Heat end Perth unbeaten start

06 January 2018 20:42:27 GMTPlus10

Perth Scorchers suffered their first defeat of the Big Bash League season when they lost to Brisbane Heat by 49 runs in front of a record Gabba crowd.

The defending champions saw Ben Cutting play a key role for the Heat with the bat.

The power hitter, who last played for Australia in an ODI four years ago, completed his transition from fast bowler to clutch batsman.

Cutting resurrected a faltering Heat innings from No 6 with a lusty match-turning knock of 46 (20 balls), including five sixes, to pilot the home side to 191-6.

The Scorchers were then bowled out for 142, with Brendan Doggett claiming five wickets.

Cutting only bowled two overs - bringing his total to just four in six matches in the competition but Mark Steketee took two wickets in two balls in the fifth over to reduce Perth to 2-23.

Brisbane (4-2) moved level on points with the two-time defending champions but they have played one extra match.

Heat coach Daniel Vettori's only concern was over Chris Lynn having to leave the field due to calf tightness.

Lynn had earlier became the first batsman in seven seasons of the BBL to hit a century of sixes as he got the Heat off to a flyer with 39 off 20 balls after the home side were sent in.

He reached the 100 mark at the end of the fifth over by smashing Jhye Richardson over mid-wicket. But his dismissal next over swung the momentum the visitors' way as their defensive bowling attack, led by spinner Ashton Agar (1-22), turned the screws.

Brisbane went seven overs without a boundary and lost Sam Heazlett (11), Brendon McCullum (32) and Alex Ross (3) to be 94-4 in the 13th over.

Cutting, who was dropped when on one by Agar in the deep, went on to combine with Joe Burns (36 off 26) in a 62-run stand featuring two monster 90m-plus sixes.

Brisbane Heat are 7.00 to reach the BBL final.

Perth Scorchers are 2.00 to win their next game against Melbourne Renegades, who are 1.85.

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