Articulate, intelligent and a team man to the core, Chris Hartley is the glue that binds together a winning dressing room.
Nothing highlighted this more than BBL|02, when the diminutive left-hander took over the captaincy from the injured James Hopes at finals time and led his side to championship glory.
A tireless trainer and diligent learner, he provides the Heat with the comfort of knowing they have the safest hands in Australia behind the stumps coupled with an ability to bat anywhere in the order.
His batting provided the Heat with one of the great memories of BBL|02, teaming with Pete Forrest to take 15 off the final over against the Strikers to claim a euphoric victory in Adelaide. Needing three to win off the final ball, Hartley cover drove a boundary.
Not renowned as a big-hitter, he played all 10 games in BBL|02 after notching five of the seven games for the Heat in KFC BBL|01, producing four not outs in his five visits to the crease at the end of the innings.
He was a valuable contributor in the dressing room and the editing room both seasons, creating a number of videos for the club website.
A qualified journalist, he is a a dab hand with the movie camera and editing suite, and is a big personality in front of it.
His increasingly famous wardrobe of shoes featured in a number of segments on the Heat website, having collected a range of unique sporting and casual footwear from around Australia and the world.
Having been born in Nambour, the major inland centre from the Sunshine Coast, 'Harts' grew up in the western Brisbane suburb of Kenmore.
He was a highly talented AFL player but chose cricket after being told at the age of 16 he was too small to make it in the oval-ball game – bad move AFL!
Harts has gone on to win the Queensland and Australian player of the year awards for his efforts in the four-day game, won two Sheffield Shields, three Ryobi Cups and added the BBL title in January 2013.
Wicketkeeping in the T20 is a breeze when you consider Harts once spent three days in the field through 236 overs as Victoria racked up 806 runs in a Shield game in 2009 – and he didn't concede a single bye!
Just like you want the safest possible tyres on your car, this bloke gives us 100% peace of mind behind the stumps - super compact, super professional. I’m super happy!