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Brisbane’s Steve Parry celebrates with teammates after dismissing Travis Birt, who walks from the ground in last night’s clash at the Gabba. Picture: GETTY IMAGESA destructive half-century by Chris Lynn helped lay the foundation for the Brisbane Heat to record a comfortable 18-run victory over the Hobart Hurricanes in last night’s Big Bash League T20 clash at the Gabba.
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Lynn belted 81 from only 35 balls to lift the Heat to a total of 6-198 with Peter Forrest chipping in with 46 from 48 balls after the Heat lost the toss.

The right-hander reached his 50 from only 18 balls to equal the BBL record set by Adelaide Striker Tim Ludeman earlier this season.

Despite chasing down 208 runs when they last met the Heat at Bellerive Oval earlier in the season, the Hurricanes never looked like troubling the home side as they limped to 8-180 from their 20 overs.

After a disappointing campaign, the Heat managed to provide the crowd of 16,376 some joy, recording only their second win of the season and knocking the Hurricanes out of finals contention in the process.

Mark Steketee and Dan Christian took two wickets each for the Heat with skipper James Hopes, Ben Cutting and English recruit Stephen Parry snaring one wicket each.

Needing to score 199 in order to keep their season alive, the Hurricanes lost opening batsmen Tim Paine and Ben Dunk to be sitting on 2-22 after four overs.

Christian then removed Even Gulbis for three and Michael Hill for 26 before spinner Parry snared his first BBL wicket, sending Travis Birt on his way for 16 after a sharp stumping by Jimmy Peirson.

That left the visitors struggling at 5-63 in the eighth over and they never fully recovered.

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Cricket: Renewed focus pays dividends for Pointies captain

Making runs: Golden Point captain Joshua White has been in strong form with his batting this season. PICTURE: ADAM TRAFFORDTHERE’S never really been any doubt that Josh White has the ability, but his output with the bat in recent seasons had been only modest.
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But a larger focus on his own game – at the direction of his club – has made season 2014-15, so far, one to remember.

The Pointies captain has already accumulated more runs than he did throughout the entire previous campaign, with his tally of 300 seeing him sitting fourth on the Ballarat Cricket Association club firsts batting charts.

His runs have come at an average of 60 and included a century and two half-centuries.

White’s ton against North Ballarat in round three – where he made 111 not out – was his first since an unbeaten 100 against Coronet City in early 2012.

It followed an early knock of 49 in round one against Darley and came before innings of 66 against Mount Clear and 56 not out against East Ballarat.

A few handy contributions in the team’s premiership-winning Twenty20 team this season have been icing on the cake.

White admits being asked to simply focus on his own game and captaincy, and not other outside distractions such as committee-type roles, has helped his output in the middle.

“I’m just a lot more relaxed, to be honest,” he said.

White felt he had contributed in past seasons, but said he had not been going on with starts and that it took time to know his own game and how that goes together with skippering a team.

A successful side to this point in the season also helps, he said.

“I’m going okay, but I wouldn’t say spectacular or anything,” White said.

“I have never felt like I couldn’t do it, I suppose, but I wasn’t putting a consistent season together.

“In previous years, we have been very inexperienced, so we have just got a few good team guys now like Peter Appleton and a couple of young guys like Andy Warrick, my brother Dan, and Simon Ogilvie at the right age now, and it’s sort of coming together, hopefully. Fingers crossed.”

Golden Point is chasing its first club firsts finals berth since the premiership season of 2001-02 and sits second on the ladder moving into round eight.

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In-form jockey out to continue run in Ballarat on Sunday

PATRICK Moloney is having a hot week in the saddle. The apprentice jockey has had two doubles.
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He began the run at Werribee on Sunday and repeated the dose at Sandown Lakeside on Wednesday.

He will be keen to keep the momentum going in Ballarat on Sunday.

Moloney has two mounts – both for his father, Flemington trainer John Moloney, who has enjoyed an excellent run of success over the past month.

