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Hobart Hurricanes vs Brisbane Heat, live blog, live stream, how to watch, scorecard, videos, updates, Ben McDermott, Chris Lynn

Ben McDermott’s bid for a third consecutive BBL century was left in tatters as the Brisbane Heat sent the Hobart Hurricanes star walking for a duck at Blundstone Arena on New Year’s Day.

The third placed Hurricanes are looking to keep in touch with the joint competition leaders the Sixers and Scorchers, while the fifth placed Heat need to win to keep in touch with the top four.

The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to field first.

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The Hurricanes are coming off a big win over the Renegades on the back of McDermott’s second century in a row, while the Heat went down to the Sixers in a low-scoring thriller.

McDermott and Matthew Wade are the danger men for the Hurricanes at the top of the order, while Tom Rogers and Sandeep Lamichhane have been in good form with the ball.

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Heat captain Jimmy Peirson was sent walking in the second over after a ball from Riley Meredith was edged and caught by Matthew Wade.

Another edge, this time from Ben Duckett off a Tom Rogers delivery, was dubbed “lazy” by Mike Hussey and a “big blow” in a horror start for the Heat, who were 2-14 after two-and-a-half overs.

“It really does put Chris Lynn in a difficult situation here,” Hussey said on Fox Cricket.

“What does he do? His natural instinct is to make the most of the batting power play but he can’t really afford to do that at the moment when they’ve lost two wickets.”

Just as Lynn was starting to build his confidence, a Nathan Ellis saw him caught out by Meredith for just 13 runs, sending an already rough start into chaos.

Refusing to let the Heat settle in at the crease, the Hurricanes sent Max Bryant walking via a Jordan Thompson ball that was mistimed to the deep and caught by Ellis.

By the time the midway mark of the innings came, the Heat had managed just 61 runs for a loss of four wickets as light rain fell at Blundstone Arena, making for a mightily difficult task to revive their hopes.

The Hurricanes onslaught continued virtually straight after the break, with the third ball of Ellis’ over dismissing Xavier Bartlett.

Michael Vaughan said the Hurricanes looked to be “going for the jugular” in a bid to stop the Heat from even reaching triple figures.

Heazlett was dismissed for 26 runs after a Rogers ball was edged to Tim David.

Jack Wildermuth’s stint as an X-factor batsman provided a much-needed spark as he notched up 24 runs off 16 balls and provided some much-needed stability at the crease heading into the final five overs.

Sandeep would be the one to eventually dismiss Wildermuth for 28 runs at the mid-point of the 17th over with the Heat approaching 120 runs.

James Bazley looked to be the one who could turn the momentum of the match, coming in and putting on a brilliant display with the bat.

He finished with 44 runs from 27 balls to bring the innings to a close and launched the Heat to a score of 150 to take some confidence into the main break.

“It’s definitely something – the Heat have a buoyancy about their step and they have something to defend,” Hussey said.

Vaughan added: “I think the Heat from where they were five wickets down to get to 150, I think they’ll be delighted with that.”

That momentum was more than carried on to start the Heat’s stint with the ball, with Bartlett sensationally dismissing both Matthew Wade and McDermott in the space of his first over.

McDermott, chasing a third successive BBL century, was dismissed for a duck in an incredible turnaround.

Harry Brook was next to walk after some good bowling from Majeeb, who responded brilliantly after being taken for a boundary the ball prior.

Devoid of their two best run scorers, the Heat could manage just 44 runs by the midway point of the innings.

D’Arcy Short struggled to rack up runs but did start to put together a gritty stint at the crease to at least keep himself on the field.

Peter Handscomb looked to get on the front foot as he arrived on strike, launching a six early.

However, as the Hurricanes did to the Heat early in the first innings, the former was given barely any time to build momentum, with a Mujeeb delivery sending Handscomb out not long after for just 14 runs.

Bartlett’s superb stint with the ball heaped even more pain on the Hurricanes, with his dismissal of Short making it four wickets for just 22 runs.

His replacement in Ellis immediately looked to get on the front foot as the side threw caution to the wind in a last-ditch bid to avoid defeat.

Hobart XI: Matthew Wade (C), Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Harry Brook, Pete Handscomb, Tim David, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Ellis, Tom Rogers, Riley Meredith, Sandeep Lamichhane

Brisbane XI: Chris Lynn, Jimmy Peirson (C), Ben Duckett, Sam Heazlett, Max Bryant, Xavier Bartlett, James Bazley, Mark Steketee, Matthew Kuhnemann, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Liam Guthrie

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