Brisbane Heat Defeated by 162 for 6 (Renshaw 41). Hobart Hurricane 150 for 6 (Wade 45, David 44*, Nasir 3-27) by 12 runs
A resurgent Brisbane Heat continued their charge for a BBL play-off berth and ended Hobart Hurricanes’ chances with a crucial 12-run victory at the Gabba.
Three straight wins have the Heat firmly in playoff contention, while the Hurricanes are currently out of the picture after failing to break their drought on the road.
Nesser shines, Johnson holds the nerve.
Heat needed early wickets to defend what looked to be a paltry total at the traditionally batting-friendly Gabba. Nesser took the wickets of the struggling Ben McDermott and Zac Crowley as he produced a number of brilliant outswingers in his two-over burst. .
But with David looking unhinged, Nesser returned in the 15th over as the Hurricanes turned up the heat and he bowled well under pressure. He then bowled the last over and removed Mitchell Owen, but Faheem Ashraf’s first-ball six killed the contest.
Wade, David is unable to raise a hurricane.
With the Hurricanes slumping to 14 for 2, they needed a spark from skipper Matthew Wade who was in a form slip with just 68 runs in his last five innings while battling controversy.
Wade hit his stride in the fourth over with two boundaries off Johnson and unleashed his trademark inventiveness against spin. But they slumped to 45 in the 13th over with the onus falling on David, who put his feet down with two sixes off spinner Matthew Kuhneman in the 18th over.
His gamble of giving up singles paid off briefly, but it ultimately proved too much for David as the Hurricanes lost their seventh straight game on the road.
Khawaja scored 18 runs before giving a return catch to Faheem, while Lebuschgan scored 28 runs off 25 balls. Having played just one T20I in his career, Labuschagne is out to prove his strong longer format game can lead to success in T20 cricket.
But he did little to assuage doubts with a scrappy innings, where he struggled for time, before collapsing after a drinks break at a crucial juncture.
Missed Paris rediscovers its stingy best.
The Hurricanes were hoping for a comeback in the attack after the Scorchers were beaten by in-form batsman Aaron Hardy, who has dismissed most of the bowlers fairly this season.
It was a tougher task without injured spinner Paddy Dooley, who enjoyed a breakout season to emerge as an unlikely talisman of the attack.
Frontline quicks Riley Meredith and Nathan Ellis were costly, but a brilliant performance from left-arm pacer Joel Parris helped restrict the Heat. Parris has been in and out of the lineup and before this match had taken just three wickets in five innings at an economy rate of 8.56.
But he combined the swing during the powerplay and then dismissed Lebuschagne in the 11th over. Paris also bowled a clutch over at the death with figures of 2 for 15 from four overs in his best performance of the season.
Fahim was also accurate to frustrate Heat, who at one point failed to hit a boundary for six overs. Sharp catching capped a notable improvement in the field for the Hurricanes.
Tristan Lovelette is a journalist based in Perth.