Chris Lynn had a breakout T20 campaign last season. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au/Mark Evans
After hosting the final two straight seasons and coming up empty, the Perth Scorchers will be desperate to win some silverware in BBL03. The team that stopped them second time around, Brisbane Heat , is first cab off the rank this edition of the tournament. Heat easily accounted for the Scorchers in last year’s GF winning by 34 runs after a superb bowling and fielding performance.
This match features the two leading runscorers from last season’s tournament in the form of Luke Pomersbach and Shaun Marsh . The latter tallied five 50s in nine innings while former West Australian Pomersbach posted the highest score of the tournament with his unbeaten 112 in the semi-final clash with Hobart and add a brace of half-centuries. Both were kept relatively quiet in the grand final.
Pomersbach is likely to get a new opening partner this campaign with Brisbane signing former England T20 ‘keeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter . The Somerset gloveman led all run-scorers in England’s domestic T20 competition racking up 517 in 11 matches at an average of 64 and a very healthy strike-rate of 137 runs per 100 balls. Much like Marsh in the Big Bash, he showed great consistency picking up five 50s in the tournament with a high score of 89*.
Two players who had success not just in the decider, but throughout the entire competition, were Heat pacemen Ben Cutting and Alister McDermott. The duo took 23 wickets between them and Cutting, in particular, was miserly going at just over a run a ball. While Perth relied heavily on spin twins Michael Beer and Brad Hogg for breakthroughs last season, the Scorchers’ leading wicket-taker was Alfonso Thomas, the leading wicket-taker in the short version of the game across the globe. He picked up 12 wickets in eight matches including a best of 4/8.
Brisbane was much better on the road last season winning just one of four matches at home. The ‘Gabba hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Heat since its inception, with the men in teal winning just three of eight at the ground.
Live on Channel 10
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