Samuel outstanding haul of 5-22 against the Melbourne Stars at the MCG remains the best figures by a Brisbane Heat bowler in the history of the BBL.
The Heat went into the final game of BBL|05 with just two wins for the season. While looking to finish the season on a high, they could also remarkably still creep into the top four, though it would require an almighty win to improve their net-run-rate.
Batting first, the Heat compiled 188 from their 20 overs, highlighted by five consecutive Chris Lynn sixes off the bowling of Ben in his knock of 56.
It meant the Heat would need to bowl the Stars out for 76 to keep their oh-so-slim finals hopes alive.
What seemed a miracle looked like a possibility as began ripping through the Stars batting order.
Luke Wright chopped on in the first over before Kevin Pietersen and Marcus fell in second to leave the Stars reeling at 3-16.
In third over, Peter was stumped after dancing down the wicket, then Rob Quiney skied one to mid-on next ball to leave him on a hat-trick. While he wouldn’t get it, spell of destruction left the Stars at 5-23 and a long way from victory.
David Hussey and Evan Gulbis resurrected the Stars’ chase to get them past 76, effectively ending the Heat’s finals hopes, but they would still fall 56 runs short of victory.
haul was the crowning achievement of his time in teal and was enough to get him back to the Heat for a second season where he played a pivotal role in the club making the semi-finals for the second time.