Heat stay cool to sink Strikers after Dunk slams 85


Ben Dunk's 43-ball 85 proved in vain as the Brisbane Heat edged out the Adelaide Strikers in an action-packed Big Bash League contest at Adelaide Oval.

Dunk, in his first outing for the Strikers following a move from the Hobart Hurricanes, shared 133 with opening partner and T20 debutant Jake Weatherald in 11.1 overs, putting the hosts firmly in control despite Brisbane racking up 206-5 on Wednesday.

However, the two set batsmen then fell in quick succession and Brendon McCullum's team ultimately triumphed by 10 runs, thanks to some accurate bowling at the death.

After coming in for heavy punishment earlier in the match, Ben Cutting (2-46) bounced back superbly in the penultimate over, conceding just seven runs and yorking dangerman Kieron Pollard (1).

That ensured 17 runs were needed from the final set of six, a target Mark Steketee (3-32) was able to comfortably defend, taking two wickets in the process.

Alex Ross had earlier top-scored for the Heat in an innings that started and finished spectacularly.

Having been dropped on nought and five by Travis Head, Ross soon found his feet and thumped four sixes on his way to 64 from 36 balls, the majority of his runs coming late in the innings as the Heat bashed 47 off the last three overs.

Brisbane had also found the boundary with regularity in the powerplay, through McCullum (42 off 21 balls) and Jimmy Peirson (46 off 29), and a mid-innings lull brought about by Pollard (2-27) and Liam O'Connor (0-28) did not prove costly, even though Dunk and Weatherald combined for nine maximums in reply.



Those hoping for some box-office viewing courtesy of McCullum were not disappointed.

The former New Zealand captain collected his first 34 runs in boundaries - an uppercut six over point off Kane Richardson representing the highlight of his typically flamboyant knock.



Travis Head may have been guilty of two costly spills, but one piece of fielding certainly caught the eye on Wednesday.

A steward at Adelaide Oval was the talk of Twitter after pulling off a nonchalant catch when Joe Burns pulled Kane Richardson for six.

Without leaving his seat, the man dubbed 'Sam Security' by Channel Ten's commentators simply pouched the ball, before returning it and offering a cool thumbs-up to his adoring fans.