The Brisbane Heat have jolted the Hobart Hurricanes, with a Lewis Gregory masterclass paving the way for his team’s first win of the season.

Brisbane Heat might be happy with the fact that the bat flip went their way, but a bigger blow came in the form of Chris Lynn. Sighting a hamstring injury, he is out for another six games at least. Still, in search of a win, Brisbane has made two changes. Simon Milenko and Ben Laughlin have made way for Lewis Gregory and James Bazley.

As for the Hobart Hurricanes, the number one T20 international batsman Dawid Malan makes his BBL debut in place of Wil Jacks and Keemo Paul makes way for Wil Parker.

Playing XIs

Brisbane Heat: Max Bryant, Sam Heazlett, Dan Lawrence, Tom Cooper, Jack Wildermuth, Lewis Gregory, Jimmy Peirson (c/wk), James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Xavier Bartlett, Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman

X-Factor Subs: Matt Kuhnemann, Simon Milenko

Hobart Hurricanes: D’Arcy Short, Dawid Malan, Ben McDermott (wk), Peter Handscomb (c), Colin Ingram, Tim David, James Faulkner, Nathan Ellis, Scott Boland, Wil Parker, Riley Meredith

X-Factor Subs: Keemo Paul, Johan Botha

After winning the toss, the Heat elected to bowl first against opening Hurricanes pair D’Arcy Short and Ben McDermott.

Heat debutant James Bazley dropped a sitter early on to let Ben McDermott off, but a ball from Jack Wildermuth not long after saw the opener caught out, bringing in Malan.

As Short began to build up a solid total, Lewis Gregory’s third ball saw Short swing hard before the ball dropped right into the hands of Bazley, adding another wicket to the Heat’s haul and bringing in Peter Handscomb.

Gregory then flipped the match on its head as he dismissed Malan for just 15 runs and Peter Handscomb with the next ball for seven runs.

The 28-year-old has played T20 cricket for England over the past year and was signed by the Heat as its final overseas player for the season.

The Hurricanes finished with 7-148, giving the Heat a genuine chance at causing a boilover.

Chasing a fairly low total could sometimes be tricky, especially when one of the main batsmen isn’t a part of the playing XI. Howbeit, it didn’t look like Heat openers were missing Chris Lynn.

In another blow for the Hurricanes, bowler James Faulkner pulled up lame after delivery in the second over and immediately left the field to receive medical attention.

For the Heat, it was business as usual as Max Bryant and Sam Heazlett began to build a solid partnership.

Just as the game looked to be getting beyond the Hurricanes’ reach, Nathan Ellis sent Max Bryant back to the changerooms and tried to spur his team on.

Shortly after, Dan Lawrence was dismissed for a duck by D’Arcy Short, breathing new life into the match before Sam Heazlett followed.

Short’s purple patch continued as he took an extraordinary catch right off the bat of Tom Cooper to take another wicket, before Lewis Gregory and Jack Wildermuth were caught out in quick succession.

Skipper Jimmy Peirson (c) (wk) 16* runs off 15 deliveries and James Bazley 31* runs off 19 deliveries comprising with 2 fours and 3 Sixes. With another capitulation on the cards for the Heat, stand-in skipper Jimmy Peirson helped steady the ship along with James Bazley, whose late flurry sealed the win with just under three overs to spare. Full Scorecard

Finally, Brisbane Heat have arrived. Relieved faces in the dug-out. They nearly dug a hole for themselves but in the end, Bazley and Peirson played steely innings to take them over the finish line. Sam Heazlett and Max Bryant went ballistic at the start, plundering sixes and fours for fun. They trimmed the equation down and kept the tempo up until D Arcy Short spoiled their plans. It was chaotic and absolute madness as Heat kept losing wickets one after another and made it tougher. Despite a below-par score, Hobart made a match out of this. Only if they had churned out 15-20 runs more, they would’ve had a better chance. Nonetheless, it’s their second loss and they’ll have to head back to the drawing board. This win should motivate Brisbane Heat and they’ll be hoping to ride on the momentum.

PLAYER OF THE MATCH:- Lewis Gregory

 

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