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Fourth match, fourth wicket for Steketee

FOR the fourth successive game, Warwick paceman Mark Steketee took a wicket for the Brisbane Heat in a BBL T20 game.

He was among the wicket-takers for the Brisbane Heat side which kept its final-four hopes alive with a 32-run victory against Adelaide Strikers in Adelaide on Saturday.

Steketee took the first wicket of the opposition innings in his first three BBL games but had to wait to take the second wicket of experienced player Michael Klinger in the match against the Adelaide Strikers.

The Warwick paceman had Klinger caught and bowled for 17 off 15 balls to have the Strikers in trouble at 2-20.

Brisbane batted first and scored 7-129 off 20 overs, not the sort of total to install confidence in the team bowling second.

Craig Kieswetter hit 51 off 46 balls for the Heat , Luke Pomersbach 20 off 16 and debutant Ben McDermott 30 off 26.

The best partnership was 50 between Kieswetter and McDermott.

Like Steketee a fortnight ago, being promoted to the big time straight out of Australian under-19 cricket did not faze McDermott, a batsman who also keeps wickets but not in the game in Adelaide.

Heat captain James Hopes used Test paceman Ryan Harris and spinner Daniel Vettori with the new ball and both shone.

Vettori returned the third most economical four-over spell in BBL history with 2-10 and Harris had 2-14 off 3.2 overs after he dismissed the final Strikers batsman to have the home side all out for 97.

Steketee was used as first change by Hopes and finished with 1-29 off three overs. Cameron Gannon took 3-11 off two overs and Hopes took two wickets for the Heat.

Late in the Adelaide innings, Steketee was as safe as a bank in the outfield when he took a catch to dismiss Adelaide top scorer Nathan Reardon for 33.

Reardon is a Queensland-based batsman who played a game for the touring Wanderers side against Warwick at Slade Park at the start of this season.

With three wins from seven games, the Heat have the chance to qualify for the final with an away victory in its final fixture against Hobart Hurricanes on Thursday.

Melbourne Stars, Perth Scorchers and Sydney Sixers are all set to make the finals.

Earlier in the game, Strikers captain Johan Botha took 2-11 off four overs, a return which was relegated to 4th on the all time BBL economy list after Vettori's 2-10 later in the day.

Topics:  big bash league, mark steketee, t20



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