Lynn lets fly to end Hobart’s hopes

January 16, 2015 12:09:53 UK

Chris Lynn equalled the Big Bash League record for the fastest 50 as Brisbane Heat enjoyed payback against Hobart Hurricanes.

A year ago, the Hurricanes beat Brisbane in their final group stage game to deprive them of a semi-final spot. The situation was reversed this time, with the Heat securing an 18-run victory at the Gabba that ended Hobart’s top-four hopes.

Lynn equalled the competition record for the fastest half-century, getting there in 18 balls, and went on to make 81 off 35 balls. He dished out the treatment to England paceman Tim Bresnan, smashing him for five consecutive fours, and finished with 12 fours and three sixes.

It was too late to prevent the Heat from picking up the wooden spoon, but their second victory of the season at least ended their campaign on a high note.

Brisbane had only won one of their previous seven matches, against Melbourne Stars who are 4.50 to win the Big Bash League outright. But they are set to re-sign Lynn to a three-year deal that will give them hope of an improved season next time.

The 24-year-old’s batting fireworks helped the home side make 198-6, with five of their top six reaching the 20s. Lynn and Peter Forrest, who made 46 off 48, put on 113 for the second wicket after Joe Burns had fallen in the second over.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks, but we’ve gone out there with nothing to lose and hoped to have some fun in front of the home fans,” said Lynn. “It just goes to show when you play fear-free cricket, the positive cricket you can play. Why didn’t we do that through a number of the games? If we knew we would have put a finger on it earlier.”

Shoaib Malik took his second and third wickets in consecutive balls in the final over, but the Heat’s total always looked challenging for the visitors. Their cause was not helped when opener Ben Dunk was given out in controversial fashion for two in the second over, caught behind by Jimmy Peirson off Mark Steketee.

The Hurricanes could not put enough runs on the board in the first half of their reply, and were six down for 82 after 10.1 overs. Shoaib and Ben Hilfenhaus shared a 45-run stand for the eighth wicket but that still left them needing an improbable 62 from the last four overs.

Sydney Thunder, who are just one place above the Heat at the bottom of the standings, are 2.30 to win their next match against Melbourne Stars, who are 1.61.

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