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Dominant McDermott Demolishes Debutant Side

09 January 2022

Some spectacular hitting from the reigning BBL11 run-scorer Ben McDermott has seen our valiant Brisbane Heat side heartbreakingly outgunned.

A hot and muggy evening in Brisbane saw Hobart Hurricanes stand-in captain Peter Handscomb eager to make the most of the conditions after winning the bat-flip and electing to bowl first.

The ‘Canes were down three of their best tonight, with captain Matthew Wade withdrawn from possible selection due to personal reasons and English import’s Harry Brook and Jordan Thompson out due to being close COVID-19 contacts.

Paddy Dooley, sister of former Heater Josie, was geared up to debut the teal, as Ronan McDonald moved to x-factor status, and spinner Jack Wood moved out of the role and into the playing XI.

Jack Clayton (6) and Jake Lehmann (9) opened the batting for the Heat again but struggled to create momentum early on, as the ‘Canes kept us to just 1-28 at the end of the PowerPlay.

The Heat’s two senior players Sam Heazlett (4) and Tom Cooper (1) managed just five between them, before Lachlan Pfeffer came to the crease to create some excitement.

Promoted to No.3, Fef was batting with a door, bringing up his 50 off just 33 balls.

Fef top-scored for us as he finished on 69, featuring six boundaries and clearing the rope three times.

Youngster Will Prestwidge, brother of WBBL Heater Georgia and former Heater Jack, came out swinging as he tripled his run to ball ratio (21 off 7), sending two bombs into a busy Gabba crowd.

Some handy runs from our lower order saw the Heat post a competitive 144 runs.

With Matt Wade out, the golden-cap donning Ben McDermott opened the batting with Caleb Jewell.

Just three balls into his over, Prestwidge (2-36) sent Caleb Jewell packing as he edged behind to keeper Fef for just nine.

McDermott maintained his title as BBL11 leading run-scorer as he put on a t20 masterclass, master-blasting 10 boundaries and two sixes.

McDermott was given a life on 52 as Steve McGiffin spilt a costly catch in the deep. But McGiffin made up for it later, catching and denying the opener a century as he fell to an agonising 93.

Alongside BBL veteran and stand-in ‘Canes captain Peter Handscomb, the prolific batsmen set the middle order up to chase down the total with three overs to spare.

While the Heat secured their sixth bash-boost point, the much-needed three point win would have moved us to clear fourth on the ladder, instead we now sit fifth.

With 12 members of our original squad and head coach Wade Seccombe due to finish their seven-day isolation period next week, we could potentially have a more familiar squad on Wednesday when we meet a seventh ranked Adelaide Strikers outfit at the Gabba.