Brisbane Heat opener Josh Brown played a tremendous knock that took the Heat to the final of the BBL season 2023-24. They will now face the Sydney Sixers in the final on January 24.
He scored 140 off 57 balls with 10 fours and 12 sixes in his innings that helped his team reach 214/7 in their 20 overs. Nathan McSweeney. The captain scored 33 of 29 shots.
Interestingly, six of the batsmen were dismissed for single-digit scores. After the captain was dismissed, Brown continued on his merry way knocking down opposing bowlers. The 119-run stand between Brown and McSweenyt set the stage for the big chase.
Brown was dismissed in the 17th over and from then on the rest of the Heat batsmen could not add much to the score. From 192/2 in the 17th over, Brisbane Heat only scored 214/7.
The Adelaide Strikers were bowled out for 160. Harry Nielsen scored 50 in the chase and Thomas Kelly scored 41 off 24 balls. Matthew Short scored 19 off 9 balls while opening the batting. Spencer Johnson took 3/20 with the ball. Xavier Bartlett took one for 30. Nathan McSweeney, the captain of the Brisbane Heat after scoring 33 with the bat, took wickets with the ball to turn the game in favor of the Brisbane Heat.
Brown hit the ball all over the ground as he bowled over the Adelaide Strikers bowlers. He hit the ball cleanly as it traveled the distance. He hit 10 fours and 12 sixes in his knock. Big hits turned into crowd catches as the Queensland crowd enjoyed a fantastic game of hitting.
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“Hopefully, I’ll be fine. My hip hurts a little. I haven’t assimilated it. I keep pinching myself. The first shot and I knew I felt good. I’m just looking to maintain balance. The power was always there. But I have worked on defense. When my day comes, I’ll get it for six quid. It would be interesting in the final at the SCG” he said when knocking.
Brisbane Heat qualified for the BBL playoffs by topping the table with 16 points. Sydney Sixers qualified with 4 points, Perth Scorchers with 13 points and Adelaide Strikers with 11 points. Perth’s hopes of playing in another BBL final and potentially winning it were dashed when the Strikers defeated them in the knockout match.
Perth Scorchers won back-to-back titles in the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons, but are now no longer part of the competition after losing to Adelaide Strikers. The Sixers have already reached the final having won Qualifier 1. Brisbane Heat defeated Adelaide Strikers to qualify for the final to be played on Wednesday.
McSweeney finished it off with a three-pointer, but Brown and Johnson hammered the final nails into the coffin. Brown scored a majestic 140 and Johnson hit a triple to ensure the Strikers’ chase was out of reach.
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