If you were putting together a highlights package of Chris Lynn’s exploits in a Brisbane Heat jersey, you would be spoilt for choice for content.
Over the seven seasons of the BBL to date, Lynn has left his mark on the competition as a two-time Player of the Tournament, sitting third on the all-time run-scorers list, and in BBL|07 he became the first player to hit 100 sixes.
There’s his century against Hobart in BBL|05, a phenomenal match-winning knock against the Thunder in BBL|06, and his partnership with Brendon McCullum at the WACA that same season.
There is one moment however that stands alone as a showcase of the brilliance that is .
Before the Heat’s game against the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba in BBL|06, only two players held the distinction of having blasted a ball out of the stadium.
The first was Brett Lee in 2005 in a Test against the West Indies.
The second came from a former Heat player in Dan Christian who thumped Luke Feldman onto the Northern Stand roof.
Lynn matched, if not exceeded, both efforts with his six off Shaun Tait that sailed out of the stadium and landed in the Gabba nets.
After a fast start, the Heat were 1-71 at the beginning of the 7th over, with a lot of work still to be done chasing a further 103 runs from 84 balls.
Tait fired in a quick one right in Lynn’s slot, with the master-blaster giving himself the slightest bit of room before launching the ‘Wild Thing’ out of the stadium.
talks us through it.
“I hate facing . He bowls fast, so if I don’t hit the ball, it hits me.I don’t think he knows where they are going most of the time, so I certainly don’t know.When I face him, I just try and get in a strong position and swing as hard as I can.
“I made pretty good connection. I thought I might have hit it too high, then I thought it had every chance of going on the roof, so I was trying to ride it home to get it up there.”
“I didn’t know what to do after I hit it, so I just gave Baz a quick wink. We still had a decent total to chase at that point, so still plenty of work to be done.”
It remains one of the Big Bash League’s defining moments.