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BBL10 | Heat vs Strikers: Gregory, Wildmeruth hold nerve as Heat clinch thriller

It turned out to be a nail-biting contest between the Sydney Sixers and the Brisbane Heat but in the end, it was the Heat who held their nerves and registered a 4-wicket victory with 7 deliveries to spare. The target which seemed tricky at the start of the run chase turned out to be a rather convincing victory for the Heat courtesy a brilliant match-winning unbeaten partnership of 50 runs in the final phase of the innings. While Lewis Gregory was unbeaten on 31 of 16 deliveries, Jack Wildermuth chipped in with a knock of 22 of just 10 deliveries. Meanwhile batting first, Sydney Sixers posted a competitive 165 on the board in their allotted 20 overs on the back of fine knocks from Joshua Philippe and Jordan Silk. Despite the loss, the Sixers will gain some heart from the fact they won the Bash Boost Point. 

The target of 166 could have been a stiff one for the Brisbane Heat. They needed a good start but the torrid run of Joe Burns continued as he was dismissed in the third over by Jackson Bird. It was Max Bryant who steadied the ship with Joe Denly with a brief little partnership but it did shift the momentum. Bryant looked in great touch during his knock of 40 of 23 deliveries but his wicket again tilted the scales in favour of the Sydney Sixers. Despite some wickets in the middle, it was Wildermuth and Lewis Gregory who again shifted the momentum in their favour and eventually chased the target down with 7 deliveries left. For his exceptional knock

Some useful knocks came from the blades of Sam Heazlett, Jimmy Pierson and Lewis Gregory as the Brisbane Heat kept the required run rate in check and found the boundaries whenever they needed the most. In the end, it was a quick partnership between Gregory and Jack Wildermuth which tilted the scales in favour of the Heat.

Earlier in the day, it was Sydney Sixers skipper Daniel Hughes who won the toss and opted to bat. The Sixers went off to a steady start courtesy their opening batters, Joshua Philippe and Jack Edwards. Yet again it was Mujeeb ur Rahman who spun a web around the opposition batters and bagged the wicket of Edwards in his very first delivery. From there on, it was Philippe and James Vince who forged a brief stand of 39 runs but it came in very quick time which turned the momentum in their favour.

Philippe struck some exceptional shots en route to his knock of 48 of 36 deliveries which were studded with a couple of fours and sixes each. Wickets fell in a cluster in the middle overs as Mark Steketee was the wrecker in chief who put the Sixers on the backfoot. Jordan Silk looked in ominous touch and struck 5 crisp boundaries during his knock of 43 of 27 deliveries.

Despite some wickets falling in a cluster towards the fag end of the innings, Dwarshuis struck a couple of lusty blows which and eventually helped them reach a more than competitive score of 165 on the board. Mark Steketee was the pick of the bowlers for the Brisbane Heat as he finished with figures of 4/33 while Mujeeb chipped in with a couple.  


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