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.
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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