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December 30, 2020

‘Extraordinary’ end to Big Bash thrillerThe final delivery at the Gabba.

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The Brisbane Heat have lost their Big Bash League fixture against the Hobart Hurricanes by the barest of margins, falling agonisingly short in their run chase at the Gabba.

Chasing 151 for victory on Wednesday evening, the Heat found themselves needing two runs from the final delivery to secure a win.

Hurricanes paceman Scott Boland delivered a low full toss, which Mark Steketee slapped into the covers and promptly sprinted through for a quick single.

It was stopped by South African international Colin Ingram, who struck the wickets at the non-striker’s end with a direct hit.

The decision went upstairs to the third umpire, and replays showed that Steketee’s bat had bounced as the stumps were dismantled.

The untimely bounce meant Steketee had been run out, and the Hurricanes had secured a nailbiting one-run victory.

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A chorus of boos echoed around the Gabba when the verdict appeared on the big screen and the baffled Hobart players celebrated in the middle.

“I spent the last two minutes trying to slow my heart rate and take a lot of deep breaths, because that was pretty extraordinary finish,” Hurricanes captain Peter Handscomb said on Fox Cricket after the match.

“To defend (15 runs) off those last two overs was pretty bloody awesome.

“I thought (Steketee) was in, didn’t know the bat was up in the air. But once we saw the replays, we were pretty happy.”

Former Australian Test bowler Trent Copeland tweeted: “Unbelievable run out to finish! Cracking game of cricket. BBL is delivering! Anyone can beat anyone. Last over finishes so often.”

Women’s T20 World Cup champion Megan Schutt posted: “Crazy good game of cricket.”

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Heat newcomer James Bazley finished with 49 not out off 31 balls, his classy knock featuring four boundaries and three sixes.

Hurricanes speedster Riley Meredith was the chief destroyer with the ball, claiming 3/21 from four overs.

He was supported by former Australian paceman Scott Boland, who only conceded 18 runs from his four-over spell.

Earlier, Afghan tweaker Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in the T20 format to help restrict the Hurricanes to 150.

For their next fixture, Hobart will take on the Melbourne Stars at Blundstone Arena on Saturday afternoon.


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