PACE: Mark Steketee of the Heat bowls during the Big Bash League (BBL) match between Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers at the Gabba, Brisbane, on Friday night.
PACE: Mark Steketee of the Heat bowls during the Big Bash League (BBL) match between Brisbane Heat and Perth Scorchers at the Gabba, Brisbane, on Friday night. GLENN HUNT

Big Bash is really attracting the fans

48 Hours column with Gerard Walsh

I WAS speaking to a fellow swimmer at WIRAC last week and he was going home to watch the Big Bash.

My fellow swimmer is a retired rugby league player but the reality is people from all sporting backgrounds are watching the Big Bash.

In the men's competition, Warwick paceman Mark Steketee took 3-28 off four overs in an easy Heat win against Perth Scorchers on Friday night in Brisbane.

His figures included successive wickets in his second over to dismiss Michael Klinger and Hilton Cartwright.

Delissa Kimmince was used at No.4 with bat and ball as the Brisbane Heat women won the first of the two games against Hobart Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on Sunday.

The former Warwick junior hasn't been needed to bat a lot lately due to the brilliant form of Australian and Heat opening batter Beth Mooney.

Mooney claimed her third consecutive player of the match award on Sunday with an unbeaten 62 off 43 balls.

In the Monday game, Kimmince made 43 off 36 balls in the Heat 4-168 off 20 overs and Hobart is 2-86 off 12 overs. Kimmince has 0-9 off two overs.

The Heat men host Hobart on Wednesday night at the Gabba in their next game.

AUSSIE RULES: The Warwick Redbacks will be back to training this week determined to build up strength for their return to division 1 in the Downs men's competition.

Training for Redbacks men and women resumes at 5.30pm Thursday at Warwick Credit Union Oval on Jackie Howe Drive and then each Tuesday and Thursday.



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