Saturday 8 January - 7.30pm AEST at the Gabba.
While the boys in teal have only won three of their nine matches, our COVID-ravaged new look XI remained courageous against the Melbourne Renegades given the circumstances and will continue to do so against the Hobart Hurricanes on Saturday.
Jake Lehmann, son of assistant coach Darren, top-scored with the bat at 65 off 52 and proved his stint in the Big Bash is not over just yet.
With the twelve COVID-hit players and coach Wade Seccombe all in their seven-day isolation, the debutant side will take on the ‘Canes at the Gabba as planned.
Our in-form Sam Heazlett (242 runs) remains fit alongside stand-in captain Tom Cooper and Afghani spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who notably has one of the best bowling economies across nine matches (6.06) of the competition so far.
A fourth-placed Hurricanes outfit have remained competitive over the course of the season, but their form has plateaued of late after going down to low-scoring games against us on New Year’s Day and the Adelaide Strikers on Wednesday.
Opener Ben McDermott still remains leader of the runs tally at 364, while his co-smash brother D’Arcy Short sits sixth at 265 runs to date.
LAST TIME THEY MET
The home-ground advantage didn’t quite work in the ‘Canes favour on New Year’s Day.
Allrounder James Bazley blasted a much-needed 44 not out and x-factor sub Jack Wildermuth steered the Heat to post a competitive 150 runs.
Man-Of-The-Match Xavier Bartlett (4-30) sent veteran Matt Wade packing off his first ball. Just three deliveries later X made his second scalp removing the competition’s most in-form batter Ben McDermott for naught.
Mujeeb took a brilliant 3-20 and the impressive bowling stints were enough to take home the chocolates.
David Grant v Matthew Wade
It took South Australian Redback and Brisbane Heat debutant David Grant three balls into his appearance to make his right-arm fast-mediums known. Grant struck Sam Harper’s middle stump for naught, then took the breakthrough wicket of Australian International cricketer and ‘Gades captain Aaron Finch. Grant finished on an impressive 3-20 off his four will be one to watch on the Gabba’s pace-favoured wicket Saturday night.
There is no denying the Australian wicketkeeper-batter and BBL veteran is one of the competition’s biggest contenders. Across his 73 appearances, Matt Wade has notched a colossal 2008 runs, with a strike rate averaging just shy of 150.
While he has had a recent run of low scores, Wade’s form across the decade-long competition is second to none and the ageless t20 master will be one to watch at the Gabba come Saturday.