Marnus Labuschagne’s three-wicket haul in which he removed the likes of Ashton Turner, Josh Inglis, and Colin Munro and scored a crucial 46 of 38 balls helped Brisbane Heat beat the fancied Perth Scorchers by 6 runs at Adelaide Oval to qualify for the BBL10 Finals. With this win, their points tally moved to 29 as they got all four points from the game.
Chasing a total of 182, the Orange brigade did get a good start as Liam Livingstone and Jason Roy added 53 in the first six overs before Swespon removed Livingstone. From there onwards it was a case of wickets falling at consistent intervals as Scorchers lost five wickets for just 41 runs. Aaron Hardie and Mitchell Marsh did try to pull things back but it was too little too late.
With 17 required from the last over and veteran Ben Laughlin, who had gone for 26 in his previous three overs, gave away just 10 as all the Scorchers could manage at the end of their 20 was 175-6. Marsh, 29 top-scored for the Perth side with 54 from 26 deliveries. For the Heat, Labuschagne was the best bowler with figures of 3-35 in his four.
Man of the Match Labuschagne credited fast bowler Ben Laughlin for bowling a tight line in the last over and also showed faith in his side for ‘making a meal’ of their chances in crunch situation every season.
“Our season has come down to the last game the last few years and we've made a meal of it. But Benny Laughlin got us through today with hitting that wide yorker. There's a lot of good things to take and momentum to take us to Brisbane,” he said in the post-match interview.
Earlier in the morning, Scorchers won the toss and invited Heat to bat. With the help of skipper, Chris Lynn’s 51 (25) and Lewis Gregory’s slog overs hitting 36 (23) combined with a calculated 46 from Labuschagne took the Brisbane side to 181 in their 20 overs.
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