Sport

Bowler keeps cool in heat of the moment

AT PACE: Local prodigy Mark Steketee bowls during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Stars at The Gabba on Saturday.
AT PACE: Local prodigy Mark Steketee bowls during the Big Bash League match between the Brisbane Heat and the Melbourne Stars at The Gabba on Saturday. Matt Roberts Getty Images

WARWICK paceman Mark Steketee could become a "Ben Cutting" type of bowling all-rounder if he improves his batting - that is the word from Brisbane Heat coach Stuart Law.

Steketee took 2-22 off 3.4 overs after being entrusted with the last over of the innings in his side's three-wicket loss to BBL T20 leaders Melbourne Stars on Saturday night.

The Brisbane Heat batted first to make 7-144, Dan Christian top scoring with 68 in front of a record Saturday night crowd at the Gabba.

The Stars were on top with the bat before Steketee took the first wicket of the innings for the third successive time when he had former Test player Cameron White caught at mid-on by Cutting.

Steketee conceded nine runs, two and one from his first three overs.

The Stars needed 36 from the final 24 balls and then six from the last six with four wickets in hand.

Steketee was hit for two consecutive twos by another former Test player Rob Quiney before taking his wicket with the third.

All rounder John Hastings then hit a flat six over mid-wicket to win the game for the Stars.

Law said it had to be Steketee to bowl the last over after Alister McDermott was hit for easy runs in the 18th over.

"It was an easy decision for captain James Hopes to give the ball to Mark but it is hard work to defend six runs in the final over, particularly in T20 cricket," Law said.

"Mark is bowling at very good pace, on a good length and is hard to hit. He just lets it go. I am enjoying his progress.

"He was the best of the fast bowlers against the Stars. Medium pacer James Hopes also bowled well."

While Steketee is yet to bat in his first three T20 games, Law said he was promoted one place up the order in the run chase against the Sydney Sixers but wasn't required to bat.

"I haven't seen a lot of his batting but know he can give it a thump. He doesn't have a classic style but is a true tail-ender. If he takes it a bit more seriously and starts striking a few, he could be another Ben Cutting," Law said.

Cutting is the go-to man for the Heat when in quest of quick runs and has a Sheffield Shield century for Queensland.

Last season, Steketee hit two centuries for Maryvale in club cricket in Warwick. While there is no comparison between Warwick and Shield cricket, Steketee proved for Maryvale he had the ability and concentration to build an innings, even if he used the long handle to most of the bowlers.

Steketee said yesterday he wasn't nervous when given the ball for the last over.

"You play the game for those moments," he said.

There were no special directions for the last over when only six runs were required.

"We had a plan and just had to execute it," Steketee said.

"It has been good playing for the Heat."

After the game, he had a chat with Test star Ryan Harris.

"Ryan said to keep backing myself," Steketee said.

"I am looking forward to training with Ryan this week."

After the BBL, Law said Steketee would play in a Futures League game and could press his claims for selection in the Queensland Bulls team for any of the final four games with a strong performance.

"Shield cricket is not out of the question the way injuries happen and form disappears," Law said.

Topics:  ben cutting big bash league brisbane heat mark steketee stuart law t20



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

UPDATE: Horror collision on the Cunningham Highway

It is believed and ambulance and police are on scene.

ZOOPER DOOPER DROUGHT: Where they are in Warwick

One supermarket sold out of Zooper Doopers.

Lawrence Springborg stepping down after next election

"These are never easy decisions, but I believe that it is the right decision on balance."

"I believe that it is the right decision on balance."

Local Partners

Smart new app for learner drivers

A BRAND new smartphone app could make getting a licence a lot safer and easier for learner drivers across the nation.


Creekside Carols are all set to thrill Allora crowd

Chad Wilson, Sarah and Stacey Turner, Greta Barton and Jo Denny at the Allora's Creekside Carols under the Stars   



Photo Deanna Millard / Daily News

ALLORA'S Creekside Carols are on tomorrow night

Events you need to be at this week...

Warwick Volleyball Ladies grand finalists Grinners (back, from left) Lisa Bergemann, Rachel King and Allyne Waters (front) Awesome team members Emma Lowe, Lydia Wallace and Mandy Aspinall after the first season finals this year.

Touch, volleyball and cricket have major events in the next week

Mitchell Shield between Warwick and Stanthorpe

LOCAL DERBY: Stanthorpe captain Ben Staley with the Hendry Bourke Trophy for cricket supremacy between Warwick and Stanthorpe after a victory at Slade Park two years ago.

Warwick will host Stanthorpe in local derbies

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

Saying "I do" changed Shia's outlook on marriage

Shia LaBeouf has a new outlook on marriage since he tied the knot.

Singer tunes in to first movie role

Tori Kelly voices the character Meena in the movie Sing.

Musician Tori Kelly voices Meena the teenage elephant in Sing

Cricketing greats bring Aussie mateship to commentary box

Cricket commentator Adam Gilchrist.

ADAM Gilchrist enjoys the fun of calling the Big Bash League.

The dead help solve the case

Debut novel delivers on wit, violence and shock

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Evicted from their own land: red tape tangles up family's plans

HOME WOES: Carl Murray says his family was evicted from their own property.

Owning their own land wasn't the biggest hurdle for this family

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!