The Brisbane Heat’s season is over after going down to the Melbourne Renegades by 26 runs at the Gabba.
With a finals spot on the line, the Heat failed to chase down the Renegades total of 3-187 in front of a sold-out crowd at the Gabba.
The Renegades proved why they are a team to be reckoned with in the BBL finals, taking every opportunity that came their way with the bat and in the field in what was a quality performance.
Chris Lynn had Heat fans on their feet early as he blasted his way to 21 off 13. The game’s turning point then came when Marcus Harris took a screaming catch at mid-off to dismiss Lynn as he was starting to look hungry for a big score.
Lynn’s dismissal changed the momentum of the game, with the Heat then losing Sam Heazlett and Brendon McCullum in the space of seven runs.
Alex Ross and Matt Renshaw kept the Heat in the hunt with a partnership of 47 before the latter fell to a brilliant Tom Cooper catch.
Ben Cutting then clubbed 35 runs off 17 balls, including 21 off the 15th over to give the Heat hope, however his wicket late in the innings proved to be the catalyst for the Renegades victory.
The Heat will rue missed opportunities in the field, including dropping Marcus Harris early in his innings.
The Renegades were brilliant in the field, taking all but one of their chances, with Harris, Cooper and Jon Holland all pulling in absolute screamers.
Congratulations to Matt Renshaw who made his Brisbane Heat debut tonight.
A wonderful crowd of 34,543 packed into the Gabba for the Heat’s third sell-out of the summer!
The Heat players will be devastated to have finished the season outside the top four. Having started BBL|07 with four wins from their opening five games, a run of four consecutive losses saw the club’s finals hopes dashed.