Only three teams remain in the race for this years BBL title with the winner of the “challenger” final to play off against the Sydney Sixers in the grand final.
The Heat won their second consecutive final on Sunday night chasing down the 158 run total set by the Thunder with 5 balls to spare. Jimmy Pierson again played a key role under pressure in the middle order whilst Sam Heazlett won the man of the match for his 74 off 49 balls.
The Scorchers lost early wickets against the Sixers but recovered well to post a respectable total of 167. However it wasn’t enough. An opening partnership of 92 in quick time between James Vince and Josh Phillipe set the game up for the Sixers who ended up chasing the total just 1 wicket down.
These sides met twice during the regular season with the score line 1-1. The Heat were narrow victors in the most recent encounter – the Scorchers dominant earlier in the season.
Heat skipper Chris Lynn hasn’t fired yet in this years finals series so it won’t surprise if he has an impact with the bat but even so I think the Scorchers put an end to Brisbane’s season on Thursday night. They are just a superior cricket side with both bat and ball and if they play anywhere near their best they will be too big and strong for the Heat who are lacking middle order power.