Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum and big-hitter Chris Lynn combined for 156 runs on Friday night, as the Heat cruised to a seven wicket win over Hobart.
The pair smashed 11 sixes between them as Lynn hit one of the biggest sixes in BBL history, slamming the ball on top of the Gabba roof off the bowling of Shaun Tait.
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Hobart were sent in to bat first after Brisbane won the toss, and the Hurricanes battled for the entire innings, yet somehow managed 9/173 after 20 overs.
Only Dan Christian (33) and Jonathan Wells (28) scored above 20, as the pair combined for 60 runs before falling in consecutive balls to Jack Wildermuth.
Hamish Kingston (17 from 10) and Clive Rose (17 from 12) added some crucial runs in the final overs to set a defendable total, as the Heat did get off to a shaky start.
Jimmy Peirson only faced two deliveries before falling to Stuart Broad, but his dismissal turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as Lynn joined McCullum at the crease.
The Kiwi was the first to light up the Brisbane crowd, as he raced to a half century off just 27 balls.
McCullum sent Broad up to the second tier of the ground during his innings, as the powerful opener was caught in the deep by Christian on 72 from just 35 deliveries.
His departure allowed for Lynn to take centre stage, and following his mammoth six off Tait in the opening overs, Lynn smashed six more sixes en route to an unbeaten 84 in a match-winning performance.
The win moves the Heat to 3-0 on the season and into first place, as Hobart currently sit in sixth with just one win from three matches.
Zero Wicket’s votes
3. Chris Lynn (Heat)
One of the biggest hits to ever grace the BBL pitch was at it again, as seven sixes and some classy batting saw Lynn build on McCullum’s innings and lead his side to victory.
2. Brendon McCullum (Heat)
His 109-run partnership with Lynn from just 53 balls was the catalyst in Brisbane’s victory, as McCullum managed 14 boundaries in his sensational knock.
1. Mark Steketee (Heat)
He was Brisbane’s most damaging man with the ball against Hobart, taking 2/29 from four overs and claiming the key wickets of openers Tim Paine and D’Arcy Short.