Brisbane Heat moved up to fifth on the Big Bash ladder after a five-wicket win over last-place Melbourne Renegades on Thursday night, despite a mid-innings collapse that had Brett Lee joking on Fox Cricket: “This could be the biggest comeback since Lazarus.”
Chasing the Renegades’ total of 6/149, Heat captain Chris Lynn was given three extra lives by poor Renegades fielding, but put his side under pressure by giving up his wicket for 50 off 39, batting extremely aggressively despite the chase being well under control – something which had Mark Waugh fuming.
But after a collapse of 4/12, Joe Burns guided the Heat to victory with an unbeaten 31*, having earlier taken a screamer in the first innings.
MATCH CENTRE: Wickets, videos, live scorecard
The ONLY place to watch every match of the 2020/21 KFC BBL Season Live & Ad-Break Free During Play is on Fox Cricket, available on Kayo. New to Kayo? Get your free trial now & start streaming instantly >
The Renegades batted first and limped to an under-par 6/149 thanks to 50 not out to Beau Webster (off 40) and youngster Jake Fraser-McGurk hitting 40 off 33.
The Heat won the bat flip and opted to bowl, a decision which was immediately rewarded when Shaun Marsh was dismissed for a golden duck in the first over, with Bartlett cleaning him up lbw with a late inswinger. It was a sour return for Marsh, who had missed the previous two matches after remaining in Perth for the birth of his third child.
The Renegades rebounded strongly, until axed Australia gun Joe Burns grabbed a superb catch at backward point in the fifth over. Burns soared into the air and threw up his right hand to snare a fantastic fingertip catch, dismissing Mackenzie Harvey for 20(14) off spinner Matthew Kuhnemann.
“Joe Burns takes a screamer,” Brendan Julian commentated on Fox Cricket. “That’s a speccy,” Brett Lee added.
That left the Renegades 2-34 with Aaron Finch coming in at fourth for the first time in his Big Bash career.
Mark Steketee had Sam Harper dismissed for 15(14) the next over, caught behind edging a slower off-cutter, and leaving the Renegades struggling at 3/36.
Aaron Finch was given LBW by Jack Wildermuth as the Manuka Oval pitch offered plenty of variation, Finch falling for 13 off 13 when a straight delivery kept low.
Beau Webster and Jake Fraser-McGurk helped the Renegades to a respectable total with a 50-run partnership.
Morne Morkel, the 36-year-old former South Africa paceman, was brought on as the X-Factor substitution for the Heat, replacing Xavier Bartlett who had bowled the first over of the match and picked up one wicket for two runs.
The debutant Morkel bowled the 12th over, and despite having not played competively since August – and having had ankle surgery in the meantime – he showed few signs rust, striking Fraser-McGurk on the groin and going for just three runs in his first over. He would finish with figures of 1/29 off four overs.
Fraser-McGurk was given a second life on 20 when Mark Steketee misjudged a catch in the deep, running back towards the rope but failing to gather the ball with one hand.
Steketee copped just the second six of the innings as Fraser-McGurk tried to tee off, but he was caught just two balls later (40 off 33) skying a leading edge to long on.
It was the second-consecutive impressive innings from the 18-year-old, who notched an unbeaten 29 off 23 in the Renegades’ win over the Adelaide Strikers in their last match.
Morkel bagged his first wicket of the tournament in the 18th over with Prestwidge launching one directly into the air.
Chris Lynn got underneath the ball, which went what seemed like half a kilometre into the sky, and was lucky to hold on with his fingertips to send Prestwidge back to the dugout for a duck (off 2).
A late surge meant the Renegades finished 6/149 – what Brett Lee called “a pretty decent score in the end.”
The Heat got off to a slow start, with just one run off the first over and five off the second. But Chris Lynn and Max Bryant were growing in confidence and were comfortably rotating the strike and punishing loose deliveries.
In the seventh over, Max Bryant gave his wicket away needlessly chasing a six when he holed out to Peter Hatzoglou, caught by Beau Webster, to leave the Heat 1/46. Bryant was 23(26).
While the Heat had fielded superbly, the Renegades were poor – Noor Ahmad dropping Chris Lynn in the ninth over when he was on just 22.
Ahmad was immediately brought onto bowl the next over, and his night went from bad to worse as he copped 13 off the over as the Heat reached the Bash Boost target of 72 on the last ball of the over.
Lynn sliced a shot straight up in the air and Shaun Marsh hung onto it slightly more comfortably than Lynn himself caught a sky-high shot in the first innings. Lynn was 35 off 28. But Prestwidge was found to have given up a rare back foot no ball, and Lynn was given a third chance!
The Heat bagged 17 off the over as Prestwidge was left shaking his head ruefully.
Lynn was nearly caught a third time in the 40s when he slashed at a wide Imad delivery, with Peter Hatzoglou misreading the ball and backing up, only for the ball to fall just short of him.
“You’ve got to do better than that as a professional cricketer,” Mark Waugh said of Hatzoglou’s attempt on Fox Cricket. “He should have been out three times!”
Robert ‘Crash’ Craddock joins Tom Morris to wrap up an action-packed SCG Test on the latest FOX Cricket podcast
Lynn made them pay by reaching his 50 from 38 balls, before falling for 51 off 40 when he chopped onto his own stumps in the 14th over, Richardson’s wicket leaving the Heat 2/106.
Mark Waugh was thoroughly unimpressed by Lynn’s aggressive tactics with the run chase in a comfortable position.
“They’ve left the door open for the Renegades through Chris Lynn playing a shot he didn’t have to play,” Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket.
“I just think Chris Lynn’s got to be better than that as a leader. The other guys watch him in the way they. I know he’s free flowing and a box office player, but sometimes you’ve got to be smarter than that.”
Brendon Julian added: “And that’s why the Heat lose close games. They’re not experienced in being ruthless and closing it out. And that’s the type of culture you breed.”
Lewis Gregory fell for a duck, edging to the keeper off Prestwidge.
Waugh was unimpressed with the Heat giving up wickets unnecessarily by playing aggressively at inappropriate times, saying: “They do it a lot, the Heat.”
Joe Denly fell for 31 off 25, popping the ball up to mid on in the 16 over, the first of the Power Surge.
Waugh’s rant continued, saying: “If they get beat here, the Heat, Chris Lynn needs a kick up the backside and a big one. As good a player as he is, he didn’t need to do that and he’s put the pressure on these guys.
“They should have cruised this. They should have absolutely cruised this… They’ve got to bat smarter.”
James Bazley was gone for 1 off 2, stumped trying to dance down the wicket to Hatzoglou. The Heat were 5/117, having lost 4/12.
“This could be the biggest comeback since Lazarus,” Brett Lee joked.
But Joe Burns hit 31* off 15 to bring things home, shaking off the pressure with a clinical knock to secure a five-wicket win with eight balls to spare.
“It wasn’t pretty but we got all the points tonight,” Lynn said.
Follow the action in our live blog below. If you can’t see the blog, click here.