Former Champions Brisbane Heat narrowly sneaked in home against Melbourne Stars at Brisbane by just 1 run in spite of a late surge by Stars’ batsman Rob Quiney. Rob Quiney returned back after getting treatment in his injured hamstring and scored a fighting 22 runs off 9 balls, which was not enough to carry his side home.
Needing five to win off the final ball in the chase of 165, Quiney slogged Ryan Duffield high towards the deep midwicket where it was dropped and in the mean-time, the batsmen managed to run only 3 runs and fell 1 short of equalling Heat’s total which would have taken the game to the super over.
Chasing 164 from 20 overs, Stars got off to a worst possible start as they lost the wickets of Cameron White and Glenn Maxwell in the first over of the day. Veteran David Hussey too didn’t last long as he was caught by Simon Milenko off Duffield for 9. Opener Luke Wright tried his best before Dan Christian had him caught by James Hopes for a 23 ball 33.
James Faulkner joined Quiney before the latter went to the pavilion retired hurt to get some treatment. In the mean-time, Faulkner and young wicket-keeper Tom Triffitt put on a 42 run partnership in 5 overs before former English All-Rounder Andrew Flintoff struck. Flintoff removed Faulkner and Hastings in the same over and set the stage for a Heat’s victory. Triffitt too was dismissed in the next over by Kiwi spinner Daniel Vettori and that bought Quiney to the crease. Quiney remained unbeaten on a 31 ball 45 with one six and three sixes.
Duffield, who was named the man of the match was the pick of the bowler with figures of 3-28 that included a beauty to dismiss Glenn Maxwell.
Earlier put into bat by Stars, Heat managed to put on 164-8 on the board courtesy some big hits from Ben Cutting and Fintoff that backed the contributions of Chris Lynn and Nathan Reardon.
Brief Scores: Brisbane Heat 164-8 (Lynn 48, Reardon 30,JAmes Faulkner 2-26) lost to Melbourne Stars (Quiney 45, Wright 33, Duffield 3-28) by 1 run.