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Heat Hurt Hurricanes Happy New Year

01 January 2022

A brilliant partnership between James Bazley and Jack Wildermuth put the Heat in the box seat to win away from home on a wet New Year’s Day at Blundestone Arena.

The veteran influence of Jack Wildermuth aided James Bazley in overcoming a slow start to his innings as he blasted the Heat to a much-needed victory over the Hobart Hurricanes.

While the Hurricanes kept their winning 11 unchanged, the Heat reshuffled the order again in hopes to remain competitive, removing Tom Cooper and moving Big X up to number six on the lineup.

Captain Peirson (5) continued his stint with Lynny at the top of the order, but it was only eight balls into the innings when he edged behind to keeper Wade.

Lynny was back to the sheds after what looked to be a confident start, but another great piece of fielding at point from Riley Meredith removed the big-hitter for 13.

From the player mic ‘Canes batter Peter Handscomb suggested that the Tassie rain had worn the wicket significantly and was the reason for sending the visitors in to bat first. Heat assistant coach Darren Lehmann echoed the sentiment, believing the Blundestone Arena track was a maximum 130-140 run wicket.

‘Canes quicks Tom Rogers (2-15) and Riley Meredith (1-23) added the Heat's remaining batters to their wickets column – Ben Duckett (5), Sam Heazlett (26), Xavier Bartlett (7), as the boys in teals’ innings slowly unravelled.

X-factor sub Jack Wildermuth (28) and James Bazley created an aggressive partnership that saw the pair sizzle the Hurricanes bowling attack late. Spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (1-37) was sent back to his mark with his head in his hands as Baz sent one out of Blundstone Arena and onto the road nearby.

The handy runs from Baz (44*) and Stekers (10) saw our boys in teal post a competitive 150 runs for the home team to chase.

It was first ball fever again for Bartlett (4-30) when he sent veteran Matt Wade packing for one. The competition’s most in-form batter Ben McDermott’s stay wasn't much longer, departing for naught just three deliveries after Wade, handing X his second wicket in the over.

After claiming the all-important Bash Boost point, magic Mujeeb (3-20) struck English import Harry Brook (22) lbw, and shortly thereafter took the big wicket of Peter Handscomb (14).

As Tim David (7), D’Arcy Short (27) and Jordan Thompson (7) departed, the loss of specialist batters ended nearly all ambitions of a Hurricanes come back despite a mighty fight from bowler Tom Rogers (33*), as the home team narrowly lost by 14 runs.

The much-needed win has kept our place in the competition alive, as we head back home for a meeting at Metricon Stadium with Moises’ Henriques Sydney Sixers on Tuesday.