Melbourne Stars 7-138 def by. Brisbane Heat 3-139
We elected to bat tonight after winning the toss and it did not start well for the boys. Bobby and KP were both out for a duck in the first over in consecutive balls! We couldn’t believe it!
Sitting at 2-1 and in desperate need of runs, we had our two milestone men at the crease – Wright in his 50th game and Gotchy on debut. The two got our score back on track, with Gotchy really looking at home at the MCG, darting between the wickets and smashing a couple of boundaries. But the Heat got the breakthrough in the ninth over when Gotchy was bowled by Swepson for 30.
Stoin was bowled for a golden duck on the very next ball, but the Hussler survived his first delivery to deny Swepson a hat-trick. Wrighty again paired well with Huss to bring up our 100 in the 16th over, before the Skipper was caught out for 29 off 28 balls in the same over.
The Gobbler was the next to go for just two, with Hilfy soon following for one, leaving Wrighty and Zamps our last two at the crease. But with our main man Wrighty lasting the whole innings and finishing unbeaten on 60, we managed to finish with a total of 138.
Beery yet again opened our bowling attack, but it was Bolo with the breakthrough off his first ball in the third over, nabbing Peirson for just eight.
Hilfy was the next to strike, snagging Reardon for one, with Gobbler then picking up his first wicket of the season in the ninth over, sending opener Heazlett on his way.
However, Alex Ross and Joe Burns settled into the run chase and were able to steer the Heat home to a seven-wicket down.
The fourth over saw Beery almost make a fantastic runout and snare our second much-needed wicket for the match. After it was reviewed and reviewed and reviewed, the Heat were saved by the third umpire. But we didn’t have to wait long for our second wicket to finally fall – Stoin caught Reardon off a delivery from Hilfy on the very next ball.
Lukey Wright! What a way to bring up your 50th game! Lasting our entire batting innings, Wrighty finished unbeaten on 60 off 55 balls, smashing three fours and two sixes in the process. We were in dire straits there for a bit but with Wrighty at the crease we managed to make a total that would keep us in the game.
The Next Game
The Stars take on the Sydney Sixers in their final match of the regular BBL|06 season at the MCG on Saturday. All the action kicks off at 7.25pm so grab your tickets and get on down to the Home of Cricket on the weekend for what is sure to be one cracker of a game. We’ll see you there #TeamGreen!