BBL12 result, Brisbane Heat complete biggest choke in BBL history after two-point loss to Hobart Hurricanes
The Brisbane Heat failed to secure a certain victory against the Hobart Hurricanes after spoiling their chase in Launceston.
The shocking loss threatens the team’s home final hopes as they now depend on the Stars beating the Thunder on Wednesday night to retain fourth place on the BBL ladder and the reward of a home final.
After the Hurricanes were sent to bat and went 9-120, the Heat were reduced to needing only 19 runs on the last 24 balls, and with six wickets in their inning.
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Victory still looked likely with a dozen balls to go, but Hurricanes spinner Tim David staged a stunning finish to take the game.
The off-spinner right arm produced a run out with three to go to turn the game around.
Brisbane then dropped two points from Hobart’s total.
“It’s amazing,” Brendon Julian said in a commentary for Fox Cricket.
“The Heat lost the captive there,” added Mark Waugh.
“The Hurricanes got out of jail there.”
The Heat’s innings didn’t start well with Usman Khawaja hitting a leading edge only to be caught by Mac Wright off Riley Meredith for 10.
As wickets began to drop with four overs to go, the Hurricanes smelled victory, but it still didn’t look convincing enough to change the likely outcome.
That was until David entered the attack in the final – prompting a run out of Matt Kuhnemann for a duck.
Versatile James Bazley hit a six in his 10 unstretched runs but made it four in the final.
The Heat needed four runs on the last ball to claim the win, but could only manage one to claim the victory.
Brisbane have become famous for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in games they are well and truly in control of.
Mid-order hitter Sam Hain was hit in the wrist by a delivery from Meredith that could rule him out of the Heat’s play-off final.
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