Rampant Brisbane Heat return to sold out Gabba tomorrow
AN HISTORIC sell-out awaits the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba tomorrow night as they return from the road after a thrilling victory over the Sydney Thunder, to take on the Hobart Hurricanes.
The Heat, inspired by a defiant 85 not out from 48 balls from Chris Lynn, pulled off a final over win over the defending champions the Sydney Thunder at Spotless Stadium last night.
After holding the home side to 7-157 , the Heat fought back from 6-63 to stride to victory with two balls to spare through a late innings flurry from Lynn, allrounder Jack Wildermuth (29 off 20 balls) and in-form paceman Mark Steketee (12 from 10 balls) to score 7-160.
The team will now turn their focus to tomorrow night's blockbuster clash with the Hobart Hurricanes at the Gabba in their first home game of the season.
The final public tickets were sold this morning for the match, the first time the club has recorded a sell-out prior to match day.
Limited corporate suites and boxes are available through Queensland Cricket on 3292 3100.
The Heat's record crowd for a BBL match is 33,783 which was recorded during last year's BBL|05 clash against the Strikers.
Brisbane have retained the same squad for the Hurricanes match, with coach Dan Vettori keen to see the Gabba pitch and conditions on match day before settling on the starting side.
"It's always an excellent cricket wicket at the Gabba so we'll have a look at the conditions and work out the starting side,'' he said.
The match will feature an early curtain-raiser with the Final of the Bulls Masters T20 Country Challenge, featuring the Mackay/Whitsunday Nitros against Far North Fusion from 12pm.
Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes, Friday, the Gabba
6.10pm start Qld time.
#42 Brendon McCullum (c)
#77 Samuel Badree
#16 Nick Buchanan
#15 Joe Burns
#31 Ben Cutting
#52 Jason Floros
#50 Chris Lynn
#59 Jimmy Peirson
#36 Nathan Reardon
#49 Alex Ross
#6 Mark Steketee
#4 Mitch Swepson
#24 Jack Wildermuth
2016-17 Brisbane Heat Home Games
Friday 30th Dec v Hobart Hurricanes from 6:10
Tuesday 3rd Jan v Sydney Sixers from 6:10
Wednesday 11th Jan v Perth Scorchers from 6:40
Friday 20th Jan v Melbourne Renegades from 6:40*
*Double header with WBBL clash: Heat v Strikers from 1:10pm
The KFC T20 Big Bash League remains a family favourite event for summer with General Admission prices staying in place since the competition's first season, coming in at $8 for kids, $22 for adults and $48 for a family pass (2 adults & 2 kids).
Tickets for this season's Brisbane Heat matches at the Gabba can be purchased from Ticketmaster.com.au
BRISBANE HEAT BBL|06 SQUAD:
Samuel Badree (International), Joe Burns, Ben Cutting, Alex Doolan, Andrew Fekete, Luke Feldman, Jason Floros, Sam Heazlett, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Lalor (replaced by Nick Buchanan), Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum (capt; International), James Peirson, Nathan Reardon, Alex Ross, Mark Steketee, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.