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Heat to monitor Lynn

06 January 2018

The Brisbane Heat will assess batsman Chris Lynn tomorrow after he was forced from the field in tonight’s win over the Perth Scorchers due to tightness in his calf.

The Heat medical staff will consult on any course of action, with a further update to be provided in due course.

Heat physiotherapist Martin Love said: “We took a precautionary decision with Chris in the field tonight, so will check him tomorrow and then work out what we do next.’’

Lynn hit 39 from 20 balls tonight as the Heat powered to 6-191 from their 20 overs.

The Brisbane Heat surged into a share of top spot on the BBL07 table tonight with a 49-run win over the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba.

The Heat brought a record Gabba BBL crowd to its feet when they posted 6-191 from their 20 overs before dismissing the previously unbeaten Scorchers for 142 from the last ball of the 19th over.

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Paceman Brendan Doggett (5-35 from four overs) became only the second Heat player to claim five wickets in a match when he took the last wicket of the Scorchers’ innings.

The Heat moved to eight points on the BBL table from their six games, leap-frogging the Scorchers (eight points from five games) with a superior net run-rate.

The record crowd of 35,564 had instant entertainment as the Bash Brothers catapulted the Heat into the match after the Scorchers had won the toss.

Chris Lynn (39 from 20 balls) cracked 31 runs before Brendon McCullum (32 from 27) faced his first ball.

Lynn struck five fours and two sixes as the “Bash Brothers” put on 59 runs for the first wicket in 5.3 overs.

“It would have been nice to kick on and get a real big one tonight but it wasn’t to be,” Lynn said.

“We tend to live and die by the sword but that’s the way we play.”

Lynn’s departure sparked a worrying mid-match slowdown for the Heat as they took 22 from six overs while the Scorchers fought their way back.

But the Heat relied on some familiar faces to reignite the innings.

Joe Burns (36 from 26) and Ben Cutting (46 from 20) rushed through a 62-run stand in 29 balls, combining for eight sixes.

Cutting hit five of those, as the Heat took 20 runs from the 17th over.

The Heat struck early as Mark Steketee (3-28 from 4 overs) claimed two wickets in successive balls, starting with the vital breakthrough of Michael Klinger (15 from 13) to a catch at third man.

The next ball, Hilton Cartwright fell to a sharp catch by Burns at first slip.

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The Scorchers were 2-38 after their powerplay, compared to the Heat’s 1-66 from their first six overs.

And the visitors’ troubles deepened when Mitchell Swepson (1-34 from 4) and Doggett took wickets from consecutive overs to reduce the Scorchers to 4-62 in the 10th over.

Yasir Shah (1-27 from 4) bowled very well, providing a huge boost for the Heat when he removed Scorchers captain Adam Voges (13 from 12) to leave the score at 5-102.

Doggett struck again late to deliver outstanding figures – he followed Dan Christian as the only Heat bowler to take five wickets –helped by a fine outfield catch by sub fielder Cameron Gannon.

Player of the match Cutting said the Heat had benefited this summer from contributions across the batting order, which they hoped to take into next Wednesday’s Gabba clash with the Hobart Hurricanes.

“We’ve got Baz (McCullum) and Lynny at the top of the order but we also know we have talent beneath those as well so it’s been great to watch the likes of Burnsy and Alex Ross playing well this season,” Cutting said.