Mark Steketee bowls for the Heat this season at the Gabba.
Mark Steketee bowls for the Heat this season at the Gabba. DAN PELED

Steketee a hat-trick victim after bowling well again

CRICKET: Mark Steketee was the final victim in a rare Big Bash League hat-trick as his Brisbane Heat lost to the Perth Scorchers at the Gabba on Wednesday night.

The Scorchers batted first at the sold-out Gabba, with the visitors making 5-156 from their 20 overs on the back of 81 from opener Michael Klinger.

Warwick paceman Steketee had another good game with the ball taking 2-32, including the important wicket of Klinger, as well as a catch.

In reply, the Heat run chase never really got going before they were bowled out for 129 in the 20th over.

The Heat lost star batsman Brendon McCullum for just 15 and could possibly be without him for the next game as Brisbane fears the captain may be suspended due to a slow over rate in the field.

Chinchilla's Nathan Reardon got his first bat of the season and looked promising before being dismissed for 12.

Alex Ross (39) and Joe Burns (23) made starts in the middle-order but the required run rate kept climbing despite it being an average target.

The Heat innings ended on 129 when Steketee (three) was bowled by Andrew Tye (4-22) to give the Scorchers seamer an unexpected hat-trick over two separate overs.

The Heat next play the Melbourne Stars at the MCG on Tuesday.



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