The Game at a Glance
The Brisbane Heat won the toss and sent the Stars in to bat, where Dunk and Stoinis continued their good form from Moe, seeing the Stars to a quick 50 runs off 41 deliveries. Stoinis’ run was cut short by a good delivery from Ben Cutting, and was dismissed LBW having scored 43 runs. The Stars lost wickets quickly after that, losing Dunk, Maxwell and Handscomb for 21 runs, and leaving a hard task for Maddinson and Bravo. Both batsmen fought hard during the middle overs, but the Heat managed to claim several late catches, restricting the Stars to 134.
The Heat came out firing, scoring a quick 30 runs thanks to Max Bryant. But the Stars fought back themselves, and the quick wickets of Bryant for 24 and Heat skipper Chris Lynn for no runs quickly saw the Heat on the back foot. Brendon McCullum looked to steady the ship, but was caught on 13 leaving the Heat on 3-51 in the 8th over. Matthew Renshaw top scored for the Heat with 45 but it was Stoinis, who dismissed Renshaw, that took the game away from the Heat to deliver the Stars a five run win.
With the Bat
Ben Dunk and Marcus Stoinis started where they left off in Moe, getting the Stars to 50 runs off 41 deliveries. A few overs later Stoinis was caught short by Ben Cutting’s first delivery, and was dismissed LBW after scoring 43 runs of 29 balls. Ben Dunk followed soon after, caught off a dragged down Mitchell Swepson delivery, which brought superstars Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell to the crease. Unfortunately, the captain didn’t last long, and was caught on 3. Peter Handscomb only managed single fingures, caught by Doggett for 6 after skying a ball. Nic Maddison and DJ Bravo were left to steady the ship, and both batsmen put up a fight, but the Heat managed to restrict the Stars to 134 with a steady stream of wickets in the later overs.
With the Ball
The Heat got off to a flying start, with Max Bryant taking the fight to the Stars early. They reached an early 30 runs after 4 overs, but Bryant went for one too many boundaries and was caught in the deep by the safe hands of Nic Maddinson. Captain Chris Lynn quickly followed, dismissed LBW by Adam Zampa for a duck, Zampa therefore achieving a wicket maiden in his second over. Brendon McCullum tried to get one over the rope in the 8th over, but was caught in the deep by DJ Bravo, giving Stars skipper Glenn Maxwell his first wicket of the night. Maxwell found himself combining with DJ Bravo in the very next wicket, taking a spectacular catch to send Alex Ross back to the dug out for a golden duck. Renshaw led the way for the Heat.
Marcus Stoinis then came into the attack and took 4-21 from four overs to earn yet another Player of the Match and guide the Stars to a five run win.
We have a short break before we head to Perth to take on the Scorchers at Optus Stadium on February 3.