Greeted by sellout crowds on both days of the inaugural event, the Heat proved why they are a team to watch this season after impressing with both bat and ball.
Friday’s match was a pulsating affair, with the Heat chasing down the Hurricanes’ target of 155 with four balls to spare and five wickets in hand.
Spin proved key for the Heat with Samuel Badree and Mitchell Swepson each taking two wickets, while Jason Floros chipped in with one. Ben Cutting once again showed his all-round value with a stunning catch, two wickets and a match-sealing 39 runs off 17 balls.
Saturday’s match proved a much more comfortable task, with the 48-run win set up by a fabulous all-round batting performance. Jimmy Peirson (65 from 41 balls) was brilliant at the top of the order, while he also shared a 92-run stand with new recruit Alex Ross.
Jason Floros was another standout performer with his lusty hitting (35 from 15) helping the Heat reach 6-188.
A thunderous George Bailey innings had Hobart in the game for most of the chase, but the Heat’s big total plus a polished bowling and fielding performance was too great a task for the visitors.
We're all set to go vs @HurricanesBBL here at the Sunshine Coast! Plenty of action around the grounds 🔥🙌👍 #TurnUpTheHeat pic.twitter.com/yqXFRqajRK— Brisbane Heat (@HeatBBL) December 17, 2016
Bringing some of the world’s greatest cricket talent to the region, the KFC Sunshine Coast Smash will undoubtedly go down as a great success. With free tickets on offer, sold out crowds flocked through the gates and were treated to T20 action of the highest caliber.
The event marked the pinnacle of an important partnership between Queensland Cricket and the Sunshine Coast Council that will see top-class cricket brought to the region for the next two years.
The KFC Sunshine Coast Smash received fantastic support from local businesses, cricket clubs and volunteers, including official Event Partner Fox Taylor Wildwaters Lawyers.
The Heat fly to Adelaide on Monday before the club’s opening BBL|06 fixture against the Strikers at the Adelaide Oval.
Brisbane will get its first taste of the BBL when the Heat again host the Hobart Hurricanes on Friday the 30th of December at the Gabba. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.