Christian fires Hurricanes to victory, Lynn century in vain


Dan Christian's stunning 56 not out helped Hobart Hurricanes keep their Big Bash semi-final hopes alive with a 15-run win over Brisbane Heat on Tuesday.

The all-rounder's unbeaten innings came from just 24 balls and included four sixes, the highlight a huge maximum that soared onto the roof of The Gabba.

His efforts down the order came after the Hurricanes' top four set the perfect platform by scoring at a good rate.

An opening stand of 50 from Ben Dunk (27) and Tim Paine (25) was followed by a quick-fire 32 off 19 balls by Kumar Sangakkara.

George Bailey showed excellent running between the wickets as he hit 31.

The plaudits belonged to Christian though, as he provided some late impetus to the innings, his 117-metre maximum off Luke Feldman (1-53) a particular highlight as the visitors reached 194-4 from their 20 overs.

In reply the Heat - yet to win in this year's competition - made a dreadful start as Jimmy Peirson (1) and Lendl Simmons (0) fell inside the first eight balls of the innings.

At 7-2 the Heat always had a tough task on their hands and their batsmen struggled with the pressure, only Chris Lynn (101) showing any resistance with an impressive century off 51 deliveries.

Just three other players made it into double figures, leaving Lynn fighting a lone battle against the Hurricanes pace attack.

The skipper hit seven sixes and five fours on his way to three figures and gave his side a shot at victory despite their lacklustre start.

Heading into the penultimate over Brisbane needed 30 to win but lost four wickets in five balls - two of them run outs - as they came up just short.