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Heat edge Strikers in BBL thriller

13 December 2012 14:43

Brisbane Heat have beaten Adelaide Strikers by three wickets on the final ball of a thrilling Big Bash League clash at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

Chasing 186 for victory, the Heat required 15 runs from the last over when Chris Hartley (five not out) hit a drive to the boundary for four following Peter Forrest's (12 not out) thumping six two balls earlier.

Hartley's boundary required a review after Callum Ferguson thought he had stopped the ball, but replays suggested the fielder had touched the rope, ensuring the Heat recorded their first win of the Australian domestic Twenty20 tournament.

The visitors' run chase gathered momentum after Luke Pomersbach smashed 65 runs, including two sixes and eight boundaries, and combined for a telling 99-run partnership with the impressive Joe Burns (37).

Once the duo's stand was broken following Burns' dismissal, the hosts sensed blood and claimed 45-4 courtesy of Kane Richardson (1-22) and batting hero Kieron Pollard's (2-38) ferocious spell to leave the Heat stranded on 150-5.

Chris Lynn (19) and Ben Cutting (13) chimed in with timely contributions to set up a tense finish before Hartley and Forrest batted through for a memorable victory.

Ferguson (52) and West Indies all-rounder Pollard (48) had earlier lifted Adelaide to 185-7.

Adelaide could not take advantage of the opening powerplay as they lost three wickets and scored just 40 runs inside the opening six overs.

Nathan Reardon (25) and Ferguson finally broke free of Brisbane's shackles in the 11th over punishing Cutting (2-37) for 18 runs including two sixes and a four.

But the fourth-wicket stand came to an end when Reardon was caught in the deep at long-on to pave the way for Pollard's introduction.

Ferguson and Pollard continued to take to the Brisbane bowling before Thisara Perrera (3-27) fooled the 25-year-old West Indian with a slower ball.

The Heat also started their innings slowly, before Pomerbasch battered six boundaries off two overs as they cruised to 51-1.

The West Australian launched two sixes and another four moments later as he closed in on a third T20 half-century.

Burns joined the action with a couple of maximums of his own either side of being dropped.

The 23-year-old would not be lucky a second time when Pollard turned hero with the ball and dismissed the right-hander.

The breakthrough was timely for the hosts, putting an end to Burns' 99-run stand with the fiery Pomersbach.

Pomersbach was then caught by Richardson to put the run chase in turmoil, but Perrera would not give up and blasted two sixes until he was caught in spectacular fashion by Ludeman.

Perrera edged a short ball that rocketed off the bat behind the stumps only to be plucked by a diving Ludeman for a spectacular catch.

Richardson bowled Christian (12) to leave the Heat needing an unlikely 35 from the last 18 balls until the visitors' late heroics.

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