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Sixers Too Strong

19 January 2022

A stifling summer’s day in Brisbane saw Brisbane Heat captain win the bat flip and send his men in to bowl first.

Two of Australian cricket’s biggest names made their return to the BBL for today’s match, with Marnus Labuschagne donning the teal for the first time this summer and his Ashes partner Nathan Lyon returning for the Sixers.

The visitors were off to a flyer with the end of the PowerPlay seeing a competitive score of 1-43, notably the best use of the four-over period of the BBL11 season.

A big mix up between opener Jack Edwards and Josh Philippe saw Edwards (25) run out by a beautiful bit of fielding from Marnus Labuschagne.

Michael Neser (3-39) had the Sixers leading run-scorer Philippe (18) caught on the boundary trying to slog one.

Daniel Hughes crunched seven boundaries as he and Sixers captain Moises Henriques (28) got the magenta’s innings racing with a stand of 57 for the third wicket after the early losses of Edwards and Philippe.

It was Marnus (1-23) with his brilliant leggie who took the breakthrough wicket of Henriques as he top edged one to keeper Peirson.

A slower short ball from Steketee (1-38) had Hughes trying to lift one over short fine leg, but Chris Lynn took the simple catch removing the batter for 59.

The wickets tumbled as the end of the innings drew near. Neser drew his second blood in Justin Avendano (12) and then Dan Christian (32) within the last two balls of the final over, limiting the visitors to a competitive 6-178 total.

Lynny made KFC Big Bash League history today as he surpassed 3000 BBL runs - an incredible achievement for the Heat veteran.

The opener was back to the sheds a few balls later, smoking one straight to Nathan Lyon at mid off for 19.

A ripper catch from keeper Philippe saw Marnie (3) out before he could even make a statement.

A brilliant caught-and-bowled effort from the Sixers paceman Hayden Kerr meant Ducky’s last stint in Australia was short-lived, as the Englishman was gone for just 3.

A barrage of runs came from Bryant and captain Peirson (42) as the pair brought up the 100-run mark together, their partnership featuring eight boundaries and one six.

Bryant went back-to-back following his marvellous 81 against the Perth Scorchers on Monday, as the young-gun finished on a team high-score of 56.

Baz held his nerve late with a handy 9*, but the tail couldn’t chase the 28 runs left to get the win and finish the season off with a bang.

A tough way out but that completes our BBL11 season, thank you for your unwavering support Heat fans!