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The Semi Finals Equation

25 January 2018

The Brisbane Heat's chances of playing semi-finals are down to two results. Here's how we get there.

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THE LADDER
The Heat currently sit seventh on the BBL ladder, however can amazingly finish as high as third. 

REMAINING GAMES

Thursday Jan 25 - Scorchers vs Strikers at the WACA
Ideal Result - with the Strikers and Scorchers sitting first and second on the BBL ladder, the result of this game will not hold any consequence to where the Heat finish.

Saturday Jan 27 - Stars vs Hurricanes at the MCG
Ideal Result - a Stars win. Should the Stars upset the Hurricanes then it would mean the Heat can make the final four by defeating the Renegades and overcoming the Hurricanes net-run-rate (currently a difference of .054).

Saturday Jan 27 - Heat vs Renegades at the Gabba
Ideal Result - At a bare minimum the Heat need to win. When this game commences we will know the exact scenario that gets us into the top four. 

If the Stars defeat the Hurricanes earlier in the day, we'll need to beat the Renegades by enough to overcome Hobart's NRR to move into the top four.

If the Hurricanes defeat the Stars, then our only chance will be to leapfrog the Renegades.

To do this we will need to either.
- Bat first and win by a margin of 42 runs or better. Or; 
- Bat second and chase down the Renegades total in the 15th over. 

READ OUR HEAT VS RENEGADES MATCH PREVIEW

WBBL FINALS
The WBBL finals picture is far less clear with eight more games to play. Sitting fifth on 12 points, the Heat will be hoping to win their remaining two games against the Sydney Thunder and hope that the fourth placed Scorchers (14 points) drop at least one game against the Melbourne Renegades. 

The Heat's WBBL team will be in action twice on the weekend, playing at the Gabba on Saturday the 27th before backing up at Allan Border Field on Sunday. This game starts at 2pm and will include free entry. 

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