Brutal Lynn extinguishes Scorchers


Chris Lynn inspired Brisbane Heat to an emphatic nine-wicket victory over Perth Scorchers to move them top of the Big Bash League.

Lynn smashed a BBL record-equalling 11 sixes in his astonishing unbeaten 98 off only 49 balls - the top score in this year's tournament - as the Scorchers were put to the sword in front of their own fans at a stunned Furnace on Thursday.

Brendon McCullum made 50 not out from 31, but it was Lynn who took centre stage in a record second-wicket stand in the competition of 148 to get the Heat - missing spinner Samuel Badree due to a hamstring injury - home with 32 balls to spare.

David Willey caught Lynn on 23, but stepped on the rope and Ashton Turner failed to hold on to a difficult chance to get rid of the man of the match, who dished out some brutal punishment to the Scorchers attack.

Lynn and McCullum have taken the BBL by storm and the former New Zealand captain, who snapped his bat before bringing up a second half-century of the tournament and was dropped on 28, cleared the ropes three times in another fine knock at the top of the order.

Mitchell Marsh top scored with a quickfire 71 off 41 deliveries in the Scorchers' total of 173-5, with Nick Buchanan (2-42) and Mitchell Swepson (2-27) claiming two wickets apiece before Lynn's masterclass.



Lynn blasted 85 not out and unbeaten 84 against Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes last week and he was at it again in Perth.

He unleashed some enormous blows after getting his eye in, with Mitchell Johnson hit for back-to-back sixes and the same happening to Marsh - whose mood worsened when Turner could not cling on from the following ball.

Lynn had to hold his breath when Willey did hang on in the deep, but put his foot on the rope upon landing after tossing the ball forward when off balance in his last game before joining up with the England squad in India.

The clean-hitting Lynn passed up the chance of scoring a century when he got the job done by clubbing Ashton Agar over midwicket and into the crowd, having also hit the spinner for six from the first ball of the over.



Australia all-rounder Marsh might have thought his exploits with the bat would be enough to keep the Scorchers at the summit.

He cleared the ropes three times and hit a further five boundaries after striding to the wicket at 41-2 when Ian Bell fell cheaply.

Marsh had some support from his brother Shaun, who made 32 off as many balls, but the hosts total proved to be nowhere near enough.



The Scorchers will have six days to lick their wounds before facing the new leaders at the Gabba next Wednesday.