Tye hat-trick helps Scorchers stifle Heat to go top
Andrew Tye, Michael Klinger and Mitchell Johnson starred as Perth Scorchers defeated a Brisbane Heat side missing Chris Lynn by 27 runs in the Big Bash League.
The top run-scorer in this year's competition with 309, Lynn's form saw him called up to the Australia squad for the one-day international series with Pakistan.
And the Heat could have done with their star man in the line-up for Wednesday's meeting at the Gabba, as the hosts struggled to 129 all out chasing 157 for victory, finished off by Tye's hat-trick.
The Scorchers' innings was held together by captain Klinger, whose 81 from 54 balls at the top of the order featured six fours and two sixes and was the only score of note.
Alex Ross' 39 from 40 was the Heat's best effort in response as Johnson's 2-25 set the tone up front before Tye (4-22) rounded off an impressive win in style.
Tye removed Jack Wildermuth with the final ball of the 18th over, before Mitchell Swepson holed out from the first ball of the 20th and Mark Steketee was cleaned up next delivery.
IT'S TIGHT AT THE TOP
Wednesday's defeat was only the Heat's second of the campaign, and means the table makes for interesting reading.
With this win, the Scorchers have moved level with their opponents on eight points from six matches, a record matched by Sydney Sixers.
Scorchers top the table by virtue of a marginally superior net run rate ahead of the Heat.
WHITEMAN RULED OUT WITH CONCUSSION
There was concern for Scorchers wicketkeeper Sam Whiteman, who was struck on the head while batting against Heat opener Tymal Mills in the first innings.
Whiteman continued, but, after his dismissal for 12, was ruled out of returning to the field for the second innings, in line with Cricket Australia concussion guidelines.
Cameron Bancroft replaced Whiteman behind the stumps and took the catch to dismiss Wildermuth at the start of Tye's hat-trick.
There was a moment to forget for Heat skipper Brendon McCullum and his team-mate Joe Burns, who collided in attempting to take a catch on the long-off boundary.
Klinger lifted Ben Cutting over his head and as the two fielders converged, they crashed into each other close to the rope.
Somehow, Burns held onto the catch but the momentum from the collision sent him over the boundary and a six was signalled.
There could also be further bad news for McCullum, the captain facing a potential suspension from the next match after the Heat exceeded the 90-minute allowance to bowl their overs for the second time this season.