The Brisbane Heat flew towards a big victory over the Melbourne Renegades after setting the home side an enormous targer in their run chase that they never threatened to run down.
Heat stroll to the win
The 193 run total for victory was incredibly daunting, but the Melbourne Renegades made the matter even worse with their suspect batting.
Bowler Cameron Boyce was the only batsmen to make more than 14 runs, finishing on 25, as the team seemed to realise the tally was a bridge too far.
Loose shots plagued their innings throughout and the Heat simply stuck to their guns and watched as the wickets tumbled.
Thankfully the highlights racked up during the Brisbane Heat innings both from the bats and in the crowd.
‘Renegades in all sorts of trouble’
Set a monster total, the Melbourne Renegades have made a horror start to the chase by losing two wickets inside the opening five overs and struggling to put runs on the board.
Marcus Harris was the first domino to fall before Mackenzie Harvey joined him in the sheds two overs later.
Fans brilliant attempt
Chris Lynn strolled down the crease and lofted one deep back over the bowlers head and towards the stands.
And as good as the shot was, it was brilliantly overshadowed by a keen fan in the crowd who wanted to reel in the catch.
Running across the top of the blacked out seats acting as the sidescreen, the fan came undone when a gap in the seats sent him tumbling.
The fall meant his catch attempt was in vein, but that didn’t stop it from providing a huge highlight during the innings.
The Fox Cricket commentary team broke down into fits of laughter following the moment and as a security guard approached they pleaded for the young man to be left alone.
Thankfully he was allowed to stay in his seat and continue watching the match unfold.
This would’ve been the greatest catch in sporting history 😂😂
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 13, 2019
Heat piling it on
The runs are flying in as Brendon McCullum raises the bat for his half century and Chris Lynn might not be far behind him.
After losing Max Bryant, the Bash Brothers have continued to pile on the punishment and have the Heat destined for a total pushing 200.
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 13, 2019
After racing to 44 runs from only 23 deliveries, Max Bryant tried to bring up his half century in style.
Unfortunately he didn’t middle the ball and watched as it sailed into the hands of Mackenzie Harvey in the outfield bringing his blistering innings to an end.
The pain won’t get any easier for the Renegades however as Chris Lynn now strolls to the crease to join Brendon McCullum.
Bryant going ballistic
Joe Mennie would be looking for a place to hide after his over was smashed for 23 runs. Max Bryant got the party started with four straight fours before a single handed the strike over to Brendon McCullum who slammed the final delivery over the rope for six.
After the opening two overs the Heat were only on 14 runs, but in the next two overs they’ve smashed 37 runs to reach their 50-run partnership.
Melbourne have won the toss and opted to bowl first
Renegades XI: Mackenzie Harvey, Marcus Harris, Sam Harper (wk), Tom Cooper (c), Beau Webster, Mohammad Nabi, Dan Christian, Jack Wildermuth, Cameron Boyce, Joe Mennie, Harry Gurney.
Heat XI: Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Chris Lynn (c), Matt Renshaw, Alex Ross, Ben Cutting, Jimmy Peirson (wk), Josh Lalor, Brendon Doggett, Mitchell Swepson, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Devastation as star struck down
James Pattinson’s cursed injury run has continued, with the Australian quick picking up a side strain that looms as the latest hurdle in his bid to make a Test return in the Ashes.
Pattinson, who hasn’t played for Australia since 2016 because of a series of injuries, is expected to miss the remainder of this summer’s Big Bash for Brisbane as a result of the blow.
The 28-year-old only made his return to first-class cricket this summer after a 15-month stint out that included spinal surgery in 2017.
However he was hurt again in the Heat’s loss to the Melbourne Renegades on Thursday night, before scans confirmed a side strain injury.
“We’ll monitor his recovery closely as he returns but the most likely scenario is that he will not be ready to play in time,’‘ Heat coach Daniel Vettori said.
The injury comes after the express quick declared his desire in November to return for this year’s Ashes.
One of Australia’s most dangerous paceman in his prime, Pattinson has taken 70 wickets in 17 Tests at an average of 26.15.
He’s also been solid on return this season, taking nine wickets at 33 Victoria in the Sheffield Shield as well as another four for the Heat in the BBL.
The right-armer will likely be desperate to return in time for the last four Shield rounds of the season, which begin on February 23 for Victoria against Queensland.
Meanwhile Heat all-rounder Ben Cutting has been cleared to play in Brisbane’s return match against the Renegades on Sunday, despite requiring five stitches for a blow to his forehead while attempting to take a catch.