Moloney junior willtake the reins on Flamsteed in the Hygain Benchmark64 Handicap, 120 metres, and Fairy House in the Sportsbet Benchmark64 Handicap, 1600 metres, for fillies and mares.

Each was a winner at their latest two outings.

Racing Victoria has programmed seven races for the Ballarat Turf Club family fun day, with the first at 1pm.

IMPORTED stayer Renew will gallop between races at Sportsbet-Ballarat on Sunday.

Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander has the Adelaide Cup in his sights with Renew, which joined his stable in the spring.

Renew has not raced since winning the Sandown Cup on November 15.

TOOLEYBUC Kid can earn a trip south for the group 3 Hobart Cup, 2400 metres, on February 9 with a win in Saturday’s $80,000 Piping Lane Handicap, 2000 metres, at Flemington.

Trainer Darren Weir said the two-time Caulfield 2000-metre winner last year would probably need to win in his next two runs to book a trip to Hobart.

“He’s coming along well, but he’ll take benefit again from the run over 2000 metres,” he said.

MICHAEL Stanley will be looking for a change of luck with his top-flight mare Blucolla Tigerpie in Sunday’s $25,000 Hamilton Pacing Cup.

Blucolla Tigerpie over raced and then choked in the Horsham Pacing Cup, forcing Stanley to retire her from the event.

The seven-year-old has not won since March, 2013, but is racing well enough to suggest shecan break back into winning form at Hamilton.

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Exciting day of fun, fashion and racing

SCOTTSDALE’S key social event for 2015 will be launched with a colourful display of frocks and fillies.
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The Scottsdale Cup was in dire straits about a decade ago, according to North Eastern Pacing Club president Kent Rattray.

Mr Rattray said dwindling attendances and costly overheads were seeing the club make a loss with the race event — originally held on a Saturday night.

The Scottsdale Cup now draws about 2000 people each year to the North-East track and is one of the biggest regional race meets for the state.

‘‘We turned it around,’’ he said.

‘‘We made it Friday night, put a band on and did the fashion parade, I think it’s the best thing we’ve done.’’

He said an $800 Flight Centre travel voucher was up for grabs as the main prize for the fashion parade and they would have Launceston band Wildfire performing after the last race.

‘‘We’re probably the premier night of the year at Scottsdale now,’’ Mr Rattray said.

‘‘A lot of people come and catch up with old school buddies it’s the night everyone comes up.’’

He said races will be broadcast on Sky 2 and the Cup will be shown on Sky 1.

Children’s pony trots will also be held between races one and three.

The first race will be held at 5.08pm, the last race will run at 7.55pm.

FAST FACTS

WHAT: Scottsdale Cup.

WHERE: Scottsdale Racecourse.

WHEN: from 4.30pm today.

Scottsdale’s Rebecca Irwin, 15, and Karalta Dazzler are both prepared for the Scottsdale Cup. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

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Former MKR cooks to show off pate

Former My Kitchen Rules contestants Bianca Johnston and Thalia Papadakis.SELL-OUT success in Hobart gives My Kitchen Rules darlings Thalia Papadakis and Bianca Johnston confidence their signature pate will win over Launceston hearts.
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The Southern best friends will sell their T&B Chicken Liver Pate at Harvest Market in Launceston on Saturday.

The pate won the judges’ hearts on My Kitchen Rules last year and has proven equally successful at various farmers’ markets in Hobart.

“We had a huge amount of orders around Christmas,” Miss Papadakis said yesterday.

“It’s a really rustic-tasting pate – it’s preservative-free and we only use Tasmanian produce.”

Creating and selling the product – along with salmon pate, labna and olive oil crackers – has become something of a full-time job for Miss Johnston and Miss Papadakis.

The duo still have plenty of time for cooking, though, and will attend Festivale in Launceston next month for a cooking demonstration and judging sessions.

“We’re really excited to come to Launceston, we’re so glad it’s finally happening,” Miss Papadakis said.

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