Brisbane Heat 9-167: McCullum (46 from 27 balls), Wildermuth (29 from 16). Lyon 4-23, Abbott 4-40.
Sydney Sixers 8-167: Henriques (64 from 34), Hughes (46 from 44). Steketee 2-21.
Sydney Sixers 0-22: Henriques (18 from 5)
Brisbane Heat 0-15: McCullum (13 from 5)
The Brisbane Heat’s season is over in the most amazing of circumstances, going down to the Sydney Sixers in a Super Over classic.
In a game where the visitors seemed to be in control for a majority of the contest, the Heat showed an immense amount of fight to keep themselves in the match with both bat and ball.
Jack Wildermuth and Marnus Lanuschagne played starring roles with the bat, combining for a match-saving partnership of 51 from 27 balls after coming together at 6-109, while Brendon McCullum continued to wow crowds with a brisk 46 from 27 balls.
The Heat overcame a mid-innings slump to post 9-167 from their 20 overs, driven by McCullum’s innings.
In reply, the Sixers were cruising as captain Moises Henriques (64 from 34) crashed five fours and three sixes. But that’s when McCullum found the Heat digging in, strangling the Sixers and leaving them with six runs from the final over.
They scrambled two runs from a skied final ball off an outstanding Ben Cutting over to send the game into a super over.
The Heat’s innings turned on its head in the 17th over when Wildermuth smashed two sixes and a four to take 20 run from it to give his side hope of setting a defendable total.
The Sixers looked in control of their chase and looked to be cruising at 2-133 in the 15th before Mark Steketee struck. It led to a mini-collapse of 4-12 that got the Heat back in the contest.
Ben Cutting then took one wicket and restricted the Sixers to five from the final over to set up the Super Over.
THE SUPER OVER
Having showed a cool head to get the Heat into the 20th over, Cutting was then tasked with bowling his team to victory in the Super Over. Things didn’t go to plan for the Heat all-rounder as Henriques cleared the boundary twice and found it once to score 22 runs.
McCullum and Cutting batted for the Heat but the pair were unable to reel in the Sixers’ total. McCullum finished the season in fitting style with a six but that left the Heat at 0-15, seven runs short of the Sixers’ total.
Despite tonight’s result, it has been a historic season for the Heat. After finishing second on the BBL ladder, this was the first time the club played a home semifinal.
Sellout crowds also meant BBL records were set at the Gabba for four out of our five home games.