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The Brisbane Heat have knocked off the defending champion Sydney Sixers with a brilliant upset at the Gabba. Max Bryant got the Heat off to a great start with 40 off 23 balls but it was a team effort with the bat as the Heat chased down the Sixers’ 8/165 with seven balls remaining. The…

The Brisbane Heat have knocked off the defending champion Sydney Sixers with a brilliant upset at the Gabba.

Max Bryant got the Heat off to a great start with 40 off 23 balls but it was a team effort with the bat as the Heat chased down the Sixers’ 8/165 with seven balls remaining.

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Lewis Gregory’s 16-ball 31 and Jack Wildermuth’s 10-ball 22 got the Heat over the line as the side moved ahead of the Scorchers into sixth to put pressure on the top four.

It was a major scalp for the Heat and ended the Sixers’ four-game winning streak with a solid performance in front of a vocal contingent of fans.

The only blemish was the performance of axed Test star Joe Burns who’s nightmarish summer has continued as he struggled with one off seven before holing out to Ben Manenti at third man.

Fox Cricket commentator Mark Howard said that while he tried to stay impartial, he desperately hoped Burns would score some runs.

“Say it ain’t so Joe,” Howard said.

“He’s been through a horrendous season,” Isa Guha added. “He got that 50 in the first Test match and you thought he was back. It was a really courageous knock and managed to see the side over the line and did it comfortably at the end.

“You really feel for him at the moment but hopefully he’ll be able to get himself out of this patch and that’s all you have to say to yourself.”

Andrew Symonds added: “I suppose you wonder what’s going through the poor man’s head.”

He added that if he was ever out of form, he’d go back to basics and return to what he had done successfully in the past.

He’d also speak to his old coach from when he was 13 or 14 years old and he would give him confidence to as he’d seen Symonds bat throughout his career and give him slight tweaks to his technique.

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But the Heat didn’t allow the wicket to get them down as they ticked off the total.

Some sloppy fielding from the Sixers late and smart batting saw the Heat tick off the runs with good running and selective hitting as the side get the season back on track.

Earlier, Mark Steketee was the chief destroyer with the ball, taking 4/33 from his four overs, including the wicket of Daniel Hughes after Jimmy Peirson pulled off a ripper.

It looked to have beaten the man however but Peirson flew across to take the one handed grab parallel to the ground.

“That is a Superman dive,” Isa Guha said.

“He had nothing left, he couldn’t have gone much further could he? In his finger tips, that’s his unnatural side as well, he’s right handed so that’s a superb effort,” Andrew Symonds added.

Josh Philippe hit a brilliant 48 off 36 balls but was given out LBW as the Sixers struggled to build the total.

After his dismissal, Jordan Silk took over with 43 off 27 balls but the wickets kept falling as the side lost quick wickets in the middle overs that kept the scoring rate under control.

In the end 8/165 never seemed like enough with Philippe commenting that he thought the side left runs in the middle believing the side could have had “180-190”.

It sees the Sixers fall to third after the Hurricanes claimed a win earlier in the day but the Sydney side have another game in hand.

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Andrew McMurtry

The Brisbane Heat are taking it right down to the wire in pursuit of the Sixers’ 165.

The Heat have had contributions all throughout the night but the Sixers have had a couple of costly mistakes.

Dan Christian dived over one ball that went for four and a second misfield in a sloppy 17th over gave away five extra runs, along with two wides in an over that went for 16.

It reduces it to 23 off 18 balls.


Andrew McMurtry

Joe Burns has been dropped from the Australian Test team but his BBL return has gone no better with the hapless Aussie opener contributing just one from seven balls before holing out to Ben Manenti off Jackson Bird.

Mark Howard said that while he tried to stay impartial, he desperately hoped Burns would score some runs.

“Say it ain’t so Joe,” Howard said.

“He’s been through a horrendous season,” Isa Guha added. “He got that 50 in the first Test match and you thought he was back. It was a really courageous knock and managed to see the side over the line and did it comfortably at the end.

“You really feel for him at the moment but hopefully he’ll be able to get himself out of this patch and that’s all you have to say to yourself.”

Andrew Symonds added: “I suppose you wonder what’s going through the poor man’s head.”

He added that if he was ever out of form, he’d go back to basics and return to what he had done successfully in the past.

He’d also speak to his old coach from when he was 13 or 14 years old and he would give him confidence to as he’d seen Symonds bat throughout his career and give him slight tweaks to his technique.

Hopefully Burns has someone like that to get him back on track.


Andrew McMurtry

BBL|10 has had some insane catches and now Brisbane Heat skipper Jimmy Peirson has added to the highlight reel.

There was Jordan Silk’s Superman fielding over the boundary rope earlier in the year, while Mackenzie Harvey nailed a stunner last night.

But Peirson has done it with the gloves on, taking a brilliant catch.

On 2, Sixers skipper Daniel Hughes went to late cut the ball down to third man but got too fine and edge on it.

It looked to have beaten the man however but Peirson flew across to take the one handed grab parallel to the ground.

“That is a Superman dive,” Isa Guha said.

“He had nothing left, he couldn’t have gone much further could he? In his finger tips, that’s his unnatural side as well, he’s right handed so that’s a superb effort,” Andrew Symonds added.

The Heat’s social media called it “an absolute hanger” and it’s hard to argue.

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Andrew McMurtry

Josh Philippe has the Sydney Sixers batting well against the Brisbane Heat, getting to 44 off 30 balls after 10 overs.

But last wickets in the power play has the Sixers drop to 3/84 off the 10 after Daniel Hughes was dismissed for 2.

While the Sixers have some hitting down the order, a few quick wickets could put the skids on the Sydney side.


Andrew McMurtry

Brisbane Heat stand-in captain Jimmy Peirson is adamant his side can still make a Big Bash League impact with the “cavalry coming” for their underperforming batting line-up.

Dropped Test opener Joe Burns, English import Joe Denly and injured regular skipper Chris Lynn are soon set to bolster the Heat line-up, with Peirson believing Burns, in particular, can lift the young side.

Burns is back for the clash against the Sixers.

“(He’s a) very seasoned batsman and it’ll be great to get him amongst our group,” Peirson said.

“His composure … he brings a lot of runs and nerves don’t seem to affect him as much, so it’s good having that calm, senior head in this group.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys in this group, especially with our batters, so he’ll be a good thing to have.”

The Heat crashed to 3-8 chasing the Hobart Hurricanes’ target of 150 at the Gabba on Wednesday night, and while they almost forced a super over, Peirson conceded his team’s batting needed to be much more consistent.

“We’ve got to find a way to win those games,” he said.

“I am pleased with the fight we’re showing, we’ve been quite competitive. We’re kicking ourselves in those situations, and if we do a few other little things as well we’ll start to win those games.

“We haven’t fired with the bat yet, I don’t think, and when we do we’ll be quite a tough team to beat.

“Our bowlers are standing up game-in, game-out. I’m seeing things I’m confident in, and if we put a few more little things in the batting particularly, we’ll start putting games together.

“Once we start doing that, the belief will build off that and … we’ve got the cavalry coming as well.”

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