and chose to bowl first.
Brisbane Heat XI
- Sam Heazlett
- Max Bryant
- Chris Lynn, Captain
- Brendon McCullum
- Joe Burns
- Ben Cutting
- James Peirson, Keeper
- James Pattinson
- Josh Lalor
- Mitchell Swepson
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Sydney Sixers XI
- Justin Avendano
- Joe Denly
- Daniel Hughes
- Moises Henriques, Captain
- Jordan Silk
- Josh Phillipe, Keeper
- Tom Curran
- Sean Abbott
- Steven O’Keefe
- Ben Dwarshuis
- Ben Manenti
1st Innings, Overs 1 to 10
It didn’t take long for Max Bryant to quickly make up a few straight boundaries when he reached 26 in just two overs.
Bryant’s head position remained still with the excellent use of the feet plus waiting for the ball to come to him.
It allowed Bryant to execute his range of shots perfectly with plenty of power whacked past the rope.
But his opening partner Sam Heazlett didn’t when Ben Dwarshuis dismissed him on two.
Dwarshuis pitched up nice and straight by attacking that off-stump where Heazlett had trouble scoring off the cover drive at the middle of his crease.
Not long later, Bryant too had to follow Heazlett back upstairs when Tom Curran captured him on four.
Curran still attacked the primary target well which is the stumps having maintained that line straight.
In return, it made Bryant play that straight drive early before Sean Abbott took the catch at long on.
It’s the same mistake made from Bryant when he couldn’t find the rope off the middle of the crease.
After the dismissal of both openers, Sydney Sixers struck Heat’s third wicket loss on Brendon McCullum (8).
Sean Abbott bowled up short and straight closer to the off stump with some spice.
McCullum didn’t move on the back foot too much as he whacked on the middle of the bat.
Hence, it carried straight to Steven O’Keefe’s hands for the diving catch at short third man.
1st Innings, Overs 10 to 20
At the halfway stage, Brisbane Heat’s on 3-70.
Chris Lynn continued to pile off the runs as Joe Burns already joined him in the middle.
Steven O’Keefe ended Burns’s spell on two where he pitched a tad short towards the off-stump.
Burns tried to hit downtown before O’Keefe took the catch as he whacked too deep & early.
Joe Denly too ticked off the Heat’s fifth wicket loss when he clean bowled Ben Cutting out for a duck.
Ben Cutting made a poor shot selection with the sweep shot.
He tried to be creative so he can trick past the keeper of Josh Phillipe.
But Cutting cannot do that when his front foot planted far from where the ball goes which did straight hit the stumps & lost his wicket.
Cutting should wait for the ball a bit late before he can sweep well where the bowler is pitching rather than hit a few millimeters back next time.
Chris Lynn still led the runs with plenty of hard-hitting shots by staying simple such as his hand-eye coordination & whacking with an open bat face.
Don’t forget his strike rotation with the combination of quick singles and boundaries backed up his half-ton.
Lynn continued to hit big into the stands on back to back boundaries before his big hitting frenzy came to an end on 84 where Tom Curran pitched up straight towards off-stump before it tagged his leg pad.
Curran shortly picked up his third wicket on James Peirson (23) as it pitched up straight and short before Peirson couldn’t find the rope at mid-wicket where Jordan Silk took the catch.
FINAL 1st Innings Score: Brisbane Heat 7-164
Sydney Sixers will need 165 runs to win this game after the ten-minute break.
Their bowling has done the job well with the way they bowl up straight and targeting the off stump.
That helped Tom Curran got the job done late in the 1st Innings as well as a few others who took a wicket apiece.
On the other hand, Brisbane Heat’s performance for most of the time looked both mixed of good and bad.
The early dismissals have hurt them dearly by trying to score off the good balls such as the middle of the crease.
But the introduction of Chris Lynn has saved Heat’s innings towards the near end of this spell.
When he’s useful in the middle, Lynn’s not backing himself away or reaching out for the shot.
All he has to do is connect the dots by waiting for the ball before Lynn can cash in on the right shots by keeping the head still.
That’s how Lynn kept his technical game simple which helped him score 84 for the Heat.
So if their bowlers can perform well after the mini-break, then they should thank Chris Lynn as their Bash Brothers savior.